Monthly Archives: December 2018

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The best of the city; My urban Adventure

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Mbabane may not be the hub of Eswatini but it’s definitely the place where social culture, street fashion and a whole lot of urban eclectics meet. It’s caught between decades and boasting of a landscape dotted with colonial architecture, a lively market and restaurants filled with mouth-watering experiences. I’m a very outdoorsy person. I’m forever out and about being my inquisitive self, exploring places. They metaphorically call cities concrete jungles and because I live in one, I understand why. Jungles are open. Tricky. Dense. Jungles are synonymous with colour. Nocturnal creatures. Adventure. Call me strange but I love the CBD. It has an element. A rhythm of some sort. There’s a vibrant culture in constant motion there. Intersections of every kind. Strangers meeting and passing. Laughter. Noise. There’s a fusion of stories, hurried conversations and flurry. It’s a type of busyness that engulfs you. There’re photographers capturing images. Cars trekking through rivers of junctions. Kombies swimming out. Its chaotic commotion that flows as one. Not a sound off beat, not a hello too soon. There’re suits grabbing lunch at that café that’s a jump. Cuba Nora, right? There’re teenagers out on school holidays adding to the already chaotic transitions in a small little city. There are the women on the side walk selling a rainbow of fresh fruit. An interstate corner where Mozambican Shapaa sleeps waiting and right on the other side, taxi’s to Johannesburg. I try not to make the habit of staying in the CBD too long. I…

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Wine Tasting

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“I’m curious” I ask her. “Which meals REALLY go well with the wines we had tonight?” She throws her head back and lets out a loud laugh. “I’m so glad you asked!” she animatedly replies. I’m sitting out on the hotel deck. It’s a breezy night and the lights down by the valley look nothing short of beautiful. Kim, the MC who has just finished taking us through an evening of MCC’s, Pinotages and the history of South African wine, is sitting right across me and talking about how traditional rules don’t apply anymore. At least in her world that is. “Back then, the perception was that white wines needed red meats and savoury dishes whilst red paired well with chicken and fish. But, honestly, shouldn’t you just have it with whatever you’re in the mood for that day?!” This time, the momentary chuckle is mine because I’m in full agreement. “It’s like clothes” I pipe in. To which she pops out her eyes dramatically, throwing in a grin and nodding in the most theatrical manner. I like her energy. High spirited and humorous. I recall a moment in the conference room where I turned to the photographer and comically told him how I thought the MC had had enough wine. He painfully had to keep himself from letting out a laugh. I jump off my train of thought and look back at Kim, as she ashes her cigarette, “Which wine is your favourite?” I inquisitively probe her. A non-hesitant…

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Tis the season to visit Eswatini

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The festive season is finally in full swing. December’s arrival has officially marked the start of happy days according to social terms and nothing says African summer more than a calendar filled with all sorts of activities and events. From street markets to carolling, fancy barbeques to dinners in vernacular restaurants, here’s a guide to must attend festivities happening in the country in the next two weeks. The first weekend of merriment sees its kick off at Alliance française de Mbabane. The Francophone cultural centre and language school will be hosting its Christmas edition lunch concert and flea market. Just imagine an afternoon spent in the atmosphere of great music, thrift shopping and delicious French cuisine. Guests will be treated to the classical sounds of the Mbabane chamber orchestra and the flea market will make for a great starting point for all your Christmas gift shopping. Entrance is absolutely free as well and if you are philanthropic at heart you will definitely want to add this event to your calendar as all funds raised by the flea market go towards a great organisation known as Ntjilo empowerment which teaches music to children in a local disadvantaged community known as Mahwalala. Then, on the 8th of December, save the date for the Gin and tonic affair that will be hosted at Swazi Lizkhar which is located in the beautiful Ezulwini valley. This event is a definite must for all cocktail lovers or pretty much anyone interested in enjoying a laidback day…

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