Cape Town FTW

Cape Town FTW

Cape Town For the WIN

I flew to South Africa just over two weeks ago fully planning on seeing as much as possible of the country during my month long visit.  I planned to drive up the Garden Route with a tour company or a rental car.  I planned to even try to get over to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and work in a quick visit to Madagascar before I leave Africa on June 6th.  I came here with so much wanderlusting ambition and all of that has just flown out the window.  Wanderlust gone.  Out…but not in the way you think.
It’s not that I don’t want to keep exploring South Africa and its neighboring countries, I just can’t seem to leave Cape Town.  It’s completely sucked me in.  I’ve gotten comfortable and cozy.  It feels like home…and maybe it could be home some day.  For now, I am just enjoying standing still for a while after so many months on the road.
I love/hate it when this happens in my travels- when I fall in love with a place so much my desire to keep moving and exploring is dulled down by the overwhelming need to stay in this one special spot.  It’s an ugly and beautiful thing when I find “my happy place” and just can’t let it go to keep moving forward on my travel journey.  So I’ve extended and extended and extended again my time in Cape Town, and part of me feels guilty for blowing off so many other spots to stay in this one city but most of me just feels good.  All of me feels at home, here.
I have so much more left I want to do before I head home this Fall, but Cape Town has me wanting to stay here permanently.  I’m so glad I followed my gut and spontaneously booked my flight out here.  Best decision since I impulsively went to Ireland for two weeks in April.  
I am continuing to find that my last minute-I’m-following-my-inner-compass-decisions turn out to be the best ones I’ve ever made.
Cape Town is the best of all worlds, in my eyes.  Here’s why.
Ps.  I’m never leaving!!!


Outdoor activities ✔️ 

Awesome people ✔️

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New friends and Jazz music at The Crypt


Cute animals ✔️  a seal.jpgGorgeous scenery ✔️   Great food  ✔️ 

 

Yummy wine ✔️ constantia wine.jpg

Live music ✔️

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lights ✔️Oh, and pretty fantastic accommodation… (especially at The Backpack✔️  ——> Read my full review of my experience at The Backpack Hostel.  

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Photo courtesy of The Backpack Facebook Page

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Some of my favorite hangout spots so far:The Crypt Jazz Restaurant


All in all…I am learning to stand still again for a while here in Cape Town, and I couldn’t be happier.  The “travel guilt” has faded and now I am just soaking in every minute of my time here.  I’ve posted up and will stay here another week or two- making for the longest duration I’ve spent anywhere in the past 9 months of travel.
Sorry Garden Route and Victoria Falls, I’ll have to meet you another time.  Cape Town has a hold on me.
Sometimes the “wanderlust” may cool down, but for good reason.  I’ve found another “home away from home” here… and how comforting that feels after being away for what feels like a lifetime that’s passed in the blink of an eye.
BIG thanks to everyone that has (and still is) making my time in this beautiful place so enriching and memorable.  This month will go down as one of my favorites of all time.

~HD
#CapeTownFTW
 

About the Author:

On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.

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  9. oxandson August 14, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Hey Heather,
    Really great post.
    If it’s any consolation – if there’s one city I would decide to stay in, in South Africa it would definitely be Cape Town. I’ve lived in Joburg and Durban, and Cape Town really and truly is a win !!!

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