AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal

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The Blonde Abroad
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AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
The Blonde Abroad
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
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AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal
AfrikaBurn - Play - A photo journal

I don't want to tell you how to survive Burn. You can read that on their site. It's called radical self-reliance (a practice that should be carried out in your everyday life). I want to instead, share with you ten points. I believe these points will help you thrive once all the prep is done and you have arrived in Tankwa Town, a magical place that will inspire you and leave you changed. 

1. Let go of comparing. 

2. Let go of competing. 

3. Let go of judgments.

4. Let go of anger. 

5. Let go of regrets. 

6. Let go of worrying.

7. Let go of blame. 

8. Let go of guilt.

9. Let go of fear. 

10. Have a good belly laugh at least once a day, especially about your inability to let go of any or all of the above. 

Remember this; be kind, don't litter, support each other and look after our planet - we only have one. 

-Melissa 

p.s Life is short. If you can go, GO!

Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!

Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!
Cederberg Mountains and the Wolfberg cracks!

So my friend Julie has this boyfriend named Ian. He is a really great guy that loves adventure more than anyone or anything. I like Ian. I didn't like Ian when he chose to have his 30th birthday in the Cederberg which involved the dustiest dirt road that was horribly rough on my little car and entailed a giant hike that was 6 hours long. Kidding (not really).
My car had beeping lights the entire way and I was convinced it was going to fall apart.

A four-hour drive out of Cape Town and we arrived at our campsite in Krom Rivier. Julie and I, of course, decided that Ian deserved a giant Steri Stumpie cake. For those of you who aren't South African; it is a local strawberry flavoured milk drink. Needless to say, the cake barely made it intact to the campsite. I was very impressed it survived the journey. The heat was absolutely unforgiving on my perfect buttercream! Eventually, I was happy to be safe in the camp site under oak trees, eating cake. 

The main event of the weekend was, of course, the Wolfberg cracks. I will let you guys in on a little secret. I exercise because I have to. If I didn't I would be morbidly obese with my career. Julie had spent the better part of the Saturday morning telling me that the hike wasn't that bad. That I could totally do it. The question was would I be able to walk after I had done it?

The answer, no.

I couldn't walk properly for two days afterward. Was it worth it? Absolutely yes. It was simply spectacular. The cracks are unlike anything I have ever seen. If you ever find yourself in the area - it is a must. The cool part is that once you are down you can go wine tasting and swimming in a crystal clear river. I couldn't believe that something so beautiful was right in our back yard. Often with my life on social media, I have this wanderlust for travel. Have you seen the Utah slot canyons? Well if you dream of them then this one is for you. If you are local, it is so affordable. For R100 per person you can camp and for R50 per person, you can get a permit for the hike! What a win. I spent the week dreaming of going back and believe it or not, I am booking it for my birthday in January despite the wide range of emotions I had on that mountain.

So in closing. Thank you, Julie, for lying to me and Ian for turning 30. I will return to this magical place and I am dragging you with me! 

Click here for details if you would like to book or read up more about this adventure! 

-Melissa 

 

 

Leopold7, expect the unexpected

There is a new kid on the block in terms of craft beer and I must say I am impressed! A beer that is made with the environment in mind is my kind of beer!

With the theme of “expect the unexpected” I was whisked away to a magical night in Elgin at the Old Mac Daddy Airstream Park. For those of you that don’t know that part of the country, it really is something special. The green rolling hills and quiet forest surroundings make you feel like you are 100 miles from nowhere. Perfect for a picnic and beer under an old oak tree!

Leopold7 is a craft beer that has come to South Africa from Belgium and has hit the shores with amazing flavours of citrus and floral notes. We were treated to tasting notes to get our taste buds going (from popcorn to chocolate truffles) through out the day, which started off by listening to opera in the middle of a farm field. Very much expect the unexpected!

