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Get To Know: Katiso

Get To Know: Katiso

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1.What is the best early morning experience you’ve had while traveling?

My answer would be soo scandalous, I just cant. All I can say is sitting on the beach, drinking beer  at 6am watching the sun rise on a beautiful Island – that has got to have been the best way to say “Hello morning”

2. Have you experienced any disasters/crisis while traveling?

When I travelled Cambodia in 2012 I lost my passport in Siem Reap. I realized on the day I was checking out to go to Phnom Pen. The bus was arriving to pick me up in 3 hours. I just felt that this wasn’t how I was going down. After going to the embassy, I bought a beer, drank it and decided my trip needs to continue with or without my passport. It did, and my passport was found and delivered to me in Phnom Penn.

3. Have you ever “mysteriously” survived a critical situation?

In Vietnam I ran out of money. Twice! Need I say more. This was after I received a cash injection from my mom and sister.

I didn’t have money to book a flight from Vietnam  back to Bangkok and then another flight  to get back home because I spent it all. I asked for more money and realized when I arrived at the airport my bags were overweight and had a fee to pay. I clearly didn’t have that money either, and I couldn’t give up my last $20 which I was planning to have one last meal and beer with. So I played the victim and smiled and negotiated until they had no choice but let me and my bags on the flight. Imagine having to off load all my shopping, that would have been heart wrenching.

4.  What is your travel style?

Do whatever, take risks, live a little and no regrets. I like to take things as they come, not always knowing what lies ahead of me. I hate knowing what I’m doing each day, I like to explore and discover things and just go with the moment. It doesn’t always have to be done by the book. If a foreign boy wants to kiss you, its really rude to say no. Oh and I always come back disgustingly broke

5. Which songs best describes your travel experiences?

Katy Perry: Last Friday night,(I have experiences that have been so epic that I want to repeat them again) David Guetta: Memories, (The memories I create while traveling are for life. Its all about memories) Norah Jones: I’ve got to see you again (After my travels I always want to go back. I come back planning how I am going to raise up the money again.)

6. Most profound lesson learned through travel?

Only you can make it what you want it to be .Keep traveling- because it changes you. Travel makes you discover more about yourself. I’m continuously mesmerized by people.  Being able to love being by yourself and loving your own company, is the greatest feeling ever.

7. Favorite Town/ Village?

Hoi An, Vietnam. I am not one of those “follow the crowd- kind of person”, so falling in love with a place that hasn’t been commercialized makes it special. The city is a beautiful treasure.  It’s a picturesque village “lost in time” as it were. It emanates charm. There is something about Hoi An that brought calm to me. I rented a bicycle for three days to get around. One minute you are walking along the river banks, then you are weaving through the old buildings that make up this historic city and then you hop onto a bicycle to get to the beach. The city is not over populated-  which makes it so blissful. There is just something about a place that has so much intrigue and allows you to be peaceful just for the time you are there.

8. Favorite City? Why?

Berlin! Ah man oh man. I fell in love with this city the moment I arrived. I believe that in life everyone has a history, its what you do with your future that matters, and that is exactly what Berlin stands for. A city –  with not such a glamorous history, but the beauty it has developed into is what drew me to fall in love with it. The city literally broke down the walls of separation between the East and West. There is a buzz of excitement when you walk the streets, creativity surrounds the city, and ofcourse the party scene is beyond sick!!

9. Who is the most unforgettable person you’ve met or interacted with while traveling?

The Irish guy I met in Vietnam, I will leave it at that. However a lifelong appreciation of getting the pleasure to have met one individual, would be the monk I met in Chiang Mai. I have my younger brother to thank for that. I was asked questions about myself I couldn’t answer. I was forced to confront a few things I didn’t realize could be stunting my spiritual growth. “If you take care of your soul, everything else will fall into place naturally” My outlook on life and the way I saw myself changed after that day. Every city I went to after that I made sure my soul got fed. I fell in love with myself, a feeling that not even God himself could take away from me.

10. What are some of the things you don’t like about traveling?

That the specific trip you are on, comes to an end at some point. That has to be the only and worst part of travelling. But long stop over times and a flight being delayed is just annoying.

11. I had my best night’s sleep at:

Tyrol, Austria. We stayed at a guest house called Pension Marliesenhof. Its nestled at the bottom of the Alpine mountains. I got more than 5 hours sleep. It was peaceful and you were just surrounded by mountains. The bedding felt like you were at home, and it being a guest house had a personal touch to it.

12. What are the 3 top eating experiences you’ve had while traveling lately?

Eating is always an experience for me, so that puts me in a squishy corner really. Italy, the food is amazing. The eating experience was just bliss and you have 4 courses, 4!  How freaking awesome is that?  And then of course the wine !

Ghana: The food is spicy but oh so delicious, but I need to go back and do right by the food.

Chiang Mai, the food is delicious and there is so much variety and so affordable. Every meal was a pleasurable experience.

13. Best place to get tipsy:

In Chiang Mai I had 50c Mojitos, In Hoi An and Hanoi I had 25c beer, so its safe to say Asia is your best bet to get tipsy, proper, no mucking around tipsy. I need to say that its coupled with the most lethal hangovers ever as they are not shy with the booze.

14. What’s the craziest stereotype you’ve heard about South Africans while traveling?

Not the craziest but the standard stereotype that we live with animals. We need to shut it down and keep it moving already.

15. If I had only 24 hours to live, I would spend it in:

A place where I can dance like mad, drink like crazy and fall in love for just those 24hours all with a scenic view. Sooo drum roll….. an Island, any Island.

16.  Best Cities to fall in love

Florence, Venice (I can’t even describe how romantic Florence and Venice are, they have those small alley ways for those random “um hello a quick steal of a kiss”) Hoi An, Paris is cliché but I really get why, Prague (there is something about Prague that made me want to walk the streets holding a man’s hand)

17.  Places  you want to see with a lover?

Greece, Cuba and Spain.

18.  Cities you want to see with the girls?

New York (did that in summer of 2012, epic trip), Sao Paulo, Rio, Barcelona, Nigeria and Kenya.

 19. Best Cities to travel on your own

Rome, Prague, Amsterdam, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Hanoi. Actually anywhere is best to travel on your own.

 20. What city best suits/ embodies your personality?

Berlin. I can see me and Berlin being best buddies. Its vibrant, edgy always looking to better itself, a city for all. It has its own identity. Its changing in a freakingly awesome way. It’s a city that has been through a lot, yet it thrives on being spectacular. It’s a crazy crazy place. 

21. About Yourself:

Oh goodness, I could write an entire novel or make a comedy about myself. I’m crazy and I’m cheeky. I’m a free spirit. I seriously think that people don’t take me seriously half the time because half the time I talk pure and utter nonsense.  I’m spontaneous and I’m my own person. I’m obsessed with people as they are my adrenaline rush. I’m energized by the light that people can bring into my life and hence I surround myself with people from all walks of life.  It’s the small things that get me pumped.  Strength is something no one can deny I have. Travelling and eating are definitely one thing I do extremely well.

I want to be remembered for how I loved,  how  I treated people, for being me at all times and making sure that I lived life amazingly.

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