This Summer, I visited South Africa. For many foreigners, South Africa is a holiday destination; gorgeous beaches, warm days throughout the year and amazing tourist attractions such as Table Mountain in Cape Town, Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn and lets not forget the African clichés such as safaris (aka the Kruger National Park in Johannesburg). For me, however, South Africa is more than what is just in your holiday brochure. It is my home.
|While staying in Knysna, I came across lots of pop-up exhibitions, craft markets and locations for tarot readings. In the evenings, the family spent time together playing games such as 30 Seconds or Dominoes next to the fire.|
Everything swung full circle and the next thing I knew, I was headed back to where this whole journey started: my beloved Cape Town. I was only there for a weekend but my goodness, did I make every second count. On Friday evening, I got to visit the Blue Bird Garage in Muizenberg with two friends from high school, Gemma and Nina (Nina actually wrote for my blog once, read her post here). It's such a stunning place. There are lots of tables in a hall and the tables are surrounded by food stalls. Candles propped in wine glasses next to an empty liquor bottle filled with flowers make up the table decor while fairy lights created a soft glow in the room. Jazz music played in the background which greatly contributed to the atmosphere. Saturday morning I had breakfast with my friends Megan and Chelsea and that afternoon I visited Kalk Bay with other friends, Ellie and Terri.
Kalk Bay is the sort of place you go for inspiration. It is filled with clothing stores, record stores, ice-cream shops, art galleries, restaurants, eclectic cafés and interesting people. While in Kalk Bay, I had lunch at an urban café called Lekker and browsed through Antique stores. The following day, Sunday, was the day I left but before I did, I got to see my best friend since the second grade, Kate. We went to one of my all-time favourite restaurants, Mugg & Bean. Shortly after meeting up with Kate, I headed to Hout Bay, a local fishing area also in Cape Town, pictured above. The harbour was so beautiful to visit again, despite it being a very rainy day. I managed to capture this photo though, so I suppose it wasn't that bad. After a few more days of staying with my grandparents, I found myself at the boarding gate, headed back to Holland. This time, the goodbye was bittersweet, but it was a good end to an amazing holiday.
~ Miah ~