There’s no place like home. Especially when your home is Cape Town. And when Cape Town is home to things like wine routes, pristine beaches, boerewors, rugby and biltong… let me not digress, back to the point. I haven’t been home for about two years but not a day goes by when I don’t think about our beautiful city and the beautiful people who live in it. You see, there is something very special about South Africa and, for me in particular, Cape Town. I’m not quite sure if it’s the abundance of colours or the beautiful scenery or the smells or the sounds but Cape Town has an essence that sticks.
Over the past two years I have heard countless stories from people who enjoyed their trips to Cape Town immensely. Most of them falling in love with the people and the food and the city itself.
Cape Town was the first city that I fell in love with and, true to form, it’s a first love that has never left my mind. And everywhere I go, I experience a little bit of Cape Town nostalgia – and that’s something I’m going to try and share with you all over the next couple of weeks.
Over the past few months I have worked and traveled in South Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. I landed in Bangkok, Thailand about 7 months ago and this is home for me until June, when I will be back in Cape Town. Of all the places I’ve seen, Bangkok has made me feel the most at home.
The first place I visited in the Kingdom was Suan Luang Rama IX park. This park was gifted to His Majesty the King in 1987 and now some 28 years later has become my place of solitude. Partly because it is green and partly because it reminds me of home.
The park’s website suggests a variety of activities can be undertaken while inside, such as: walk and run rallies, aerobics, swordplay, Tai-kek, and Yoka. Personally, I like to use it as a place for day dreaming and looking at the clouds. Yes, I’m in my late twenties and I spend a wonderful amount of times staring at the clouds. I’m convinced that it’s because I was raised in slaapstad (if you don’t know what that means, click here: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Slaapstad ) and was encouraged to enjoy the pleasure of a slow-paced lifestyle from an early age. You will be amazed at how much there is to see if you just slow down.
So that’s what I’ll do for the next few months. I’ll slow down a little and find bits and pieces about Bangkok that I can share with you all. Bangkok through the eyes of a Capetonian.
Happy Tuesday everyone!