Travelling wish list!

Hello everybody!

Here is a video we have made for our blog and followers! We asked people where they would like to travel or where their favourite travel destination has been!

Hope you enjoy + comment your favourite travel destination so we can post on the best places to check out there + any more video suggestions are welcome!

Much love, SOTTB X

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G’day Sydney!

Hey there from my hometown of Sydney!

I’ve lived in this quirky little (ha, not so little at all, actually really big) city all my life but I feel like the older I get the more I can explore and the more I appreciate how blessed I am to live here.

Sydney is well-known world-wide and is a hot spot for tourists, seriously just venture into the city, they are everywhere, every season, at any time of day. So if you’re reading this from abroad or even in Australia, you’re probably most familiar with the headline tourist attractions like the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour etc, though I’m not gonna use this post to babble about these hot shot spots, I’d like to post about my favourite hang out spots in Sydney 🙂 So here’s a low-down on the best places to chill in good ol’ Sydneytown (according to yours truly!)

1. Newtown

Newtown is an upcoming trendy area in Sydney, it’s located in Sydney’s inner-west and is always full of hustle and bustle!

How to get there?

Getting to Newtown is pretty easy, you can drive but you have to pay for street parking, alternatively there are trains and Newtown train station is placed conveniently at the start of King Street (the main strip), or there are a number of buses coming in from the city centre.

Best things to do here: 

Roaming along King Street is your best op, King Street is the main strip and is even playfully termed ‘Eat Street’ due to the abundance of cafĂ©s and restaurants.

My favourite places to eat are: Beach Burrito Company, Cafe Newtown, Twelve, Sadhana Kitchen, The Pie Tin and Moo Burgers!

Right down the road from Newtown venturing into Enmore is the suburb home to the Enmore Theatre, one of my favourite gig venues.

Here’s a pic of Jinja Safari’s gig that I went to recently. Jinja Safari are a quirky Aussie band who originated in Byron Bay, NSW.

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Other perks of Newtown include the bookshops, op shops and vintage clothing shops!

2. The Museum of Contemporary Art 

The MCA is one of my go to places if I’m feeling bored and looking for something to do. The MCA is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists. It was recently revamped so be sure to check it out. It also features a nifty rooftop bar with world class views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


How to get there? The MCA is located in Circular Quay. It’s right near the ferry wharf, there is also Circular Quay train station and lots of buses that head down that way. Driving is not recommended.

Here are some snaps of the MCA and the works displayed.

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3. White Rabbit Gallery

White Rabbit Gallery is a Sydney based gallery featuring contemporary Chinese art. The White Rabbit Collection is one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art.

How to get there? 

The gallery is located in the inner-city suburb of Chippendale – it’s a breezy walk from Central Station or Broadway.

One of my favourite things about White Rabbit Gallery is the nifty teahouse! Being a lover of tea, this is my ultimate chill spot.

Here are some snaps of White Rabbit Gallery and the teahouse.

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The White Rabbit Tea House is a great place to stop before or after a wander around the gallery—or just for lunch or a quiet morning cuppa. Delicious dumplings and snacks, wine and beer, and a wide range of authentic Chinese and Taiwanese teas make it a unique resting place in the heart of the city. Open Gallery hours, Thursday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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4. Surry Hills

I love breakfast/brunch. And the trendy inner-city suburb of Surry Hills is hands down one of the best locations for good breakfast/brunch date (or just general good food) in Sydney!

How to get there? Central Station is your best op. Crown Street is the main strip and it’s about a ten minute walk from Central Station.

Best places to eat: Four Ate Five, Chur Burger, Cowbell 808, Kawa, MoVida, Reuben Hills, Me and Art, El Loco, Bourke Street Bakery, Trinity Bar (best Schnitzel) and most importantly do not miss out on amazing gelato from Gelato Messina!

Here are some snaps of these places:

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So these are my ultimate hang out spots in Sydney off the top of my head.

Hope you venture here and enjoy them as much as I do!

Love, M. x

Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur!

