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VISIT CAPE TOWN – 5 Reasons why

If you have travelled around the world, you must have seen some beautiful cities. You noticed their beaches or snow, architecture, culture and parties. Did you ever consider coming to South Africa? How about Cape Town?

LET’S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INCREDIBLE MOTHER CITY…

THE MOUNTAINS AND THE OCEAN

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

Cape Town is special in so many ways because it is an all-rounder due to the fact that you can do almost anything! Let’s start with Table Mountain. This is a view from the air of the cableway which (how awesome is this) gives you a free return ride on your birthday should you bring your ID on the day! Sweet!

Hiking? Check out the routes at http://www.capetown.travel/visitors/see-do/nature-adventure/five-table-mountain-hikes-to-try

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Lions head, another favourite, is extremely popular for hikes and busy each day. Follow Full Moon Hike if you would like to keep up with the Full Moon Hike events that take place each month which should definitely be on your bucket list if you haven’t taken part already. Always remember when hiking at night to stay in large groups for safety and keep the mountain clean!

Surfers paradise! Cape Town has waves, beautiful beaches and talented surfers!

Houtbay is a whole new world! Here you see it from Chapmans Peak which is a total must see.

Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

The Houtbay Market runs from Friday to Sunday and is a definite must see!

RESTAURANTS

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Rock Pool Delivering the yummy goods!

Rock Pool Delivering the yummy goods!

The second thing we have to appreciate is our food. This is because we have almost everything. We have the whole world’s selection all in one city. Even on those cold, stay-at-home-and-work nights, we have wonderful access to apps like Uber Eats, Delivery xtreme Cape town and many more!

EXPLORE RESTAURANTS:

https://insideguide.co.za/cape-town/new-restaurants-in-cape-town/

http://www.capetown.travel/visitors/eat-drink/50-restaurants-in-cape-town-that-locals-love

FESTIVALS

Outdoor Festivals are gold and it’s definitely the “weekend away” if you’re looking for a good time every now and again.

The nightlife pumps each day of the week!

STAY IN THE LOOP FOR UPCOMING FESTIVALS AND EVENTS:

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Cape Town Parties

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SPIRIT

Sport! It’s something that drives our country and we have such spirit. It brings our whole nation together in just a moment. It is definitely something to experience as a visitor for some fun and time to feel free!

ART

Lastly, let’s just touch on the art we see all over the city.

Brian Rolfe Art – Adderley Street Wall

First Thursdays CapeTown gives you an opportunity to see what Cape Town artists, as well as International artists have to exhibit. It’s always a vibe.

Cape Town is just paradise, let us never forget how lucky we are in this world. See you soon! ♡

All content photographed and written by Tarryn Hardwicke

Cape Town Areas Up In Flames

Cape Town Fires 07/02/19

Just after the recovery of the Lions Head/Signal Hill fire, Two more broke out in Cape Town today under high-temperature circumstances. The flames grew larger by the second and resulted in Kloof Nek Road being closed off.  Below you can view the flames being watered down by 3 firefighting helicopters.

View from Camps Bay beach:

 

 

 

 

A powerful, tranquil space | The Yoga Room

Clouded walls with glossy, fine golden lines spiraling around each other, the interior of  The Yoga Room creates a comforting and safe feel as you walk in.

Situated up in Vredehoek, the studio opened doors in July 2017. Suited for all levels, no matter where you’re at, the small classes are created to fit each yogi. I spent some time here during Celebrate Spring with 30 days of Yoga by Yoom. It involved some dedicated early mornings, of which now have become a healthy routine in my life.

I spoke to Elsa van Niekerk, the founder of The Yoga Room, about her goals with regards to the studio and asked her to invite us a little into her background.

The Yoga Room

E: It is just over a year old and I love what it is growing into. I wanted to create a smaller, more intimate yoga space in Cape Town and offer authentic yoga, i.e slow it down a bit, allow space for meditation, breathing, just being. My aim is to make it as inclusive as possible and it’s wonderful to know that many of our clients started doing yoga here for the first time. It really is a studio that caters for all shapes, sizes, and ages. Our teachers are also very experienced which allows us to focus on individual attention and guidance. It has been a great experience so far to build this studio right in the heart of the community.

