Tag Archives: Havana

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 9 of Level 4, 9 May 2020.

 

Saturday 9 May 2020, Day 9 of Level 4, after 35 days at Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another spectacular 24C day, how lucky we are, and how good for one’s soul and spirit; for going to exercise earlier, and therefore walking further, up to First Beach in Clifton, quickly getting to 10000 steps by the time I returned home; for having a relaxed day after the energetic start to the day; for spoiling myself with a pizza delivery from Col’Cacchio Camps Bay, superbly executed hygiene and ordering wise; loving the Vit D sun therapy on my terrace; for yet another lovely sunset; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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 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 7, 2 April 2020.

 

Thursday 2 April 2020, Day 18 of SA Corona Virus, Day 7 of SA Lockdown 👏😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Gratitude for another beautiful 26C day; for a good dose of Vitamin D on my terrace today, boosting my immune system; for the news that the City is moving the refugees from the Methodist Church to Bellville; that there will be two DJs entertaining us 💃💃💃 on #FirstThursday this evening, from 18h00; that we will have a front-line medical and security staff drive-by in Clifton and Camps Bay this evening; that my heart is loving Lickdown; and that we have managed seven days of Lockdown, one third done, and that I can celebrate it with a beer. 🙏💙 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 →

Lucky number 7 for Cape Town, voted Best City in the world seven times in a row, voted by Telegraph readers in the UK!

 

For seven years running Cape Town has been voted the Best City in the world, by 40000 readers of the UK Telegraph

 

A quote from the publication shares the following about our special city, from a tourist perspective: ‘We”ll put up with the occasional discomfort for the sheer joy of waking up with a real natural beauty’. The City is also praised for its iconic Table Mountain, ‘and it is precisely this unique geography, towering mountains that drop, at times perpendicularly, into the vast blue, that is so seductive’. Its proximity to Franschhoek wine region is also highlighted.

London or any other British City does not feature in the Top 20 Telegraph List, showing that UK tourists are prepared to travel far from their country to enjoy their holidays.  

I am happy to see Havana and Buenos Aires on the Top 20 List too, two cities which I visited just four months ago. 

 

The Top 20 List of the Best Cities in the World is the following: 

  1. Cape Town
  2. Vancouver
  3. Kyoto
  4. Sydney
  5. St Petersburg
  6. Singapore
  7. Venice
  8. Luang Prabang
  9. Seville
  10. New Orleans
  11. Havana
  12. New York
  13. Bagen
  14. Florence
  15. Istanbul
  16. Rome
  17. Dubrovnik
  18. Tokyo
  19. Krakow
  20. Buenos Aires

Photograph: taken from Tiger’s Milk in Camps Bay. 

 

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

 

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 →