Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Lobby

I love this guy. he cuts hair. he is great. Enough said. The Lobby - is a unisex hairdresser, situated in Woodstock, With a Bar. yes i said Bar. you can sip Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne or Craft beer while you get your hair done. what a great idea. I think I'll go for a haircut now.

160 Albert Road, Woodstock. + 27 (0)21 447 9090

Empire Cafe

Last night I had the pleasure of dining at Empire Cafe. It's Muizenberg's cosy secret corner cafe. We arrived in torrential downpour, on Cape Town's coldest nights, to a glowing hub of warmth shining through the darkness. Once inside you are accosted with smiles and friendly faces. I had the great pleasure of meeting the owner, Dave (a divine painting of him adorned by knives hangs in the background) and he charmed me the whole night. I had one of their legendary burgers, paired beautifully by one of their knowledgeable waiters, with a good La Motte red wine, and their banana and whiskey milkshake for desert. (It normally comes with whiskey but we had a surfing local sitting next to us who had just returned from the Caribbean and gave us a generous dollop of fine 33 year old rum which we could hardly refuse.) What a divine experience, it was certainly a night to remember!

Photo: Fiona Hare

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Afrika Burn 2013 - Wisdom

Afrika Burn is South Africa's version of Burning Man. You have to bring everything with you: - your water, your shade, your food, your camping, your bikes, your transport. And you have to take everything away/ leave no trace: The BEST TIP I am going to give you is this: do not exceed 65 km per hour on the gravel road when traveling to and from the party. There were so many punctures on the road (us included), the Karoo road eats tyres for breakfast. We got a puncture on the way up (we were exceeding 100 kms per hour) but an amazing local woman in a GoodYear tyre truck helped us and removed and fixed our tyre for us. She said no matter what you are driving, be it a Landy or 4x4 or a Audi sedan (in our case) you must drive at 65 km per hour. This wisdom really helped us. I urge everyone to do the same. 1 person had 5 punctures on the way, and that was because he was driving too fast. I left Cape Town at 1pm, and arrived there at 6pm, a 5 hour drive. That should give you an idea. About the Burn, there is not much too say, except that for once I have no words. It has to be experienced for yourself. There is a peace about the desert, that supersedes all understanding. The stars at night, the burning fires, it puts you in touch with the primordial unconscious, of how it used to be a long long time ago. And the huge creativity and sacrifice that goes into the Burn. Here are some of my pics for you, 1Love.

Photos: Fiona Hare