south africa

AmaZink

i’ve been meaning to tell you about a local restaurant i visited recently with some friends during the world cup, we went to watch the (heartbreaking) ghana / uruguay match there and it was awesome. amazink eatery is in kayamandi, stellenbosch and they serve yummy braai food such as generous portions of pap & wors (which i had, accompanied by delicious chakalaka and creamed spinach) and other typically south african meals. the place was packed, the vibe was great, the food was tasty, i had too many beers and when it was all over my friends and i were sold. next time you’re in stellenbosch make sure you pay them a visit.

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bluestockings

hold on a second while i mentally jump up and down from excitement at the discovery of this local style blog bluestockings, by emma durr & michelle gow (transplants from england and canada respectively). as far as i can see most of these photos were taken in stellenbosch in and around the university campus, which means i am doubly excited. nice little interviews, quality writing, beautiful photos and excellent local style is the word of the day at bluestockings


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kapama karula

don’t ask me why but i have been looking at a ton of safari lodges lately (no i’m not planning a trip, if only) and amongst all the usual colonial african, hunting lodge, dark leather couches, elephant heads on the walls and springbok hides on the floor kind of places i discovered kapama karula. aaaah, a serene non-kitsch sanctuary in the middle of the african bush. sign me up, please. pass me a gin while i look at some lions and enjoy the vervet monkeys… that would be great.

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wow, what a game. our chances were slim… but we came out victorious in more ways than one. firstly, we scored the opening goal of the world cup. secondly, we scored 3 goals overall – that’s 2 more than the french. thirdly, we BEAT the french. they are ranked 9th, we are ranked 83rd. so, as us south africans would say, wela kapela! feeling like this:

well done bafana bafana

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we’ll always have mexico

the mood across SA is a bit sad this morning (if you don’t follow the world cup…) and even though its technically not over for bafana yet, some people’s optimism has wained considerably since that awesome opening game against mexico. but my spirit isn’t broken, because i haven’t seen the country united like this since the 1995 rugby world cup.

i was watching the game with my dad & during the national anthem he said, “at this very moment 34 years ago people were patrolling our suburbs with guns, look at the country now.” that’s when you don’t actually care if bafana wins or not.

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