Who am I?

My name is Lydia

I am a girl from the northern suburbs of Cape Town who went against nature and fell in love with Johannesburg. I work in wine. A subject I am rather passionate about.

I grew up in a house where our atlas was used so often by the time I reached high school it was falling apart. With family scattered all over the globe I am sure traveling is in my blood. Different from most travel writers I consider most things to be an adventure. Even just venturing to undiscovered places in the next town.

Seeing I live miles apart from my family and many good friends this is my blog to them. And everyone else I meet along the way. (This now includes you too. )

I find things, I share them. I eat things, I share them. I use things, I might recommend them. I feel things, I write about it.

Lets go get lost shall we?

WINE 83%
BEER 60%
TRAVEL 40%
LIFE 5%
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DRINKS

Join me on my drinks journey. I want to find the best local beers, the most comfy coffee spots and the coolest places to indulge in a good wine.

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EATS

Food brings people together. What better way to get to know a place than to pull up and have a bite to eat at the best local spot.

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STORIES

I have always been a story teller. I love watching peoples faces when I tell the about mad things we got up to or ghost stories about the wine estate. If I can live a life filled with stories, I have lived well.

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Go to England and don’t plan a thing.

Go to England and don’t plan a thing.

Trust me on this. This is the best holiday you will have. Okay, plan the basics, where you stay where and when and with who. But don’t plan an itinerary. Seriously, don’t even plan you what you would like to see. Just go with it and I promise you will see SO much more than…

South African application for UK visa

South African application for UK visa

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.

5 things you really don’t need to spend money on before a trip (to the UK)

5 things you really don’t need to spend money on before a trip (to the UK)

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.

Just go to Clarens

Just go to Clarens

Stop trying to fight the hype and just go to Clarens. It is every bit as beautiful as every other blog post tells you it is.

A part of me is now traveling…in someone else.

A part of me is now traveling…in someone else.

Today, one month ago, I donated my left kidney to our best friend. I have been an avid supporter of Organ Donation and written about it on a number of occasions here. Not many know that I have been going through the work up to be a living donor to our closest friend for the past…

Cardiff on the cards

Cardiff on the cards

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…

What I do

Eat. Drink. Write. Share.

Wine & Vines

From swimming in wine to secret tours on small wine estates and everything in between. Wine and I have a special relationship. I’ll let you in on a few trade secrets.

Craft Beer

Craft beer is exploding onto the scene world wide. I plan on drinking my way through every garage brewers creations and sharing my best finds and stories of the crafters.

Long Haul

Lemon tea on cliffs in Madeira. Getting lost in London. Eating raw bacon and mustard in Germany. Licking buildings in Windhoek and many more tales of travel madness.

Local

Local history and small town museums fascinate me. You find out the most incredible things about your own home town with just a tad of exploration. The town I live in is rumored to have the Kruger Millions buried in it. How exciting!
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Today I am Lydia

Meet the Lydia's

Lydia the Traveller

Lydia the Traveller

I travel for sanity. I want to explore every town in South Africa. From Bellville to Bredasdorp. From Ficksburg to Franschhoek. I want to show you adventure does not have to be a plane ticket. It can be right on your door step.
Lydia the Wine Drinker

Lydia the Wine Drinker

I have been working in the wine industry for 9 years. I am passionate about the art of wine making and the skill of enjoying it. I find the epic stories and share them with you. Trust me, every estate has an awesome tale.
Lydia the Wife

Lydia the Wife

Oscar and I have been together for 9 years and got married on the 14th of February 2015. He is my travel companion (for the most part) and contractually obligated to have adventures with me.
Lydia the Blogger

Lydia the Blogger

Greenlydia has been around since 2012. It has been many things over the years and a travel blog was the natural next step for me. I have no idea where it might end up. So buckle up and enjoy the ride.

 

 

 

 

 

I find things, I share them. I eat things, I share them. I use things, I might recommend them. I feel things, I write about it

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