Archive for July, 2017

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by Catherine Ronaasen No Comments

We hope that you’ve been enjoying the blog series featuring the ‘Top Three’ things that our interns recommend each week. But who are these interns..? Here’s some info about them. Read the top three lesser-known facts about them that they have chosen to share with us!

Myranda:

 1 – I am a Pescetarian

About 7 years ago I decided to make a big change in my life to create a healthier lifestyle. I gave up all meat besides seafood in April of 2010 when I was only 15 years old. It was not the easiest transition, but it was what I wanted to do, so I stuck to it. Within two years, I lost over 60 pounds and have kept the weight off consistently. This is an accomplishment I strongly identify with because it has driven my passion for health advocating. One thing I love to do, is spread knowledge about how important healthy living is to each individual, and how it can affect almost everything about your existence.

2 – I am very passionate about photography.

I have always loved photography but I have not always been consistent with working on this skill until very recently. I went on a week-long photography camp, back in America, and remember winning a free ice cream for winning most pictures taken, and they didn’t tell us about the prize until after our time there. We created mini portfolio’s and I admired my work so much, but after camp I didn’t continue as heavily. I bought a Canon Rebel camera this past Christmas and have been loving every second with my camera ever since. There can be so much power behind a photograph, and my love for this art never seems to fade.

Myranda’s beautiful photos have been featuring recently on a lot of our posts and marketing material. We think she she deserves more than just an ice-cream for her talent! 🙂

3 – My favourite colour is orange.

Since I can remember, brown was always my favourite colour growing up. I always wanted to have a different favourite colour than anyone else so I would always go with brown. Then I grew up a little, and began to love the colour Maroon because it was close to brown but also close to red and slightly close to purple. I even dyed my hair a few times purple and maroon! My recent love for orange started about a year ago, I saw an orange backpack by Osprey and bought it instantly. I began to see orange more and more because I found it so attractive, and I just recently bought a beautiful orange floral scarf here in Cape Town to remind me of all the good memories here. What I find nostalgic about the colour orange is how an old friend of mine used to adore this colour, so it always reminds me of my friend Aundrea.

Also the Streetwires Corporate Colour, so a good thing Myranda came to do an internship here 🙂

Alex:

1 – I from French Guiana

French Guiana is on the South America border to the North of Brazil. It’s an old colony of France. There is a big cultural mix in French Guiana and the landscape is very rich with the Amazonian forest that is a big part of our country. We have only two seasons: Sun and Rain and the temperature it’s about 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. It’s one of the best places to live, so peaceful.

2 – I like to cook

In my country we cook a lot. We love food, and we have a lot of special dishes, so when I started to live on my own, I began to cook small things and step by step I learned how to cook very well, and now I cook almost every day.

Editing this at lunchtime makes me think I need to test some of Alex’s dishes (hint-hint).

3 – I love fishing

Fishing is a family story; I’ve been fishing since I was five years old. My father used to have a boat, so during the good period we would go fishing every weekend.

So there you have it! Three things about the people behind our ‘Three Things’ Blog Series.

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Catherine Ronaasen No Comments

For this next instalment in our popular ‘Interns’ Top Three’ series (which we kicked off chatting to them about their favourite Streetwires products), we were keen to hear what they rate as their top three things to do in Cape Town. Apart from some retail therapy in our own shop, read about their top recommendations of things to do while visiting Cape Town:-

Myranda:

#1 – Cape Point Tour

I went on a tour of the corner of the Cape Peninsula and I absolutely loved everything I saw. From 9am-5pm we explored the Cape of Good Hope, the most southern (Cape) point of South Africa, Boulder’s beach, and a delicious fish and chips restaurant. At Boulder’s Beach I witnessed hundreds of African Penguins and enjoyed some pistachio and peach gelato. At Cape point I saw around 30 baboons! This was very enjoyable because they seemed very timid around my group – probably because none of us had food. I captured some really amazing pictures of the baboons that I will cherish forever.

#2 – Game Lodge Game Reserve Safari

About a week after I arrived in Cape Town I was already off to my first Safari EVER, which was about a 4-hour drive away. On the way there I saw very beautiful sights including sheep herds, ostrich farms, snow on nearby mountains, and endless mountain ranges. It was luckily great weather considering it’s winter here in South Africa. Once we arrived we immediately had lunch – which was very filling and tasty. At lunch, I sat next to our bus driver who told us about the numerous trips he had driven. He has been driving for 27-years accident-free! After lunch, we unloaded the bus and headed to our single room hotel huts that had all sorts of amenities – including heating! Then we headed to the evening tour of the Reserve where we first saw Hippo’s (my absolute favourite), and they were surprisingly out of the water feeding on grass because the sun was hiding behind many clouds that night. We then saw oryx, lions, zebra, springbok, many antelopes, and lastly a momma cheetah with her three cubs. After this excursion we went back for dinner – where I had a small bite of red meat for the first time in 7 years.. It was honestly so good but I couldn’t finish it due to the fear of an upset stomach. The next morning, we had breakfast and then went out for a second tour of the Game Reserve where we witnessed the lions again, the Wildebeest, the giraffes, and the elephants! What was especially cool about the second tour was how close we got to seeing a cheetah attack a baby Gemsbok. Unfortunately the adults had spotted her and she wasn’t able to take the opportunity.

#3 – Lion’s Head Afternoon Hike

In a group of about 8, we decided to take a quick hike up Lion’s Head which is one of the well-known mountains in Cape Town. It was a pretty windy day but the sun was shining bright, so we definitely had to undress a bit while going up, but once 5pm rolled around it definitely began to feel a bit chilly. We took some great pictures of each other at the top and then headed back down soon after. The views from Lion’s head were so beautiful – especially the view of Table Mountain which you can see in the background in the photo above! It was definitely worth the challenging hike up AND down. This mountain is known to be more challenging than Table Mountain in terms of danger, because it is quite steep. We all plan to hike this mountain a few times more before we have to leave wonderful Cape Town.

Alexandre:

THE WATERFRONT

It’s a very beautiful place near to where I live. I like how you can find different kinds of restaurants inside or outside, and most of them are very good. The Waterfront is not only about shopping in Victoria & Alfred Mall, because around you have the aquarium, a museum and activities like Robben Island trips. You can go to Robben Island from the Waterfront. The Waterfront is definitely the place I have visited the most since I’ve arrived in Cape Town. I go to the cinema and eat there most of the time, and went to Robben Island from there.

 

THE OLD BISCUIT MILL    

It’s just in front of our shop, and it’s a nice place with artistic shops inside like a Chocolate maker and a wine shop. The neighbourhood is kind of artistic too. During the week it’s quiet but on Saturday it’s amazingly full of people because The Old Biscuit Mill transforms into a food market and everything is so delicious. You have all kinds of food. It’s unbelievable! I’m just in love with that place.

TABLE MOUNTAIN

When I arrived in Cape Town, I was amazed by this big mountain and wanted to go to the top, even if it’s a long hike. But firstly I hiked Lions Head, which is quite incredible too. Last week I went to Robben Island, and the view of Table Mountain was amazing, and now I don’t want to leave Cape Town until I go on the top of this mountain.

 

Not sure about you, but this all makes me want to start exploring our beautiful city all over again!