The first time I did yoga was at a gym in London. The class was taught by a woman well into her 60’s – I was fascinated by her energy and walked out of class feeling great.  It took some time to build up a practice though, but now it is a great way to tune into myself. To really get in touch with my mind and body. I did my training in New York at the renowned ISHTA Yoga School where I found my spiritual home – their teaching philosophy of focusing on the individual and drawing from the teachings of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda inspires me.

Physically it’s made me much stronger and being an asthmatic since birth it has helped me tremendously to learn how to breathe properly. I’ve seen countless times at the studio how much benefit people get from being in a calm space, away from the rush of  life, focused on breathing and moving and tapping into themselves

Elsa, what advice could you provide the beginner yogi, or perhaps someone that has never tried it?

E: I realise it’s daunting to start something new and it seems there is an expectation that you need to look or be a certain way to do yoga. But you really don’t need to live a certain lifestyle, chant, say ohm or be able to touch your toes to start a practice. It really is not about that! So my advice would be to find a beginners class and try to stick to a routine, come a few weeks in a row and slowly build up the confidence to get to know the different poses and breathing techniques.

The diversity of our classes – it ranges from Gentle Yoga for the older practitioner to moms & babies yoga.

The Yoga Room

You can check out the class schedule here 🙂
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As part of the CELEBRATE SPRING with 30 Days of Yoga Challenge by Yoom Wellness, my experience at Unraveled was unforgettable. The classes were strong, vibey and filled with energy.

Situated in Cape Town’s ever-popular Bree Street, Unraveled Yoga provides their own signature style of Vinyasa classes, much needed for the ultimate fulfilling day. Maya Pratt, the founder, gives us some food for thought:

My aim for the studio is to merge the beautiful and chaotic qualities of city life to the essence of yoga – finding your peace/stillness/tranquility within the mayhem of everyday life.

 

Our aim for the Celebrate Spring Challenge was to create awareness around yoga. How has yoga benefited you?

M: As a person, it has opened up a space to be totally present and become more aware of how my body works and moves. I’ve always liked to be active, in different ways, and yoga was a great addition that also brought a mindful component to movement. Now I am an instructor and a practitioner and love finding the balance of enjoying my yoga and being able to share it with others.

 

What advice do you have for someone that has never tried yoga?

M: You’ll never know until you try – pick a studio, pick a class time, commit to it and show up. Do that again and again and you’ll definitely find a sweet spot. Of course, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but love it or hate, you will learn something about your body or about your mind and you can always take that with you.

I regret going to yoga – said no one ever!

You can check out the class schedule here 🙂
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SAWLEAD GROUND in SA

Sawlead Ground is a promising Cinematic Progressive Trance duo from Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Maor Nachum & Ram Erez, both graduates at BPM College, always working hard on fresh tunes, exploring different sounds and genres, taking their music to the edge.

Maor Nachum, currently in Cape Town (sadly not for long) brought heat to the dancefloor at Anomaly’s event Anomaly ft Sawlead Ground Maor Dane Stirrat Brett Aitken Venture last week Friday.

Sawlead Ground has been releasing music for more than 2 years on some of the biggest
labels in the scene – Spin Twist Records, Blue Tunes Records and Alien Records, collaborating with artists such as 4i20, Modus, Unicode and more. Some of their EP’s have reached #1 place on Beatport’s Top 10 Psy-Trance Releases Chart.

Interview by Tarryn Hardwicke

What were the first inspirations that drew you towards making your own music and overall joining the music scene?

SG: As a kid, I went to a lot of trance parties and always imagined myself on stage playing and blasting the dancefloor.

What has ultimately been your most memorable festival/party and explain why?

