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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
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Cape Town: A place where happy people live life in a bubble!

Cape Town with its mix of different cultures means pure joy of living. Magnificent landscapes, happy people, good food and fantastic wines: Cape Town is hard to put in a nutshell really, and you cannot fully understand the city without having lived here for a while. Let me share a friend’s comment with you, who came to Cape Town for an internship of a few months: “Cape Town is like a big bubble, where time stands still and you feel like being on a different planet.

I was often told: “Cape Town is a place where people from all over the world meet and live, all following their own idiosyncrasies.” Well, I guess I am one of them. Everybody who opts for living in the “mother city” certainly is a little bit crazy – crazy for freedom, for instance.

Der Tafelberg in Südafrika ist ein markantes Landwahrzeichen und thront mächtig über der Bucht von Kapstadt am Südwestzipfel Südafrikas.

Table Mountain is a big visual landmark towering over the city of Cape Town, lending it part of its particular charm.

In diesem Beitrag stelle ich Euch heute meine Reisefreundin, Autorin & Co-Bloggerin Antonia vor. Antonia stammt ursprünglich aus München und ist vor fast 10 Jahren ans Kap gezogen - auch oder gerade weil es sich dort prima leben lässt. Wie, das verrät sie uns in diesem Beitrag aus ihrem Leben in Südafrika!

In this blog story, I am introducing you to my travel friend, author & co-blogger Antonia. Antonia is the voice of this article and originally hails from Munich, Germany. She has moved to Cape Town some good eight years ago – also or mainly because the life she found there fully satisfies her. How and why is what she shares with us here.

 

Cape Magic: Cape Town as pearl of the “Rainbow Country” South Africa

More than enough stories have already been written about Cape Town. I do not want to add another one about just how impressive Table Mountain is, how modern the V & A Waterfront looks like or just how beautiful the beach of Camps Bay is. I would rather like to give you an insight how real Capetonians live, so you will not go “crazy” on your next visit.

So what exactly is this thing called “Cape Magic”? Everybody who comes into the Mother Town, be it either for a short holiday or a longer stay, will wonder about it sooner or later. Clocks (as well as people) work differently here: As soon as your plane hits the ground, I recommend to take your watch, and your worries, off and step into South Africa wearing nothing but a big smile. As long as you carry enough patience and a sense of humour, you cannot go wrong here.

Ganz schön relaxed & kreativ: Bei meinem letzten Besuch in Kapstadt, Südafrika, besuche ich gemeinsam mit Antonia das Gold Restaurant, welches seine Gäste zum Mitmachen - Tanzen wie Trommeln - einlädt.

Relaxed & creative: Upon my last visit to Cape Town, my friend Antonia and I go visit the South African Gold Restaurant that invites its guests to join in the fun – dancing & drumming.

Willkommen in Südafrika: Die Ankunft am Flughafen voller Stolz auf Landesvater Nelson Mandela.

Welcome to South Africa: Nelson Mandela greets visitors upon arrival.

 

“Good Day, how are you?”, is what the immigration officer asks upon arrival in South Africa. And yes, he does want to know how you are! Do not think twice about the queue of tired tourists behind you, either – there is no hurry here and only being relaxed is what counts. The officer is there to work his hours. What does it matter how many people he deals with during this time? Maybe, you find the new Cape Town “rhythm” difficult at first, but hey let me tell you: Throw your worries overboard – there is no rhythm. You really just have to go with the flow!

When I came to Cape Town eight years ago, I took off my watch and have never worn one again. Watches won’t help you here, and Capetonians are often held up anyway. Punctuality = Being impolite. It means that if a local sets up a meeting at 15.00h, it could also be 16.00h. Or that he even found another date, has postponed your meeting or is simply unavailable. Finances are another story of “going with the flow” around here, so perhaps he is simply out of top up money to reply on his phone. Most important thing at this stage: Do not take it personal!

Cape Town always wears a smile.

There is one thing that you will certainly pick up around here: How to enjoy life and celebrate it. It also appears to me that Capetonians are born with that extra-gene for tolerance of alcohol. Thursday evening is when the weekend starts – of course, you might still have to work a few more hours on Friday, but thanks to the concept of “Casual Friday“, you can wear your favourite, comfy party clothes right away. Believe it or not, but the party marathon really only ends on Sunday night. Looking at all the tremendous party locations, it is no wonder that you end up being spoilt for choice. A sunset bar, a trendy restaurant at Cape Town Waterfront or one of the many clubs at the party road of Long Street: Capetonians get it all done from Thursday to Sunday, including outdoor picnics, winery visits and at least one BBQ (called “Braai”) evening with friends – naturally.

My recommendation, hence, is to mix in with the locals, get carried away by what might seem a little chaotic and visit one of Cape Town’s charming markets, such as Neighbourhoods Market in Woodstock taking place each Saturday from 09.00 in the morning till 2.00 in the afternoon. Tasty tapas, shopping, sharing a drink with friends and enjoying life. What else would there be to do, anyway? 🙂

Das "Cheers" lassen wir uns nicht nehmen und feiern unser Wiedersehen in Kapstadt im Jahr 2011 gebührend! Vielen Dank für den wunderbaren Empfang, liebe Toni!

Celebrating our very own “Cheers” during my last meeting with Antonia in Cape Town back in 2011: Thank you for organising an amazing visit for me!

Auch das bietet Kapstadt: Unweit der Metropole finden sich im Land rund ums Kap faszinierende B & Bs, wie dieses mit luxuriösem Swimming Pool direkt hinein ins Land ..

Cape Town does not only offer city life: Just a couple of hours’ drive away, you can stop at this wonderful B & B plus swimming pool …

Einheimische in Kapstadt: Der Blick in die Bars & Bistros der Stadt lässt grüßen.

Locals in Cape Town: Make sure you check out the local bar & pub scene.

 

Cape Town is … hugely contagious, yes !!! Soon, you will cross the streets at red traffic lights, forever smile, not know the time and be able to put up with “huge amounts” of alcohol. Faster than you think, the Mother Town will have taken hold of you.

Wind am Kap: Oft legen sich Wolken wie diese über den 1.000 Meter hohen Tafelberg und bieten ein eindrucksvolles Panorama.

Windy Cape Town: Often, the so-called “Table Cloth” cloud forms over Table Mountain, providing us with this interesting photograph opportunity.

Toni just loves to use Instagram and likes to capture her emotions through this photo app, too - view across the bay of Cape Town.

Toni just loves to use Instagram and likes to capture her emotions through this photo app, too – view across the bay of Cape Town.

 

Thank you so much, dear Antonia, for this detailed and very personal insight into your life in Cape Town! I already look forward to my next visit with you. 😀

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Written by Antonia

Antonia has emigrated from her home town Munich, Germany, in order to escape winter and live in Cape Town, South Africa since 2005. Be sure to follow her news and travel updates on her blog: http://traveltonia.wordpress.com/

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3 Comments

  1. Wilma Gunn-Els

    Very nicely written Antonia! I must say, that even if you are a local, one will never be able to enjoy and experience all the wonderful nooks and cranny’s of CT.

    The best place to be in summer and winter!~

    Good luck with the blog! 🙂

    Lotsa Love

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  2. Elena

    Oooh, how I envy both of you!

    Thanks for swinging by on Antonia’s debut here on my blog, Wilma! I hope you guys continue to having fun down there – enjoy the summer in Cape Town and hopefully see you again soon 😀

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