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Get To Know: Lindi

Get To Know: Lindi

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

Waking up to a hot, busy Tel – Aviv. Sea to my left, Metropolis to my right, and feeling right at home

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

Losing my luggage for 4 Days  on my way to Harare

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

Nope. Unless drinking Tequila that looks, and smells like petrol counts.

4. What is your travel style?

I am a very, ummm, nervous traveler. I have been offloaded and left behind by FAR too many airlines. I like to arrive early, and by early I mean 2-4hrs early

5. Which songs best describes your travel experiences?

Queen Pen “A Party Aint a Party”

Da Brat “Funkdafied”

Drake “Underground Kings”

6. Most profound lesson learned through travel?

Its ok to get to the airport an hour before you should. It REALLY is ok :)

7. Favorite Town/ Village?  Why?

Village? Don’t have one

8. Favorite City? Why?

I fell in love with Jerusalem, cheesey I know. But the feeling of this city is amazing. Culturally and Spiritually rich.  The energy is palpable.

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

……

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

Lost luggage

11. I had my best night’s sleep at:

One of my close friends’ houses in Accra. It may have been the tequila, but the bed was soft too

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

I am terrible at trying out new foods, so none yet

 13. Best place to get tipsy:

Where ever my friends are

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

We live in a country where the crime and violence rivals that of a small civil war. That South African girls are ummm, generous

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

My City

16. Best Cities to fall in love?

Not sure, its never happened

 17.Cities you want to see with a lover?

None in particular

18. Cities you want to see with the girls?

The World

19. Best Cities to travel on your own

None, why would I do that when I have so many great people to travel with

 20. What city best suits/ embodies your personality?

I am yet to find one …

21. About Yourself:

This is the worst thing people can ask. I love to talk, but I don’t particularly like talking about my self.

I am a loving, emotional an d opinionated person. I protect what I care about, I’m LOUD and  sometimes tactless. Most importantly though, I am the funniest person I know

Lindi Ghana

 

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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Welcome to SA: William Jones

Welcome to SA: William Jones

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1. Flight and airline?

Delta flight 200. Atlanta to Johannesburg direct (http://www.delta.com)

2  Johannesburg, South Africa. First thoughts?

So excited to be in SA and to see my friend! The airport is easy to navigate and the Gautrain is a clean, quick way to get into the city.

3. How many days did you spend in Johannesburg?

 9

 4. Where did you stay and why?

 We stayed at Southern Sun Hyde Park. My friend suggested it and I had been to the rooftop lounge with her on my first trip, so I knew it would be a nice place to stay.  The room was lovely and the views are amazing. We had breakfast in the hotel most mornings and went a few times to the pool lounge. The food and drinks were good, as was the service. The people at the front desk were very helpful when we hired a car. Also, being connected to Hyde Park Corner gave us lots of convenient options for food and shopping.

5. Stereotypes you had before?

This was my second trip to Johannesburg so I was sort of familiar. I remember on my first trip I was surprised at how much the landscape looks like California to me.

6. Best part of your trip?

The point of the trip was to see my friend (Adjoa Amuah) . The best part was just hanging out and talking to her.

7. Worst part of your trip?

Leaving. Isn’t that always the worst part?

8. South Africans are the most ___ people?

South Africans are the most open people. All of the people I’ve met there are very open in their conversations. No subject is off-limits and nothing is shied away from in any conversation. Race, religion, politics, sexuality and anything else are up for discussion anytime, anywhere.  And it’s not a salacious or voyeuristic thing; it’s an open, frank, inclusive exchange that no one is afraid to have. It’s refreshing to me. I’m lucky enough to know someone who lives there and I may be exposed to conversations that most tourists are not, but openness has been my experience with South Africans.

9. What do you think of the new currency?

I love the new currency! Mandela definitely deserves the honor and the vibrant colors and the animals are stunning to me. I’m American and am used to looking at boring currency, so any colorful departure from that is exciting.

10. Best restaurant?

The Foundry. (21 3rd Ave, Parktown North, 2193 Johannesburg, Gauteng) The mushroom ravioli there is particularly good.

11. Distinctly South African things that you did

The first night we were there we went to the Sanlam FoodWineDesign Fair (http://foodwinedesign.co.za/home/). It is an outdoor market featuring the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, micro breweries and speciality foods. I tried Kudu and Wildebeest stews. I had never had African game before and they were both delicious. If you can find it, I highly recommend.

12. How do you say hello in Xhosa?

Molo! (I didn’t learn that on my trip, I googled it just now)

13. What does travel mean to you?

I believe that experiencing another place enhances my perspective. I think that I’m a more understanding person because of travel. Even though people live in different geographic locations and are products of different cultures, I’ve seen that everyone wants the same basic things. I do recognize that travel is a luxury and an indulgence, but it is an important part of my life.

14. A must see for future travelists?

Neighbourgoods Market. I bought a peacoat there that I am obsessed with. It’s by Adriaan Kuiters and I wish I had bought more of those clothes.

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Welcome To SA: Justin Shore

Welcome To SA: Justin Shore

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1.  Flight Number & Airline?

Delta Flight # 200 (ATL-JNB)
Delta Flight #201 (JNB-ATL)

2. Johannesburg, South Africa. First Thoughts?

Bright, clean, and welcoming. From the arrival at OR Tambo, through the Gautrain, and into the city of Johannesburg, the rain didn’t damper our excitement to be in South Africa and go take part in a wine festival at the Hyde Park Mall.

3. How many days did you spend in Johannesburg?

9 days

4. Where did you stay and why?

We stayed at the Southern Sun at Hyde Park – (http://www.hydeparkshopping.co.za/hotel +27 11 341 8080) because it was in a great location near our friends and it was easy to get around to different parts of the city by car/taxi.