Hello, N checking in again today. I’d like to tell you all about my trip to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is a beautiful place with beautiful people and great food. Unlike all the other places i have been to though, in Kuala Lumpur there isn’t alot to do, other than shop and visit some museums and of course the Petronas towers. Although i do advise you to go and check it out! I went for 10 days though i would recommend no more than 1 week. Kuala Lumpur was hot, sticky and it would rain for a few minutes every afternoon. I was within the tourist ground so wherever i went the shops would surround me (lucky me :] ).

The sculpture grounds I visited enable you to create your own clay sculptures which was great fun. The museums were unusual and visually exciting. Visiting and seeing the history and culture of another country is always fun without a doubt! The Petronas towers are beauitful and SOOO TALL! They are skyscrapers 170mtres above the ground.Be sure to wake up early to visit the towers as there is always a long line. Very few people are able to din instead the towers and i was funtate enough to do so. It was remarkable and i must show you the photos 🙂

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Food wise i would recommend you visit the restaurants within the hotels or preferably in the shopping malls. However, if your a risk taking and like to try anything you see than make sure you visit the little food stalls outside and on the strips of the markets as there are heaps to see!

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Now to the shopping. The markets are HUGE! I visited the markets four times and there was still so much to see! I was directly opposite a shopping mall I also visited the shops alot. Though the markets are like nothing else i have ever experienced. There are so many beautiful and nice people there, altough there are also some individuals who try to … lets say attach you, expecially if your a female (and not in a very nice way). It is very hot, sticky and very very smelly there so be sure to say hydrated and wear a hat, and ensure you goods stay on you 24/7! Check out some of the photos of the shopping mall, unfortunately i don’t have anything to show for the markets as we were to concerned if someone would steal our camera as there is alot of stealing of peoples goods at the markets.

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One thing though that i was disappointed about was there weren’t any local beaches; it would take about 1.5-2hrs to visit the nearest beach (though I never went). But apparently there was also a water theme park; but again i never made it there.

Be sure to visit Kuala Lumpur it is very different, unique and a beautiful place to go to.

So safe travelling and enjoy Malaysia if you do visit

Love always N xx

Wishlist: Turkey!

Merhaba Turkey!

I sit here in my modest abode in Sydney, Australia day-dreaming about my travel wish-list. So my mind wanders and ah Turkey! A cultural and historical wonderland! A glorious nation, skies scattered with minarets, extraordinary mosques, mouth-watering food, grand bazaars, the resting place of the extraordinary poet Rumi and don’t forget the cats of Istanbul!

Let me provide you with the highlights of Turkey and the things I am absolutely dying to see!!

The Blue Mosque

The Sultanahmet Mosque, the official name of The Blue Mosque, was built in 1609 by Sultan Ahmed I, it features a main dome, eight secondary domes, and six minarets, and is considered the pinnacle of two centuries of Ottoman mosque development. The beautiful Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is a historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. The Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I.

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The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and, certainly largest covered markets in the world. When the market was built, in 1455, Istanbul was the crossroad between Europe and Asia, and the bazaar soon became the hub of trade between the continents, so it had to be spectacular.

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time.

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Turkish Food

Yummm! Turkish food is probably one of my favourite cuisines even here in Sydney but I could only imagine that having authentic cuisine in Turkey would just be absolutely incredible! Just the atmosphere, authenticity and the fact that I would be in Turkey would be absolutely thrilling.

Here are some of my favourite Turkish foods that I can’t wait to try in Turkey!

 Pide!

Soft, slightly chewy flat bread known throughout Australia as pide or Turkish bread. It’s typically shaped into a large rectangle or oval, and the top is marked with parallel rows of indentations and sprinkled with black nigella or sesame seeds. The same dough is used to make the long, open-faced pide pies with all manner of savoury fillings.

Oh my gosh yum, my mouth is watering at the thought of it.

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Baklava!

Incredibly delicious for any sweet-tooth (or not)! Baklava ( is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of philo pasty filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.

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Turkish Delight!

Turkish delight is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel; traditional varieties are mostly gel, generally flavoured with rosewater, mastic, Bergamot orange or lemon.

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Ayran!

Ayran is a cold yoghurt beverage mixed with salt. It is considered a national drink.

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Cats of Istanbul!

You may have heard of Istanbul’s less well-known sights – its omnipresent street cats. I love cats so the idea of them just chilling on streets is so cute. I would love to able to meet some whilst exploring the streets of Istanbul!

