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

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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.

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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.

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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.
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(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!

#TBT My days as a pirate

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part I “Surinam – Tobago”

While Sail Amsterdam is going on back home it reminds me of my days before I became a flying hummingbird bird. I was a bird of the sea, or you can better call me a pirate.
To tell you the story in a nutshell; I was working for Holland’s largest three-masted schooner, an A-class ship, one of the largest sea sailing ships in the world. It looks kind of like the Black Pearl, you know the one from Jack Sparrow. Okay, I was actually working in the office of the ship, but being a pirate just sounds so much cooler!

My pirate adventure started in the Caribbean Sea, like the movie. Together with one of my best friends I took off to Paramaribo. This flight was my first intercontinental flight ever! Who would have thought that one and a half year later I’ve seen almost all continents?

About 10 hours later we reached a place that sounded like home, (as Surinam used to be a Dutch colony they speak the same language) but definitely didn’t look like it. Beside the beautiful nature and the heat, the mentality was the biggest difference.
‘No spang’, take it easy, we are not in a rush, no worries. After waiting about 2 hours at customs I’m pretty sure we’re not in Amsterdam anymore!

For a lot of my Dutch people Surinam is either home or very well known. I found out recently that doesn’t count for the rest of the world. Even most of their neighbours from Brazil have never heard of the country, shame on you!
First of all, for all those people who don’t know Surinam, you are missing out on all the good food! For everyone who does known the Surinam kitchen I don’t need to get into details, they will make a stop at the closest ‘warung’ after reading this.
If you get the chance to discover the Surinam kitchen in Surinam, take a look at ‘De Waterkant’. You will enjoy your saoto or roti while watching the nice view on the river.

My other advice, (for whichever destination you travel) check out the local events. There is nothing better than visit a local event. We joined the Bigi Broki Waka Run, Surinam’s famous new years run event. We run 5 km over the famous Jules Wijdenboschburg. For everyone who knows me and my friend, we are quite the opposite when it comes to sports. Who doesn’t know us, just imagine me having the biggest struggle of my life. But sure, I had fun.

So back to my adventure as a pirate. Since we left Paramaribo I’m fascinated by the water. It’s amazing how much power and different feelings the waves excite. Well, actually personally for me it’s just one feeling, a feeling that comes from my stomach straight out of my mouth… I can tell you, the sea looks very interesting from upside down.
Finally after two days of desperation we change course and the sea sickness settles down. I finally start to see how beautiful this mass of waves around me actually is. It’s beautiful, endless and scary at the same time. I realised we are not used to see only water around us, it makes you feel small and free at the same time.

With this free spirit feeling in my mind, I meet the most beautiful and friendly creature of mother nature, Flipper and his buddies. Together with them we sail to our first island in the Caribbean Sea.
I guess I’m the happiest person on board when I see our destination coming closer. Tobago, you’re beautiful green thing!

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I guess as pirates it was pretty obvious we had to stay in Pirates Bay. This little paradise, goes beyond all my expectations (or maybe I’ve just never been so happy before to have solid ground under my feet). We stay in a little fishing village called Charlotteville. A small place with just a few cottages and shops owned by the locals. No big supermarkets, no hug restaurants, and no hotels. This place feels like an undiscovered paradise. My friend Jack Sparrow, you were right, “not all treasure is silver and gold, mate”.

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