The past month has been a bit of a whirlwind to say the least, from getting a really really awful bought of Bronchitis to travelling a whole lot around South Africa I’ve barely had time to take a breath let alone blog, so, in the interest of my sanity, and keeping you guys updated I’m going to do a little recap!
First things first, three weeks ago I got the man flu, well at least the flu men look like they have when they get sick. I was so ill I couldn’t get out of bed for a week, and what’s worse is I was alone because Craig was on tour in Dubai so I just spent 5 days rolling around on my bed and eating Uber Eats. At one point Lucy (check out her blog here) even had to come and bring me food and fill out my prescription because I couldn’t get down the stairs to the shops. Even writing about it now seems a little dramatic but darn I’ve never been that ill in my life. Cut to three weeks later and I’m still coughing up chunks like it’s my favourite new hobby!
Which leads me to my travels. I think I’m partly still a little sick because I haven’t had a chance to rest properly and because apparently when I go to Cape Town I have to end up at Waiting Room and have 5000 Jager shots on the rooftop at 2AM, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
My first week away was with the lovely, and I really do mean lovely, gang from STA Travel for the annual #MyMzanziRoadTrip which was the most unexpected fun I’ve had in ages! The people definitely made the trip for me and I made a whole bunch of new friends that I can’t wait to see again, but what took my breath away was the Transkie. I keep saying ‘How have I never been there before?’ because it is truly one of the most awe-inspiring places I’ve ever been. Nothing I’ve seen in South Africa or the world can compare to waking up and taking a stroll along the beach as the local cattle and horses walk alongside you in the surf, or the rolling hills that suddenly drop off to reveal sheer black rock faces.
Waking up at the Coffee Shack every morning felt a little bit like being in a scene from The Beach, I’d wake up to the heat poring into my dorm room, stroll down to the beach and do yoga as the sun cut through the morning haze and warmed my face. After that I’d head back to the main area and be surrounded by surfers from around the world who looked like they had arrived at Coffee Bay years ago and decided to stay. While there I did the hike from Coffee Shack to The Hole In The Wall, which was epic to say the least (did you see my dying on Instagram Stories?), I think that deserves it’s own blog post though!
From Coffee Bay we bussed it on the Baz Bus to Cinsta where we stayed at Buccaneers Backpackers and I got to witness one of those sunsets that doesn’t seem quite real because the colours are so incredibly vivid, I played beerpong and became beerpong champion of the world for a total of five minutes before the local surf instructor who was a spitting image of Tarzan and then spent the night killing myself laughing at/with Ollie (he’s one of the new friends)!
After Cinsta we headed to Port Elizabeth, which I’m still ashamed to admit I get confused with East London all the time! I’d only ever flown through the city and I was really amazed at how incredible and beautiful it is, I’ll defiantly be heading back to explore it a little more very soon!
From P.E. the road trip Gang carried on for a little and I went back to Joburg for a few days before flying back to Cape Town where I got to meet up with them again by chance (cue Waiting Room at 2AM and more dorm rooms) but more importantly I got to shoot a really exciting campaign I’m launching soon, I can’t mention it yet but when it’s out I’m not going to stop talking about it! I’ve always enjoyed visiting Cape Town but over the past year it’s become even better because every time I go I get to see my lovely friend Melissa (check out her blog here), her lovely girlfriend Lauren and most importantly their child Piglet, who I keep threatening to kidnap!
Well…that pretty much brings me to the end of my adventures over the past few weeks (add in a quick mission to Mieliepop Festival and a few shoots over the weekend), I’m really excited to get back into the swing of things, eat vegetables and workout regularly!