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TRAVEL MUSINGS, MISHAPS, AND MITBRINGSEL.

For all the years I lived in Cape Town whenever I would fly home or go on a trip I wrote an airport post for my old blog. Something about being at the airport always got me musing about moving from one place to another and life in general. And really what else is one to do than ramble and drink a couple of gin tonics while wait for a flight to board? Please don’t judge, while I certainly never wrote a masterpiece at the airport, gin tonics are perfectly legitimate drinks at any hour! I would also write on the plane, but usually no more than a snarky commentary on a Gossip Girl re-run, which I sort of hate to love, not sure that counts. But if I had time to write and drink it also meant that I was having one of the better travel days. A better travel day consisting of actually having gotten to the airport on time with all documents in order. Not a given. Though I have forgotten my …

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DAYDREAMING OF SUBURBIA. OF CATS, PIZZA AND VERY BLUE SKY.

When I was sixteen I came to Cape Town for the first time. A big part of my family lives there and over the years all of my cousins from German had gone for a visit except for me. So when my older sister wanted to go I asked for a Christmas present in form of a plane ticket and begged her to take me with. For our week in Cape Town we stayed with my aunt and her husband in their little Claremont cottage. Claremont is part of the Southern Suburbs and that says it all – you are in suburbia. While it boasts some good schools and is close to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, it is truly not a very exciting place when you are a teenager or even when you are just looking for a decent place to have a drink as a grown up. As this was my first Cape Town impression, it could have gone horribly awry and who knows where I would be now. But it didn’t. With that first …

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TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU, CAPE TOWN.

I left my previous home Cape Town just over eight months ago. I had to count the months on my fingers because it actually just feels like yesterday and if I close my eyes I can still see ever thing and every picture in my old apartment and feel the wind on my skin when I stand on my balcony. I haven’t really missed it since until very recently. Maybe it is the horrid weather here in Hamburg or the fact that I really left a lot of good friends and amazing family. Or maybe it is that sometimes my reflection looks a bit sad when I look at myself in the mirror these days. In hindsight it feels like in South Africa I was always smiling though I do not that wasn’t so. Don’t get me wrong I am not sad, life is good here, and I left Cape Town for many valid reasons. I have moved across oceans a few times already and never regretted a single time, but just because I can …

A CHRISTMAS TREE WINNER.

When you are starting out with a new blog your first readership will be very likely consist of friends and family, sometimes bribed to read and comment with cookies and in my case wine (my friends and family care more for the latter). Obviously the need for readers exponentially goes up when you plan your first giveaway. What is worse than having a really awesome price that nobody wants? So that this wouldn’t happen I pestered and bribed some more to have a grand total of four applicants who wanted an awesome Christmas tree sponsored and planted by Greenpop to give to a loved one. While I might sound sarcastic by calling it a grand total of four, I am actually quite touched that these four lovelies took the time, humored me, and commented. So I thought I should honor them, do the proper thing, and make it a real drawing of the winner: I wrote each person’s name on a note card, folded them up, put in my Le Creuset pester, and together with …

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THE MIDNIGHT BLUE GIRAFFE

When I was born my brother who draws really well made a drawing of my mother and I that showed a mother giraffe and baby giraffe. Probably inspired by the fact that my mother has a somewhat long neck and that I was a tall 59cm when I was born. So I think giraffes were predestined to be my spirit animals. However that bond was only really formed during my very first safari when all of a sudden I was next to one and it felt like Wow. Hello. Where have you been all my life, friend? From that day I have loved giraffes and will ignore the lions, the rhinos and won’t care if I don’t see a leopard as long as I see giraffes. My timeline is overflowing with giraffe pictures that friends post for me all the time (thanks, guys!) and needless to say my most wanted holiday destination is Giraffe Manor in Kenya; I was the most jealous when my cousin Adam went and got to feed a giraffe. That was …