SG: Definitely, EQUINOX Experience Festival here in South Africa! The production, the amazing venue, the incredible vibe of the people, the togetherness. It’s the best we have experienced. After our sets, we even stayed for the whole festival and just couldn’t stop smiling.

Which musicians inspire you and your career?

SG: Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Stephan Bodzin, Captain Hook, Freedom Fighters, Modus… the list goes on!

Where would you say that you see yourself 5 years from now? 

SG: Traveling the world, playing and spreading our/my music. I might even decide to live outside of Israel for a bit. Who knows. Maybe I can get an apartment here in Cape Town! 😛

Do you have any advice for any upcoming musicians that are joining the industry? If so, please share it with our readers. 

SG: Think out of the box! Don’t stop exploring, producing and promoting your music. Always make music that you love. Play your music to your closest friends – they are the best critics!

You mentioned that you love our Mother City, Cape Town. What has been your most epic experience thus far? 

SG: Cape Town is for sure one of the best cities we have been to! The best experience was at Boulders Beach when one of the penguins decided to taste my Israeli flesh…….:P He did what?!

We love your videography! Please, could you tell us more about it! 

SG: We love being creative and finding the humor in every situation. Through these videos, we can connect with the crowd in a different way showing them another side of us. If nothing else, the film shooting days are sooo much fun! It’s a gas. We do everything from taking footage to editing it ourselves and always add our extra own special touch to the tale.

Do you have any tracks or videos that you are working on at the moment?

SG: We are always producing and thinking about new music and videos. We are working on a series of 2 – 3 episodes (depending on the footage) of the shows we played in ANOMALY & UNDERGROUND SOUND, plus some of our personal experiences from your awesome country. On the music front, we have made a couple of new Sawlead tracks with a fresh vibe. More deep and melodic but still powerful and groovy! We are almost ready to launch those so keep an eye on our pages for more info. SG aside, I’m also starting my own solo project exploring different types of electronic music production with no boundaries. Lately, techno has been resonating with me which inspired a couple of exciting tracks I have in the oven.

WOW! Exciting stuff. Are there any upcoming festivals/parties that we can get amped for?

SG: Yes there are a few parties down the line but cats out the bag… EQUINOX Experience 2019…say no more! 😉

Tell us, what is your SPIRIT ANIMAL  and why?

SG: Probably a dog, absolutely love them and I’m quite a sucker for a scratch on the back of the head 😛

 

 

Finding Freedom Inside Prison With Yoga

I knew I was going to cover Yoga as a topic this week, however, I had no idea I would be blessed with the opportunity to speak to SevaUnite about the Prison Freedom Project at Pollsmoor Maximum Facility in Cape Town.

Yoga and Meditation assist in the relief of suffering and rehabilitates the mind, body and soul. It brings a state of acceptance. This can alleviate the pain of prisoners who have wronged others, or sustained severe trauma.

Men are getting up at 5am to find some space and quiet to practice yoga.

SevaUnite began in 2010, conducting a series of Yoga rehabilitative classes at Pollsmoor Maximum Facility in Cape Town to the admissions centre, male juvenile section and the women’s unit. There is a Mindfulness Correspondence Course also available for volunteers and following this, there’s a Teachers Training Course that they can enrol in, should a passion begin to blossom.

Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside
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Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside
By Lee-Ann Olwage

A SevaUnite Volunteer, Shale Tinkler, shares some insight into his journey with the organisation and his own experiences with yoga/meditation.

What role do you play in SevaUnite and how long have you been involved?

I have been volunteering with Seva Unite since mid-2016, teaching yoga to offenders at Pollsmoor.

How can we as the public get involved with SevaUnite?

To get involved as an instructor or by making a contribution towards expenses, contact Seva Unite via their Facebook page or email leela@sevaunite.org. donations of any unused yoga mats are also welcome.

Describe some of your most memorable experiences whilst working with the organisation.

My most memorable experiences mostly involve seeing the powerful impact yoga has had on those practising. Over a 90 minute session of postures, breathwork and relaxation, tense, guarded facial expressions and body language visibly soften and become lighter, more gentle and open.

