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.
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).
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!