There’s even a blog page – Cats of Istanbul – dedicated to these adorable little felines! Here are some cute snaps.

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I hope you may now want to explore Turkey as much as I am longing too!!

I’ll just sit here and day-dream some more about it.

Until next time, M x

Tips to Navigate Online Booking

Hi fellow travelers,

R here, thought I’d deviate a bit off the established path of this blog to bring you a post all about the murky underworld that is online booking. With everything online these days,  it pays to be cautious – as I learned the hard way just last night.

I’ll begin with what happened to me:

My best friend is getting married in America at the end of the year, and this little lady over here has been squirelling away money to put towards a trip (working 6 hours in a preschool while doing Uni doesnt exactly pay very well). And so finally, after searching out deals, persistently checking my bank account and being incredibly anti-social (saving all the dollars i could), I finally felt ready to take that huge step and actually buy a ticket. EEEP!

So, with the resolve to part with my hard earned moolahs, I sat in front of a computer and prepared, with my father at hand, to purchase a trip in a flying metal tin can that would take me to my destiny. Or America. Whatever.

So sitting ready to go we began searching – I’d seen a really well priced ticket but then we realised that I’d have to change days to avoid the Thanksgiving rush, and so we began our search a new.

And VOILA, we found an AMAZING deal, not to be missed, OMG how could we walk passed it?? So we clicked select to find out more, put in our details (expecting at least 3 “you sure you want to pay” prompts” in order to see the final amount, and suddenly- money was taken from my account. Too much money. The Bastards.

I started getting really nervous – they hadn’t asked about special meals (which I need because I’m super special), they hadn’t confirmed baggage or anything – they’d just processed the payment and that was it. So my gut (which is usually reliable)  was yelliing “GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE” as loudly as possible and I reviewed. Which brings me to tip 1:

ALWAYS REVIEW YOUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PURCHASE ANYTHING: because every single review (bar one) was negative to the point of “they’re a scam” and “do not use them, they constantly deduct money” and “they don’t actually have a deal with airlines, they lie about prices and then leave you high a dry”.

Which brings me to tip 2:

ALWAYS READ UP ON THEIR REFUND POLICY: Thank goodness this website had a four hour full free refund after booking. It had only been 10 minutes, so we jumped online – finally contacted them and organised a refund.

Which brings me to tip 3:

ALWAYS PRINT OFF ALL DOCUMENTATION INCLUDING EMAILS, PRINT SCREENS OF ITINERARIES, RETURNS POLICIES: This way when they question your actions and motives, and you can be like BAM (and the dirt is gone… sorry, couldn’t resist). It keeps all your cards close at hand, and means you can notice things like even though your Itinerary Reciept says NON-REFUNDABLE in scary bold black letters, the website promised a four hour grace window that you could cancel it for full refund and no charge.

So that’s what I did. It’s going to take at least a week to process through (DAMN THEM) meaning that for the moment my travel plans are on hold – I’ve been bruised but not scarred and I am now far more savvy when it comes to booking online.

So to recap:

1. Stick to reputable websites that have good online reputations – generally Websites that are well designed and not bombarded with weird cheap advertisements (you know the ones I mean)

2. Do your research – re: prices, and what added extras might pop up once you hit select – ie a ticket that claims to be all inclusive then added another $90 due to “unexpected taxes”; airlines may charge extra for baggage and what not

3. Read up on their refund policy – always make sure you have a way out that will be relatively easy and won’t do too much damage to your bank account.

4. Print off all documentation and screen shots for future reference.

With these things in mind and a good deal of common sense (which I was clearly lacking – it’s just been one of those days), you should be ready to enjoy your trip hassle free (or as hassle free as travelling, airports, customs, visas, lost baggage, missed flights, and cancellations can be – it’s all part of the fun isn’t it?).

Bon Voyage, Safe travels and Good luck!

x R

Hong Kong!

Hello! R again, with another exciting travelling destination – Hong Kong!

