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The Fluid Identity of Oda Tungodden

The Fluid Identity of Oda Tungodden

As I step through Oda’s front door I am greeted by pairs of well-worn boots clustered in the corner, colourful scarves, a breathtaking vista of Table Mountain and a broad smile. She was clad in what used to be a white blouse, which now served as an overall. Her light blonde hair was plaited back and her…

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By soninkec, May 10, 2017
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Leaping around Lion’s Head

Leaping around Lion’s Head

Life has finally slowed down. The weather took a turn for the colder and the summer sun had migrated further north. The clouds came out to play and draped itself around Lion’s Head in the most inviting way. Oda and I geared up for our weekly hiking excursion. It felt good to get out again….

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By soninkec, May 9, 2017
Stepping into Autumn in the Cape Winelands

Stepping into Autumn in the Cape Winelands

I like Cape Town in May. The heat has dimmed, and the wind has finally settled. Autumn breaks and the mornings greet you with a cooler edge. Life finally starts to slow down after our summer loving on the beach. As leaves start to turn, I feel a spring enter my step. We are on…

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By soninkec, May 3, 2017
Catching and releasing: Kamilla Newman

Catching and releasing: Kamilla Newman

Kamilla Newman sat with her long hair scrunched in a pony, squinting through her glasses as she tried to formulate an answer to my question: Why do you dance on UCT campus? “Nobody gets the reason. Essentially what the events were: it was orientation last year (2015) and I got to campus early. I had an…

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By soninkec, April 19, 2017
How to be a Conscious Traveller

How to be a Conscious Traveller

We are a fortunate generation – we live in a globalised world where once far-away destinations are now a hop-skip-and-jump away. With a plane ride, we can jet off to Vietnam, explore the Amazon, or find ourselves on a safari at the very tip of Africa. How can we become conscious travellers? More people are travelling…

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By soninkec, April 5, 2017
Late Nights at Roxy’s in Cape Town

Late Nights at Roxy’s in Cape Town

Drinks at Roxy’s after work? Roxy’s has become the regular meeting place with friends – for a cup of coffee, a beer and a game of pool. My parents used to meet at this little joint almost 30 years ago when it was a speciality coffee house with sweet jazz music. It’s funny how things change through ages….

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By soninkec, April 1, 2017
Strolling through Company Gardens in March

Strolling through Company Gardens in March

Many who travel think exploring a new city is about raving at the nightclubs, clambering aboard buses and meandering along city tours. I guess it is a little about that. But for me, it is about the in-between spaces I find myself suspended in. It’s those unique encounters that remind us we are all merely…

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By soninkec, March 25, 2017
Lunch on top of Table Mountain

Lunch on top of Table Mountain

The morning was warm, but the early morning coolness still lingered in the indigenous forest. We zigzagged up the steep staircase that makes up the first half of the trail up Skeleton Gorge. We were only a third of the way up but our breathing was heavy and our hearts were racing. I paused to look…

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By soninkec, March 20, 2017
Jolynn Minaar Unearthed

Jolynn Minaar Unearthed

“I was never certain that I wanted to be a documentary filmmaker,” Jolynn Minaar smiled sheepishly. “‘Unearthed’ itself is a production I never really anticipated.” Once she heard fracking was to make itself at home in her Karoo, Jolynn embarked on a journey to the United States in 2011 to explore the world of hydraulic…

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By soninkec, March 19, 2017
Saved by Vida e Cafe

Saved by Vida e Cafe

I stumble into Vida e Cafe on Kloof Street, treading mud over the ivory tiled floors. “One cappuccino and apple-and-cinnamon muffin please,” I pleaded with the barista. “You’re wet,” he remarked. Yes, it’s raining. I stated, with the same sarcasm as Janet from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I took a seat by the open window near the entrance…

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By soninkec, March 15, 2017
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