To see a fusion of international beer and local inspiration come to fruition in leopold7 is simply, magical. One minute we were crossbow shooting the next watching synchronized swimmers perform in a lake. All that just to emphasize the boldness that is Leopold7. With a higher than normal alcohol level this beer truly is audacious and with 3 grains and 3 hops blended together with a secret spice (that none of us could guess, let me know if you can) you can truly expect a great tasting beer that is sure to rock beer culture in South Africa!  

-Melissa

The Conservatory Cellars Hohenort

The Conservatory Cellars Hohenort
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The Conservatory Cellars Hohenort
The Conservatory Cellars Hohenort
The Conservatory Cellars Hohenort

I once read a saying, “You don’t have to have a silver spoon in your mouth to enjoy good food”

The last few weeks I have made a commitment to myself. It’s a commitment to start eating at the wonderful places Cape Town has to offer. I am on a food journey and that also means I cannot become a creature of habit, which for me is very easy to do.  I like value for the money I spend, so I tend to eat at the same spots all the time. I also realise that this is a silly habit. Why? Simply because all the odd coffees and random meals quickly add up to being able to eat at some of the best places Cape Town has to offer!

So this is my new adventure, to get out there and try something new.

My first stop was The Conservatory at Cellars Hohenort.

This restaurant is really something special. As you walk into the dining room there is a tree that is over 100 years old in the center of the room in cased by glass walls. You can look in on this majestic giant and the energy it offers the room is peaceful and calming. I really enjoyed sipping on my wine while watching the squirrels dart around on the tree. It feels like Cellars Hohenort has really respected nature and in fact, embraced it. The service is sharp and the dining experience 5 class.

I often get asked about the price of the experience and I must say they are brilliant for the amazing food that gets served up by the phenomenal Peter Tempelhoff and his team! I moved my way through the whole menu and there was not a moment of disappointment! The cheese soufflé (R95) is a must along with the confit duck (R195), which was all washed down with a crisp Chenin Blanc (my favourite.) The desserts were well thought out and the flavours spot on and it all was so well translated in the presentation. I had the banoffie marquis R70 which was not only beautiful to look at but also to eat!

After lunch I took a long slow walk through the gardens. It felt like I was walking with giants and I could not help but wonder the stories they could tell. To see the gardens is a treat and a perfect way to end an experience of world class dining!

So next time you want to spend money on an average take out, think of this; maybe if you save that money just twice you could end up experiencing something not only a different, but also something great!

If you would likt to book (which I recommend) here are the details: Tel: +27 (0) 21 794 2137

-Melissa

Source: www.thetrufflejournal.com/the-conservatory-cellars-hohenort

A sunset date with Krone

Krone recently sent me a beautiful picnic basket filled with mouth-watering hand made treats and two bottles of their still Chardonnay/Pinot Noir.

This blend is my absolute favourite wine so the arrival of said basket delivered great excitement for me.

I thoroughly appreciated the crisp, fresh bouquet and I foresee that this wine will accompany me to many occasions in the future.

“An unexpected twist” - I had to appreciate the playful double entendre that Krone had (I’m assuming, intentionally) provided; the theme of the basket and the innovative helix cork, which lets be honest, really gives this bottle of wine the spirit of spontaneity.

This is a wine that is ready to be enjoyed wherever, whenever.  

I had to decide on a setting that would compliment the idea of innovation.

Something a little different…

I must admit that my first thought was stuck on the notion of romance, however since my partner does not drink, I was forced to really expand on my initial idea. I had an epiphany;

Why do we maintain that the notion of romance is exclusively reserved for a lover or significant other?

Google tells me that, aside from being a noun, “Romance is a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life.”

I can definitely say without a shadow of doubt that my very close friends offer me exactly that.

Spoiling my friends in this way can be a bit self-indulgent but the beauty of it? I get to share in the fun unashamedly without the need of a corkscrew or clean-shaven legs.

That’s the kind of spontaneity I can really get behind.

-Melissa

*This blog post was sponsored by Krone. All opinions are my own.

Source: www.thetrufflejournal.com/a-date-with-krone