Man that is one heck of a place – its so fast paced and busy and smoggy and amazingly fun! To be fair I was only there for like two days when I was 14 as a stop over, so everything looked and felt big and intimidating to me then, but whadayagonnado?
Alright – let’s begin shall we?
People: Ridonkulously friendly when you’re not in the airport. When you are in the airport, it’s like some mass contamination is threatening the nation and you are personally resonsible for it. Also, there are no chairs in the airport. So when I was on a 6 hour stop over with mono (long story) and I was waiting to find out which gate was going to be my gate (they only assign it two hours before the flights) I had to sleep on the floor with the creepy Hong Kong military people walking around who are probably very nice but should smile more often. Particularly to jet-lagged glandular-fever suffering Australians. TANGENT OVER (can you guys tell I am particularly hyper today?)
Things to do: Shopping. There are seriously places everywhere that you can go shopping – and you can get technological things for SO FREAKING CHEAP. I legit bought an iPod there (back when the nanos were cool – remember those?) for like 100 bucks. Maybe a bit more, but you get the idea. From huge centres, to streets lined with super amazing stores (perfume for $5 OMG), to their markets, it’s a shopaholics haven! I mean, yeah you’re probably sitting at home thinking “I could get all that stuff from Hong Kong on ebay, why do I need to go?” I’ll tell you why – it’s the vibe of the thing (ten points if you guess where I’m quoting from). The whole place is buzzing and alive with people and places and things and stuff and smells (although those aren’t necessarily so amazing, to be honest).
Things to do but not expect too much from, even if you are 12: Disneyland Hong Kong. It’s shit. Excuse the language. But really, there are no rides – the most ‘actiony’ ride is one down a river where you go to Tarzan’s tree and you see the gorilla and the elephants spray you. Apparently Hong Kong doesnt like excess excitement. I dunno, but even at 14, and my sister at 12, we did not really have such a great time which was sad because it was Disneyland ya know? The taxi driver who took us there was hillarious though – he drove like we were in a roller coaster and stopped off because he needed the bathroom. Still though, if you have a day and money to throw away because you’ve already bought all the iPads you can optimistically fit in your suitcase then sure, go to Disneyland, just don’t expect it to be American Disney, because it’s not.
Ultimately though, enjoy the people, the vibe, the food, the shopping – it’s all so similar to the West and yet so fundamentally different that it’s a vibrant colourful city that you can spend days walking around. Or you can spend those days getting $5 manicures. To each their own!
x R 🙂

Paris, France!

Bonjour, it’s A here and I just wanted to share with you a little bit about Paris. It’s no secret why every girl wants to visit the remarkable city. I mean the promise of it being the city of love is a god enough reason right? Well if that doesn’t satisfy then surely the shopping, landmarks oh and lets not forget the amazing pastries and bread that are baked fresh daily at the local boulangerie.

It’s a good thing that a lot of the city can be seen in short walking distances or on a bike because you will appreciate the exercise after eating all the tempting macaroons, pastries and breads. One of my favourite places for a quick sugar fix was the Laduree. The mouthwatering sweet options were endless and you simply cannot leave Paris without having visited there.

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Apart from indulging in sweet treats, of course there are other spectacular things to do in Paris like shopping in the Champs Elysee. As you stroll along the stretch of paving that leads right up to the Arc De Triumphe, you may wish to zig zag from shop to shop, swiping that credit card or perhaps causing less damage and window shopping instead. But when you get to the very top of the street, there stands the large arch- one of Paris’ well known monuments which was built by Napoleon as a symbol of his victory in battle in 1805.

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Also, apart from shopping in the Champs Elysee you may wish to visit the very famous first  apartment and boutique of Mademoiselle Chanel at 31 Rue Cambon. The store comprises of four levels, but unless you are V.I.P I’m afraid you won’t make it past the first level, I thought I would try my luck anyway… but as I thought no chance. It’s alright a glance at the famous staircase sufficed I suppose.

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Well if shopping isnt youre thing don’t fret- there are other things to do! Like visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Notre Dame and the Louvre.

If you are anything like me and are too lazy to take the stairs up the Eiffel Tower, then you can just take the lift up and enjoy the breathtaking view of the City from above. I also recommend that you visit the Eiffel Tower in the evening. With the thousands of fairy lights it is nothing short of impressive.

