Tag Archives: Cuba

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 31, 26 April 2020.

 

Sunday 26 April, Day 42 of SA Corona Virus, Day 31 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another warm, even humid, day, feeling warmer than the 22 C forecast, sweating while I dance/walk to Kfm; for feeling very energetic today, in writing an unplanned BIogpost, and creating a new Facebook page; for Petra Renate Quinlan agreeing to make some cloth masks for me from some leftover scarves, which are compulsory from Friday; for good old-fashioned calls with friends; for a friendly Bay Response Officer Saliem stopping outside our block and asking if I am alright when I was dancing on the terrace; and for feeling happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: South Africa sends medical equipment to Cuba, 200 Cuban doctors arrive in our country!

 

 

In the media briefing on Saturday we were told by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma that a team of Cuban doctors was on its way to our country, due to land here today. She declined to reply to a question as to how many medical professionals were due to arrive. A friend living in Havana sent me an article confirming this information, with the figure of 200 health professionals mentioned. Surprising was to read that our country sent a plane load of medical materials to Havana last week, including infra-red thermometers, gloves, masks, and hospital bed covers. The gift to Cuba was described as ‘… not a donation, but a modest gesture of brotherhood.…’! Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 30, 25 April 2020.

 

Saturday 25 April 2020, Day 41 of SA Corona Virus, Day 30 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful 26 C day, without a breath of wind; for receiving greater clarity about which businesses are allowed to operate, and which new restrictions lie ahead for us from 1 May; that outside exercise is allowed from next Friday; that I could do a shopping trip by car, only the second one in a month, with excellent service; for a lovely sunny Vit D snooze on the terrace this afternoon; for feeling good after a hair wash and wearing a dress for the shopping outing 😂; for dancing to Kfm; for feeling happy for the restaurant industry in being allowed to do Take-Away deliveries; and for feeling healthy and happy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 18, 13 April 2020.

 

Monday 13 April 2020, Day 29 of SA Corona Virus, Day 18 of SA Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for being over the halfway mark of the extended Corona Lockdown, having become a new way of life, so peaceful and calm; that KitKat returned this afternoon after leaving for an extended prowl this morning, a happy reunion; for another beautiful day, sunny, but with a misty start, the mist wrapped in layers around Lion’s Head; for Carel Liebenberg driving past my home, and stopping when he saw me, us chatting from a distance, I on my terrace and he at his car in the street; for lovely Kfm music this afternoon, making it easy to exceed my walk/dance quota; for having the energy to do a kitchen drawer clean and tidy up, gaining 500 steps from this alone; and for feeling fit and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 9, 4 April 2020.

 

Saturday 4 April 2020, 20th Day of SA Corona Virus, Day 9 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful day, at 21 C, with morning mist, the clouds clearing, and rain clouds on their way; for the most beautiful sunsets tonight; for being in touch with friends from around the world; for being motivated and inspired by the TED Talk of ‘Eat Pray Love’ author Elizabeth Gilbert; for the further excellent service of Woolworths Camps Bay, getting an item for me in less than 24 hours; for hearing the praise by Bill Gates of our President Cyril’s handling of the pandemic in our country and the rest of Africa too, on the Trevor Noah show today; for Kfm’s fabulous music to dance and walk to; for feeling excited to be observing this World Event from the comfort of my home; and for being fit, heathy, and happy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Excerpt from SwitchBitch Book 3: Making the most of two unplanned days in Madrid!

 

On my trip to Havana from Madrid, after completing the Portuguese Coastal Camino in July last year, I was forced to spend two unplanned days in Madrid.  Whilst upset initially, I was grateful for being able to spend the time in a city which I had only briefly met a year before.  Continue reading →

Resting in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil: visiting tourist highlights and best restaurants!

 

There is only one way to get back to South Africa from South America, and that is from São Paulo in Brazil. I decided to grant myself a little rest break in Rio de Janeiro, while I was in the country, rather than visit São Paulo, at the end of a three-month trip in Cuba and in South America. I visited the top tourist attractions and restaurants in this city. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Boragó in Santiago in Chile has the worst Wine Service, despite 26th Best on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list!

 

On my trip to Cuba and South America in our winter 2019, I had tremendous luck in the top international restaurants I was able to get a table to eat at, not planned as part of my trip initially, but just evolving during my travels, and often booked at very short notice. One of the most disappointing dining experience relative to its 26th rank on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list was at Boragó (meaning Borage) in Santiago in Chile, at the end of August. Continue reading →

Patrón Perfectionists 2019 SA cocktail competition finals has highest number of female finalists, but won by Cause & Effect mixologist David van Zyl!

On Thursday evening I attended the 2019 Finals of the Patrón Perfectionists tequila cocktail competition at Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Cape Brandy Bar in the Waterfront, after a first part of the event had been held at Foliage in Franschhoek earlier in the day. Despite the largest number of female finalists over the past three years of the South African participation in the competition, the 2019 SA finals was won by David van Zyl, mixologist at Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen! Continue reading →