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The story of the “Sacred Mountain of Varese”

The story of the “Sacred Mountain of Varese”

Living in an area in Italy which is in a strange sense similar to the Fish Hoek or Pinelands of Cape Town by looking at its inhabitants (those Fish Hoek and Pinelands locals will know what I mean a.k.a a community of elderly citizens, to […]

Italian 101: Greetings

Italian 101: Greetings

So the first few Italian classes I’ve had was pretty intense. I don’t really know what else I expected from an “intensive course”. I have a suspicion my biggest mistake was missing the first, introductory class. Whether that is the truth or not, I feel […]

Ciao da Varese!

Ciao da Varese!

I know what you’re thinking of this headline… I’ve only been in Italy for three nights and now I think I’m Italian… On the contrary, I know very well how long it’s going to take to get immersed in this culture. From the half-day I […]

Off to Italy: It’s the final countdown

Off to Italy: It’s the final countdown

One of my favourite quotes has always been that Arab proverb “He who lives sees much. He who travels sees more.” And I really do want to see more… thanks to the damned travel bug that, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), cannot be cured or treated with any […]

Getting Localé

Getting Localé

One of the less desirable areas to work in is most certainly Mowbray. Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe every area in Cape Town has its ‘something special’, but when I have to tell people where I’m based, I don’t think twice to say Rosebank […]

Kirstenbosch summer sunset concerts

Kirstenbosch summer sunset concerts

Yup, she has arrived… Sweet, sweet Summer. The sun is setting much later than a month ago, there is an energy and a buzz in the air – or maybe that’s just the 37kph wind that comes complimentary with Cape Town’s summer. Summer means a […]

Introducing the Malay roti

Introducing the Malay roti

Like many other Indian dishes, the roti [pronounced: roh-tee or rooh-tee – depending where you’re from apparently] was adopted and adapted by the Cape Malay community and is quite a favourite in many households in Cape Town. If you haven’t a clue what I’m talking about (you newbies […]

How HQ restaurant converted me to a steak-lover

How HQ restaurant converted me to a steak-lover

I am sure the majority of you reading this have been to HQ restaurant more than once. I, however, experienced this much talked about steakhouse for the first time recently, and the experience has turned me into a steak-lover. True story. My first thought as […]

Muizenberg’s oldest shop

Muizenberg’s oldest shop

The last man standing, the fittest survivor, the old kid on the block… That is how I would describe Majestic Cafe in Muizenberg – the oldest shop in Muizenberg, established in 1937 and still creating holiday vibes selling fish & chips and soft serve like hot […]

The ‘more appropriate’ way to say bye

The ‘more appropriate’ way to say bye

As mentioned before, I work with an amazing crew who I continuously bother about teaching me to ‘speak Coloured’. Up until now they have taught me quite a bit even though I think I work on their nerves sometimes, always asking “How do you spell […]