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Ahh, the Notre Dame! It was incredibly amazing! I just could not believe that this kind of engineering and architecture existed so may years back, I mean can you? The detail on the outside is equally as impressive as the inside. And I’m not the only one to find this fascinating either, because in order to enter the gothic cathedral you will be lining up for approximately 15 mins! Well I was anyway, though it wasnt so bad cause I had the opportunity to take pictures while I waited, and when I got inside it was all worth it.

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For my visit to Verailles and the Louvre I decided to take part of a tour because I thought it would probably be really easy to get lost in these places, and in hind sight I was right! SoI strongly recommend you do the same. What particularly impressed me at the Palace of Versailles was the acres of perfectly landscaped garden, surrounding the building that King Louis XIV and the royal family lived in before the French Revolution.

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The time we had in the Louvre was very limited, so we were restricted to a number of artworks we could see that day. But even if we had more time, it would be impossible to get through the whole art gallery in a single day, in fact it is said to take up to 100 days to view them all and that would be in a brief glance! My favourite part of the Louvre like many others was the end of the tour where we viewed the Mona Lisa. Im not sure if I actually liked the painting itself or if it was just the hype of viewing ‘The Mona Lisa’.

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Well, I’ve been to the beautiful city twice already and I can assure you I cannot wait until my next visit. But until then au revoir Paris and safe travels my friends!

A xx

South Africa – Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth!

Addo Elephant park- South Africa

 

 

Hello! R here. Like many Australians, I was not in fact born in the sun burnt country down under. Rather, I was born in the culturally vibrant country of South Africa- in the city of Johannesburg (Jo-burg) to be precise. I moved across with my family to Sydney, Australia when I was 6 years old. Since moving, my family has been back twice – the first time was about 6 years ago, when I was 14/15; and the second was back in April this year (2013).

It’s impossible to describe a country and everything it offers in one blog post, so I’m keeping it simple and focussing on the two cities that mean the most to me:
– Johanessburg
– Port Elizabeth

Safety First: I do not want to put you off with this next tid bit, but it has to be said: be very vigilant with both your personal safety and that of your belongings, both in the car, place your staying and out – lock what can be locked, keep your valuables at home and do not to walk around at night (unless in safe areas for short distances). There are high levels of crime in South Africa, but that should not put you off from visting the amazing place that it is and everything that it offers. It pays to be vigilant, but it shouldn’t destroy your trip. That said, on with the fun stuff!

Transportation:

There is no such thing as public transport in South Africa. That is to say – there are not city buses, and the Taxis mottos are “squeeze as many people into this 12 seater as possible and drive faster than the speed of light ignoring every single road rule possible” and therefore not a very safe or reliable option.

There is the Gaut Train in Jo-Burg, it is my recommendation to simply hire a car. The roads are incredible, and it is quite easy to get from one place to another. As with any major city, avoid high traffic times, but really the rest of the time it is not a problem.

To get from city to city, you can drive easily (the speed limits are more like speed suggestions, just be careful you dont get caught!), or you can fly.

Johanesburg:

International flights land in Jo-Burg, so its a good place to start your trip to settle into the country, look around and get used to the South African way of life. Johanessburg is a big city – so big that the gap between it and the neuighbouring captial city of Pretoria is now a staggering 20 minute drive. They’re practically the same place now!

It is not necessarily the most beautiful city in the world – it has nice houses but they’re all hidden behind three story walls, but it offers a lot in terms of culture.

Weather:
It is interesting to note that the weather in Jo-burg is quite predictable – the seasons follow clear patterns!
Winter: It’s incredibly dry. Not a drop of rain. All the grass goes that beautiful golden-brown colour that we usually associate with the African plains. Temperature wise, it’s pleasant during the day and freezing at night.
Summer: Hot, hot, hot! But here’s the fun part. Every afternoon there is a storm, which will be there for about an hour around 4 o’clockish (give or take) and then it’ll disappear again. At this time of year, the surrounding countryside is beautifully lush and green!

To do:
Situated in the middle of the country, naturally Johannesburg is land locked – no beaches or seas. However what it lacks in beach side frolicking, it makes up for with its enormous shopping centres and malls. If there’s one thing South Africa does really well, it’s their shopping. Coming from Australia, where $1 buys you R10, you are guaranteed a could time! Head over to Sandton, or Eastgate try stores like Truworths or Foschini? Or the cheaper warehouse chain Meltz! There’s even the odd Aussie favourite Cotton On dotted around – its quite funny to see its prices in comparison to what we pay here! For department store shopping at bargain prices, head over to Woolworths – in Australia is a supermarket chain, in South Africa it’s clothes.

