My life now is clearly split between summer and winter. During the week in summer I regularly climb Lion’s Head and the weekends are about camping road trips to find the windy kite spots. In winter, I walk or run along the Sea Point promenade when not at Muay Thai and the weekends are about wine and food festivals, which often have 10km and half marathon races affiliated to the event. My newest winter endeavor is to learn to surf.
What made you move back?
This question always brings a smile to my heart as people are so intrigued to find out ‘why?’ as though they are marginally shocked or surprised. The decision to leave London, and move home, entered quite casually into my settled European life. I simply thought, ‘I wonder what it is like actually living in South Africa as an adult, and not just a visitor? I moved home with the view to treating it more like a ‘lets just see what happens’ trial period.
What have been the best things since moving back?
The biggest surprise has been how quickly this ‘trial period’ has shifted into the permanent domain. I had forgotten how positively the quality of life impacts you daily. Things like seeing the mountain every day, the crisp fresh air, enough sunshine to fill the sky and sunsets overlooking the Atlantic. On a more practical level, I am so surprised by how much is going on in Cape Town and surrounds. Every single weekend there is a music, wine, cheese or seafood festival and the events are well organised, and well attended.