I swear this process changes every time I apply for a UK visa. They really don’t make it easy for South Africans ti travel these days. If you are applying for a visa for the UK in the next few months here are a few helpful links and a little checklist of admin you’ll need.
Perhaps I am too basic and average. But I cannot fathom spending money on certain things before a trip. (We will be going to the UK in a few weeks so this is specifically centred around colder climate travels.
The flights are booked, the papers are (almost) in order and we are off to London in May!
Last year something kinda cool happened and I won a spectacular prize sponsored by Virgin Airlines. This here little blog won Best New Comer Travel Blog and a return ticket to the UK. You can read all about that here.
Every time we go camping I learn a little more. For instance, pro tip – shower in the evenings when there is still warm water in the ablution blocks.
This year we went on our annual family camping trip to Beaverlac. (Read about our last disastrous trip here) Part of me hopes we will always suck at camping, better stories and all. No one ever says “hey remember that trip we took where nothing went wrong?”
This year I learnt that those sif boere plakkies with the velcro are perfect for camping. I also learnt that there are snakes in mountain pools. Swimming snakes, no really. Snakes. Read all about this years’ shenanigans here.
Here are my 5 things that I am SUPER glad I packed this time around.
- Nail clippers – Listen this baby is GOLD when you are in and out of water, hiking and climbing things for a few days. There are few things as kak as having a hooked nail and no way to chop it off.
- Matches – Lighters fail, a box of matches go a long way
- Air Mattress Patching Kit – BECAUSE IT SUCKS TO SLEEP ON THE FLOOR.
- Umbrella – We aren’t the kind of people who own a gazebo for shade. We are way to basic for that. If you are too, take an umbrella. You will look a little crazy but the shade will be OH SO GOOD and others will envy your spot of shade.
- Body lotion – Camping in the bush means swimming in mountain pools and rivers, hiking dusty trails and wearing enough sunscreen to squeeze through burglar bars. at the end of the day your skin is so dry it actually itches. My tub of body lotion was handed around the camp fire each night like it was meant to be followed with a box of tissues.
What is your magic item you pack? Tell me in the comment section below.
People make the difference. My 2016 would have been considerable more shit had it not been for these people.
I feel like we say it every year, “this year just flew by”. But in all honesty, it really has. 2016 was one of the toughest years yet and although many things improved, others just went to total shit. I feel like this year more than any other everyone just understands this and feels the same.
It’s time for our annual drive from Joburg to Cape Town and this year for the first time we are not doing it in one go. We will be spending a night in Sutherland and I cannot wait to explore the town and do the night tour of SALT.
I am one of those awkward people when it comes to gifts. I LOVE giving people things. I love tiny details in gifts. Giving someone something special or cool makes me ridiculously happy. But whenever I get asked what I would like, I just stand there smiling and then opt out of the awkwardness with “Nothing, I have everything I need”
Every time someone learns I am a born and bred Capetonian living in Joburg, there is a thunderstorm in Joburg.
I love this city. I love the noise, the smog, the skyline, the history, the open spaces and the people. Baz Luhrman wrote “Live in New York City once but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once but leave before it makes you soft” How applicable is that to Joburg and Cape Town? But here is the thing, Joburg did in fact, make me hard. This city made me who I am. I might have grown up in Cape Town, but I became Me, in Joburg. It did make me hard. It also gave me a big fat hard on for life. For adventure.
The days are warming up and as am I to the idea of little weekend adventures. Here is my list of 5 things I want to do in Joburg over the next few weeks.
First things first, I am not fit. Fit and I just don’t get along. I want to like fit but we have the fake smile and awkward small talk kind of relationship, you know? But when our friends suggested a hike I was all over it. Perhaps a little too enthusiastic as I insisted we do the longer 7km one, rather than the sort 1.5km one.
The two brothers are super fit as is their 68-year mum who joined us on the hike. I kid you not, if she didn’t stop to take photos of flowers along the way I would have died right there on the edge of that cliff.