All in a few days’ work

I usually don’t share so many personal things in this blog, but a few fellow bloggers who I admire immensely (IndiKate, Mazansi Girl and 2Summers) have all encouraged me to share a “little more of myself” so I’m going to give it a bash. After all, the blog about my Ten Years in South Africa was the most popular blog I’ve ever written!
Anyway, I wear a few different hats on any given day. There’s the Travel Producer, who develops really cool itineraries with a strong focus on sustainability and off-the-beaten-track; there’s the Social Media Marketing Consultant, who works with a couple of kick-ass restaurants in Pretoria; and the Travel Writer and the Travel Blogger, who is currently writing this. In-between all of this I am trying to train for a marathon, be a good wife to my wonderful (and very patient) hubby and mummy to the 3 dogs and 2 cats, and travel as much as possible!
When I was invited to spend a weekend at De Hoop Collection (wearing my Travel Writer/Blogger hat) I figured I may as well extend the trip and do a few Travel Producer related things in Cape Town at the same time. So after a wonderful weekend at the Melkkamer Manor House (where we were treated like queens; think four-poster beds, private chef, guided walks and lots of good wine – more about this in an upcoming blog), I hit my second home in Muizenberg.
The Melkkamer Manor House at De Hoop Collection in all its glory

The Melkkamer Manor House at De Hoop Collection in all its glory

During these three days, I did what I usually do; I juggled my hats in a manner that probably looked mostly like a circus with too many monkeys to onlookers. But just like the organised chaos on my desk, I know exactly where everything is and shit gets done despite the lack of structure.
I caught up on my e-mails, some at my desk, other in the car and even more in various cafes and restaurants. I did a few site visits at hotels I want to use for next season. I had a meeting with someone who a friend connected me with, and we ended up talking for a long time and drinking wine at lunch (just because we can!). We already have a few projects planned! I popped into Spier’s Eight Restaurant deli to get a few goodies for dinner (a girl’s gotta eat well despite being busy). I did a one-hour discussion on tourism, live on SAfm. I blogged, updated websites, scheduled Facebook posts and edited photos. I went for a run (much too short, given that Cape Town Marathon is in 3 weeks, but it was a lovely 10k in the sun by the ocean!). I started studying for my Eastern Cape guide exam (which is less than a week away).I popped into Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a lovely walk in-between meetings. I booked restaurants and hotel rooms for an upcoming media trip. I had seaside lunches (because a girl’s gotta eat).  I paid my bills, issued invoices and wrote proposals for even more work and travel (just to add to the madness).
A visit to the Cape Winelands is always a pleasure, regardless of how busy you are

A visit to the Cape Winelands is always a pleasure, regardless of how busy you are

A welcome break in-between meetings at Kirstenboschm where I encountered more than just flowers!

A welcome break in-between meetings at Kirstenbosch where I encountered more than just flowers!

The run between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay is one of my favourite. Ever. And where else do you occasionally spot Flamingoes on your daily commute!?

The run between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay is one of my favourite. Ever. And where else do you occasionally spot Flamingoes on your daily commute!?

A seaside lunch at Brass Bell in Kalk Bay, and one at Muizenberg's new darling Tiger's Milk!

A seaside lunch at Brass Bell in Kalk Bay, and one at Muizenberg’s new darling Tiger’s Milk!

Muizenberg is my Cape Town hood. How can you not love a place where the main promenade is called Surfer's Corner (for obvious reasons)?

Muizenberg is my Cape Town hood. How can you not love a place where the main promenade is called Surfer’s Corner (for obvious reasons)?

So that was all in a few days’ work for me. Now I’m back home for a whole week; a record for the past 2 months! It’s madness as always, but this weekend the hubby and I are doing a staycation. I won a 2-night stay at Protea Fire & Ice in an Instagram competition a while back (pic below), and we’ll be tourists in our own town for the weekend!
The winning pic!

The winning pic!

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