5. Stereotypes you had before?

Being with William, who had been to Johannesburg before, I got a preview from him of what to expect. I anticipated a diverse culture of very nice people and great places to eat. Even with the preconceived idea of how nice everyone would be, I was still blown away by the kindness and generosity of everyone that I came to meet during the trip.

6. Best Part of your trip?

The best part of the trip was hanging out with great friends over dinner and wine every night. I loved being able to try new restaurants everyday and meeting new people along the way. I also enjoyed going to the Neighbor Market near the downtown area. It was nice to see locals hanging out and enjoying their weekend afternoon with their friends and it didn’t really have a touristy feeling to it, which was also a plus.
One of my absolute favorite parts was feeding a giraffe at the Lion Park. It wasn’t very busy that day and we were able to take our time feeding the giraffe and take many pictures with her.

7. Worst part of your trip?

The worst part of the trip was the final day – knowing I would be leaving this beautiful country was a tough feeling. The hangover from the night out before didn’t help the feeling on the final stretch to OR Tambo, but it was definitely sad to have to leave.

8. South African’s are the most _________ people?

FRIENDLY & HOSPITABLE
Everyone had a genuine sense of hospitality to welcome us into their country by sharing wine, food, and stories with us.

9. What do you think of the new currency?

I think the new currency is very nice by having brighter colors that stand out. And depicting a face on the currency that represents someone special to South Africa who has taken the country to new heights. It is also nice to have the animals on the reverse that everyone has come to associate with each bill.

10. Best restaurant?

One of my favorite restaurants was Espresso Caffe  ( Espresso 011 447 8700  23A 4th Avenue, Parkhurst) and Bistro Vine ( 011 327 4558  -4th Avenue Parkhurst, Johannesburg) They both had friendly wait staff and a nice atmosphere with the open dining area facing the street. The food was amazing…

11. Distinctly South African Things that you did

I was able to try, what I thought of as authentic South African cuisine at the wine festival on the first day: wildebeast with tamarind and a macho kudu pot. Although I enjoyed it very much, some of the locals would have disagreed its authenticity and wouldn’t admit to wanting to try it.
We also went to visit the Lion Park to see lions and their cubs. We were able to pet the baby lions and feed a giraffe. Two things I had never done before, so I was very excited to do that!
We visited the Apartheid Museum which was very interesting and allowed me to learn more about the history of what has gone on in South Africa and how they have triumphed over so much in such recent history.

12. How do you say hello in Xhosa?

Bonjour?…

13. What does travel mean to you?

To me, travel is learning. Traveling to new places and meeting new people broadens the mind in a way that can’t be done in a classroom. It’s about experiencing other cultures, learning new languages, and trying new types of food. Traveling causes the world to shrink and brings Pretoria to the backyard of Paris, which is across the street from Washington, D.C.

Anywhere and anything is possible.

14. A must see for future travelists?


I can’t say it enough – feeding a giraffe is a must do! I sound crazy, but that stands out to me as it was something I had never done before. The animals in South Africa are incredible and I think some kind of a safari or trip to the Lion Park is a must see.
Also, EVERYONE told us to visit Cape Town – so I will say that because that will be what we do on our next trip to South Africa very soon as future travelers ourselves.

 

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Get To Know: Lerato Makume

Get To Know: Lerato Makume

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

Waking up to a cold one in the morning…. Don’t have the pleasure of doing that on my daily routine at home.

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

Flew 18 hours on an airline (EgyptAIR to be exact) with NO BOOZE and one in-flight movie ….Needless to say, I will NEVER travel with that airline EVER AGAIN!

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

Forgot the pin to my bankcard after taking a beautiful tour around Cairo, Egypt. I couldn’t pay the taxi driver. I was so scared. Seriously thought he would leave me in the middle of nowhere. Rough times. But in the end, he was accommodating and let me go without paying.

4. What is your travel style?

No specific style. I think my style would be classified as really chilled. I go with the flow, I love partying in different countries, and location based lunches and champagne

5.Which songs best describe your travel experiences?

Let me get back to you on this. It changes every single time. The last trip to New York was M.I.A “Bad Girls”. It embodies the whole essence of traveling with a group of girls. The ups, downs, and all the random in-between moments

6. Most profound lesson learned through travel?

I just have a good time when I travel…..Will think about the lessons later! Questions like these bore me…..

7. Favorite City? Why?

Johannesburg. Its my foundation. My core. No where else can compare.

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

a) No alcohol on planes
b) Going to the toilet during a flight
c) Missioning from one place to another with too much luggage

I know it seems trivial but, all the above can ruin an experience.

9. I had my best night’s sleep at:

On the sleeper couch in our apartment in New York…

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

1. Loved Sant Ambroues in the West Village ( NY) New York, (259 West, 4th Street, New York, NY 10014. Tel. 212-604-9254)

2. Rafiki’s (meaning ‘friend’ in Swahili) Cape Town. 13 Kloof Nek Road | Tamboerskloof | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 426 4731

11. Best place to get tipsy:

I would imagine Amsterdam, but I have never been…. It’s on the list

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

Not all South Africans have AIDS.

13. Cities you want to see with a lover?

Not just cities….The World!

14. Cities you want to see with the girls?

Where I can get shattered  (Mom, if you are reading this- “Shattered” is slang for reading) and my lover won’t find me….or even hear of me. So I think Scotland.

15. Best Cities to travel on your own

Durban, there is nothing much to do but lay on the beach!

16. What city best embodies your personality?

Johannesburg. And New York is up there too. The contrast and extremes. The hard vs soft. I am all these things

17. About Yourself:

Another question I hate…this is not an interview! But hopefully we can hang sometime so you can get to know more about me