#TBT Facebook friends and ‘the best of Capetown in 24 hours tour’


Since I don’t have any love stories too tell you (yet), Let me tell you a great story about one of my friendships.
The opinions about Facebook and friendships are divided. Some people may say Facebook creates ‘fake’ digital friendships and distance people from the real world.
I don’t really agree on that. When you live abroad it’s a good way to stay in contact with friends and family back home, for me it even created an online friendship which brought me to Capetown!

We are basically from the same place in Holland and know the same people. We’re in contact since 2013 on Facebook, but we never met each other in person.
Like me, Salwa loves traveling, so you can guess.. we were never at the same place at the same time.

Last year Salwa went for her internship to Capetown, by which she created a new mission for me: getting a flight to Capetown!
September the moment was there, I got my Capetown flight. Like it was friendship at first sign with Salwa, it was love at first sign with Capetown. As a cabin crew our layovers are short, mostly around 24 hours. So Salwa had a mission too, organise ‘the best of Capetown in 24 hours tour’. She definitely did a great job on that, so I would love to share our experiences with you!

Lunch at Long Street
Long Street, a major street in the city center of Capetown full of bohemian and urban lunchrooms and hangouts.
We went to this little cute restaurant called ‘Café Mozart’, it’s located in one of the side streets. They have this amazing buffet concept. You could fill up your plate from the buffet once and pay basically nothing. Okay, you pay a little..but the food is worth way more than that, trust me.

Visit the most famous part of Capetown ‘Table Mountain’

After a good lunch we took a taxi to the famous Table mountain. You can’t visit Capetown and skip this town signature. There are different ways to go up, when you have time and are active, you can go hiking. Or when you don’t have much time (or are not so sportive like us) you can take the cable cart ride, which is pretty impressive itself already.

The view on top is incredible. The pictures don’t really give credit for how it really looks like. You are literally in the clouds while you are on top of this amazing mountain.

Camps Bay

A must go! For one of the most incredible sunset’s I’ve ever seen Salwa took me to Camps Bay, a trendy suburb in Capetown. Behind the nice promenade you’ll see luxury houses of Cape Town’s wealthy residents.
From the beautiful wide beach there is a great view on the ocean,Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head, this view will guarantee you of feeling blessed to be alive.

On the promenade there are some really nice restaurants located, and you can’t leave South Africa without eating their amazing steak and drink their amazing wines or a good cocktail!

We went to Cafe Caprice, definitely a place I would recommend.
(picture from the website of Cafe Caprice)
“From hearty breakfasts, to tasty sandwiches, burgers and salads and a selection of meat, seafood and pasta dishes served throughout the day and into the evening, you will certainly find something that hits the spot as you take in the surroundings.” – Dylan Jacobs, Head Chef

Back to where we started
The sun is down and the night has arrived, back to where we started today ‘Long Street’. The nice idyllic lunchrooms made place for amazing bars and club. The street had a totally different vibe than during daytime. Personally I like an urban club scene, and that is exactly what Long Street has to offer!

There was this interesting place with a plain, unmarked door. We decided to have a look, and loved this place from the moment we climbed the steep stairways, you know those stairs you have to pull down and always see on the streets in movies. Inside it looked like some grandma’s living room, with a nice mix of retro lights and a stunning roof deck for hanging out. ‘The Waitingroom’ has nice urban music, cheap drinks and on top of that a complete rugby team from Durban joined our night (to make the South Africa experience complete). This night couldn’t be a better ending of this amazing day. Capetown stole my heart, and Salwa.. I don’t have to call her ‘my Facebook friend’ anymore!

Sydney’s seven

Sorry I’ve been quite for a while, I realised again how strange this job can be. One moment you have plenty of time and another you spent so many hours in an aircraft that your only desire is fresh air. Last week I ended up in the hospital (Don’t worry, I’m okay again!) so it was a blessing in disguise that I had some time to write again.

This month was the eight time I’ve visited my beloved Sydney. It sounds so cliche, but this city stole my heart since my first visit. The surrounding, people and the vibe of the city are indescribable, to know what I mean you have to experience it yourself. If you do so, please don’t forget to do ‘my Sydney seven!’ In case you wonder why seven? I don’t know, maybe because it sounds like ‘heaven’.

#7 Bright Christmas!
I always thought I wouldn’t like christmas without snow (cause we always have that in Holland, right?!). Boy, was I wrong! Last December I experienced a hot Sydney christmas and I can tell you, it was amazing. I’m a summer person, I don’t like cold. So actually I don’t know why I’ve always had this ‘white christmas’ cliche in my mind, since last year I prefer a bright christmas.

#6 It’s okay to be a tourist
Don’t be ashamed of it, everyone needs to see the Eiffel tower in Paris, Sydney got It’s harbour. I think every travel guide and internet site will tell you to visit this main icon of Sydney, ‘The Sydney Opera House’. Since I secretly like cliches, I will tell you the same. When I was young I was a great fan of the Olsen Twins. I thinks that’s where my love for traveling started. They had this movies where they went to different countries every time. ’Our lips are sealed’, was filmed in Sydney. From the moment I saw this movie, I knew I needed my own picture in front of that famous Opera House. I didn’t climb the Harbour Bridge yet, but it’s still on my list.

#5 ‘I have a dream..’
Newtown is a suburb in Sydney’s inner west, with as mean street ‘King Street’. The Newtown area is known for it’s street art and is the hub for live entertainment in Sydney. Looking for some vintage shopping, hipster pubs or just like to watch all different kind of people while you’re sipping you’re coffee on a terrace? This is your place to be.

#4 Take a ferry and enjoy the sunset
Breath taking view from the water on the city while the sun goes down. Need I say more? Of course you can take an expensive tourist boat for a tour, but I think you will enjoy the local ferry just as much! It’s great to combine with my #3

#3 Cycle true Manley
Manley is definitely my favourite part of Sydney. I’m going to say this thing again, but it’s true, it’s really hard to express the feeling this place gives you with words or pictures. You have to experience it. I like to cycle, it’s probable because I’m Dutch, so I try to rent a bike everywhere I go, it’s a great way to explore. It’s very easy to rent a bike from the shop in the harbour, 5 minutes after I arrived I was wearing a helmed, ready to go! If you would like to have a breath taking view, it’s about 8 km to North head. This place gives you a fabulous panoramic view of the ocean, harbour and city.

#2 Have your Brekkie in Surry Hills
One of my favourite things to do in Sydney is having an Australian Brekkie. ‘Breakfast at The Book Kitchen’ has become my own Sydney tradition. Every time I’m in town I take the bus to Surry Hills and enjoy my brekkie in the sun while reading a good book.

#1 You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf
When I think of Australia, I think of Kangaroos and hot surf dudes (and girls). What about you?!
So if you ask my opinion, there are two options: you can either go to the beach and watch them, or you can join them. Okay, you will probably look better on the beach than in the water like a drowning cat who tries to save himself (If you are as talented as me) but hey, it’s so much fun!