Some practising have reported that yoga helps them feel more calm & peaceful and deal with anger and stress in a positive way. Others mentioned how they were able to gain deep insight into themselves and their past and gain hope and a more positive outlook for the future.

My very best though, was once, after a deep relaxation at the end of a class when I asked how everyone was feeling. One responded with “I feel like I’m not in prison anymore”. I think this illustrates yoga’s potential, even in physical confinement, to bring about a powerful sense of inner freedom.

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What inspired you to start Yoga/Meditation? 

I was introduced to yoga by someone close to me, thinking that it would be a good form of exercise. While it definitely has been hugely beneficial for my body, what really keeps me coming back to my mat are the profound benefits I feel in my mind and spirit. When I practice consistently I feel more peaceful, more cheerful and more connected to those around me and to life itself. Yoga has helped me learn self-discipline and continues to help me learn to know and love myself.

SevaUnite also helps collect unused/unwanted clothing, toys and household items and allocates it to those that are in need.

All photography was done by Lee-Ann Olwagehttp://www.leeannolwage.com/

Check out more info on SevaUnite at http://www.sevaunite.org/

For some YOGA on Insta checkout my personal page: yoga_for_days

I hope you enjoyed this read and have a wonderful weekend! 😀

Who makes a good Eggs Benny in Cape Town?

I spent a few weeks on a small project eating my all-time favourite breakfast – no complaints here – to find Cape Town’s finest places when it came to making a good Eggs Benedict! Not only did these restaurants serve an ultimate Eggs Benny, but they topped it with presentation and outstanding service.

Each place had their own unique touch and style and created a “homemade” Eggs Benedict and that’s what I loved most. If you are looking for something different then each place will be able to suit your benedict fix!

Cafeen

41 Third Ave, Claremont, Cape Town

Cafeen Eggs Benedict

 

Cafeen Eggs Benedict

Situated in Harfield, Cafeen serves a monster Eggs Benny served on an English muffin with hash browns, bacon and poached eggs topped with hollandaise. Feeling adventurous? Grab a milkshake – I definitely suggest the Ferrero Rocher. While you await your order you can view all the beautiful antiques that surround you or indulge at the candy corner after your meal! One word – toodamnyummy.

The Company Gardens

15 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town

Enjoy a delicious Eggs Benny surrounded by nature itself in the Company Gardens, in CBD. Choose your pick between bacon and a hash brown or go florentine! This was a nice choice for enjoying the outdoors and look on the bright side – you get to enjoy a nice post-stroll through the gardens!

Hemelhuijs

71 Waterkant St, Cape Town

Hemelhuijs Eggs Benedict

Hemelhuijs Eggs Benedict

I loved Hemelhuijs because they were unique in so many ways! Firstly, the dish was extraordinary! The bread was fresh and sweet topped with poached eggs and greens with perfectly done hollandaise and sided with an artichoke. The service was on point and fast and the inside of the restaurant was spectacular.

Truth Coffee

36 Buitenkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Add some Salmon to the mix! Truth Coffee makes a mad Eggs Benny with Spinach and Salmon on sourdough topped with famous hollandaise sauce. Surrounded by finely dressed staff with great attitudes and a beautiful scenery it’s definitely a win-win situation.

I had no choice but to share my findings with the world and I hope that you can BENE-fit from this! 😛

Happy Thursday!

 

Get Real Takes Their Second Event To The Next Level 05-06/05/18

We arrived at GET REAL Ft. Hot Bullet, Plastic Robots & More, located at Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, an outdoor venue just outside of Cape Town. We couldn’t have been blessed with a better day. Sunshine lit up the grounds and that’s where it all began.

Leading up to the event there was a lot of hype – social media was epic. There was a massive crowd involved in the marketing of the event on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and use of email. The Get Real Team really did a great job in getting the word out and creating an awareness about the event in advance.

