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5 things to buy the average traveller for Christmas

5 things to buy the average traveller for Christmas

A gift guide for the traveller girl who doesn’t like receiving gifts.

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of Christmas. In fact the older I get the more I actively dislike it. I don’t put a tree, I don’t decorate anything. For one, I go home to Cape Town for Christmas. But I genuinely dislike the idea of decorating and then having to take everything down again. I am not particularly religious and do not feel connected to that aspect of the whole festive thing. I sound bitter, I know. But I promise I am quite happy. I think getting gifts makes me extremely uncomfortable.

I get immense joy from giving things and I don’t tend to wait for Christmas or Birthdays to give people little things or do or plan something really cool for them.

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Say KUNJANI to my day job

Say KUNJANI to my day job

“if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life” 

I agree, but I also don’t. I love what I do for a living (even though it is very hard to explain it to people) But I have also never worked harder in my entire life. I have never worked longer hours, learned more, managed more and I have never felt more accomplished.

I have touched on what I do but never really explained it. I am Lydia Afonso and I am the Ops Manager for Kap Vino Estate, Kunjani Wines. (And accommodation and restaurant). Oversee all operations of the estate, from the wine-admin to the running of the day to day all the way through to exports and the accommodation and venue hire. I do, well, a little of everything with the help of an amazing team.

Just over 2 years ago, a friend (who also works in the industry) sent me a tweet with a link to a new wine they found. The USP was “A wine made by men, for men” and I was too intrigued not to pick up the phone and hear if it was for real. Turns out it was and it was actually being run by an AMAZING woman. I asked her if she was crazy with a slogan like that. It was actually an export brand and she was dying to change it.

Fast forward 6 months and I found myself saying yes to opening up a “small, intimate wine tasting” that will never serve food.

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Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

I once saw a bunch of hot air balloons being inflated in a field in Bath, in the UK. It was the clearest day. Not a cloud in the sky right in the centre of Bath in Victoria Park a whole bunch of air balloons were slowly being inflated. Eager passengers waiting in anticipation for the basket to just-just lift off the ground for them to jump in.

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People and places

People and places

Family. Isn’t it weird how we all have family issues? Like who doesn’t have a screwed up family? I sure do. But I wouldn’t trade them for anything. My family is scattered all over the world and they are part of the reason I have such a deep love for travel. I grew up learning how to count in Rendili, we made flash cards learning the capitals of all the countries in Africa. We got dragged to go birding. How many 9-year-olds do you know who can tell you the scientific names for birds?

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Old Habits

Old Habits

They really do die hard. As an average traveler, I have a few odd things I do when I travel. Case and point, licking things. Also, fridge magnets and selfies with notable landmarks. But I have not so unusual habits too. Since our first visit to Europe, I have always been a sucker for history and have often mentioned it here.

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