Must see: You have GOT to check out their hyper markets. These are literally Coles on steroids! They’re HUGE, and sell everything from food, to fresh baked goods from their in store bakeries, meats from their shop butchers, etc. They also sell pots, pans, utensils, crockery, appliances – including large appliances like fridges and ovens and stoves! But that’s not all! They sell homewares and bedding and linen and beds and cushions and quilts and medicines and clothes. Televisions, iPods, phones and phone contracts, radios, tools, in store florists, and thats only in the one half of the hyper market I managed to walk through!

Port Elizabeth:

About an hour’s flight from Johanessburg you land in this little terminal airport optimistacally named “Port Elizabeth International Airport”, probably named so for when the Soccor World Cup had some events there in 2010. Port Elizabeth is a small little suburban place that is too big to be a town, and a bit too small to be a city. But it’s lovely!

Weather:
The weather in PE is not as predictable as Jo-burg.Dubbed South Africa’s “Windy City”, the weather is cold during winter and warm in the summer, with high winds that caused our plane this April to rock A LOT during landing. As a nervous flyer I was petrified! But the pilots are more than qualified to land in these conditions so have no fear!

To do:

There’s a lot to do in PE. Crime levels aren’t as high as in Jo-burg, so you can go for walks with friends in the park, but be very vigilant.
There are numerous stadiums with shows and games being played, so why not see if you can get tickets?
Once again, shopping! The centres aren’t as big as those in Jo-burg but they offer amazing variety for even more amazing prices!!!

Must See:

The boardwalk – ach I love this place! If could have a destination wedding, this would be where I’d go! The boardwalk runs along with bay, with beautiful views. The Boardwalk offers a lot:

* The Sunday Markets – every sunday a long the boardwalk market stalls are opened, and here you can do all your personal and gift shopping for your trip momentos, for incredible prices! Everything from African wood art, to traditional style paintings, to bags and clothes, to jewellery and more!

* Little tip: Go up to any of the wood or painting vendors and ask them if they sell Zimbawean dollars – the currency of Zimbabwe up until it was dissolved (they now use $US). The numbers are extraodinary! Haggle them on a good price – I got two notes ($200 billion, and $1 trillion) for a grand total of $4! How crazy is that??

* The Casino – Across the road from the boardwalk, is The Boardwalk Casino, an open air shopping compex and Casiono. Even if you’re not interested in gambling, go and have a look – it’s breathtaking! There are little restaurants and vintage stores that can keep you occupied for hours!
* The Hotel – The Boardwalk Hotel – a newly built 6 star hotel connected to the Casino. Remember my imaginary destination wedding? This would be where I’d have it. It’s BEAUTIFUL! Walk in and have a look around. It is so elegant and sophisticated, and aboslutely – to use a South Africanism – “stunning”. If you have stayed there or plan on staying there, I would love to hear what it’s like upstairs!

Addo Elephant Park – about an hour out of PE, Addo Elephant park is a MUST see. For this you will need a car. In the park there are elephants, lions zebras, warthogs, buck and so much more! This is a day trip, and totally worth it!

Head to one of the watering hole around 11.30 to see all the elephant herds gathering to drink. If you get there and they aren’t there, wait a while. We waited half an hour and ate lunch thinking they’d gone already, and then suddenly 12 elephants appeared and started bathing and drinking. It was incredible!

Also – when buying a ticket, DO NOT MENTION IF YOU ARE FOREIGN. They ask if you are South African, just say yes. They’ll charge you triple if you say you arent – this is not urban legend, this is fact.

There are other game reserves in South Africa, such as Kruger National Park which is perhaps the most well known. There’s plenty you can do at them, besides for driving around which is really fun! You can also see if they have an lion cubs, which some parks keep in separate areas for them to grow and to ensure they are healthy. They might even let you go inside for a little play (for a fee of course)!

Of course, there’s lots to do in South Africa, more than I can fit! I hope this has done a little to pique your curiosity!! South Acrica truly is an extraordinary place!

Safe travels!

Rivka X