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Tarryn Hardwicke Cape Town Photography

I think we can all agree that the everyone looked absolutely incredible. If you weren’t there, check out Full Album – GET REAL for more photos. The music really had that crowd moving. The acts on stage were outstanding and mixed and matched dance, fire and disco vibes.

So there was the Main Stage and Tiki Beach Bar. It became dark and the visuals so intense! The lighting and cartoon/geometric screens were something I saw everybody zone into. I loved the vibe at Tiki Beach bar because it had its own theme, was constantly pumping and the palm trees just gave me that tropical feeling. The Main Stage was also a win because of the visuals, live acts and the lighting. Both stages had a grand line-up.

The Line-up

The line-up at GET REAL included both local and international DJ’s which had the crowd in memory lane after mixing up some classics. Below are the links to find their music in case you missed it!

Hot Bullet

Plastic Robots

HEADROOM

Strange Loving

DEAN FUEL

 

Dane Stirrat

 

Das Kapital

 

Mogey vs KHORD

IKon

Minx

https://www.mixcloud.com/minxdj/

 

TommyV

 

Two Tone

https://www.facebook.com/twotonedjs/

 

When it came to time to eat or drink, you were spoilt for choice! Between the two stages, there were multiple food vendors each with something unique and different. YUM! I gulped down my pizza way too fast to snap a photo – sorry not sorry.

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Have a great week!

Psymedia | Recess pt.1 – Bringing The Heat

Psymedia | Recess pt.1 hosted at District 20/04/18

Psymedia, supported by Olmeca Tequila & Red Bull.

I think it’s safe to say that Friday was an unforgettable event. I attend these events for the love of the music and more importantly the incredible memories that are made. As the saying goes “Events end, but the memories last forever.”

Psymedia held their event at District, a popular nightclub based in Harrington Street that hosts regular events on a weekly basis. Mad drinks specials were on the cards, as you all know, Happy Hour from 21h00-22h00. Not drinking? Grab a Redbull!

Psymedia’s event was 7 hours of Techno / Progressive / Psytrance. Basically pure bliss. I don’t know about you, but my feet were definitely moving! The music was on point from start to finish and there was not a moment that dancefloor was not occupied. What I couldn’t help notice was the strong interaction between the DJ’s and the crowd and this quote just stood out to me:

Music should either move your feet or move your heart.

However, I shall challenge this quote by saying that on Friday night I think the music did both.

21:00 – 23:00 Sacred Sun

23:00 – 00:45 Geometric Flux

00:45 – 02:30 Dynamic Range

02:30 – 04:00 Deliriant

These were all local artists and were absolutely incredible up there. Check out their SoundCloud – especially if you missed the event! The use of visuals and lighting created a mindblowing atmosphere. PUPIL Visuals

Need I say much? The photos tell the story. Uplifting, cheerful and great dancing partners! 

 

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Colourful Cape Town

WHEN ARCHITECTURE SHOWS ITS COLOURS

 

Bokaap, a vibrant and iconic neighbourhood situated at the foot of Signal Hill has unique and creative, meaningful architecture that brightens up the city with its colour palette. Bokaap area is a firm favourite with tourists and architectural history lovers alike.

Where do all these beautiful bright colours come from and why?

Some people say it all began when the people of Bokaap claimed their homes from the council and expressed their freedom in their own way, and this was through architecture. Some say the use of colour is a celebration of Eid within the Muslim community. It is also known to have been to express the Rainbow Nation.

Between 1790 and 1840 the style of Bokaap emerged. Each house has a similar design, a “stoep”, a Dutch or Victorian Style window and Cape Dutch Style door. These homes are required to maintain their facade for heritage and to continue its history.

The beautiful cobbled roads give you a warm feeling as they guide you around the neighbourhood. On a sunny day in Cape Town, you’re in for a treat! Buildings bursting with colour, heritage, and culture, all brought together through architecture.

Cape Town is a gem and forever growing.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke

Photos by Calvin Drysdale