Friday, 21 October 2016

Eyewitness Cape Town. Photographers Selma and André from Expressions Photography

Imagine you would be getting lots of invitations to create people’s best and most romantic moments. That is what Selma and André get in their job as wedding photographers. They love photography as much as they love to travel, and they love to be by the sea as much as they love to be in a bookshop. They tell us about public transport options, explain where to best browse quirky shops close to the ocean, and where to buy a killer cup of coffee in one of the most beautiful cities on earth. 

Capetonians at play: Selma and André from Expressions Photography

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Touristin's choice of 21 top cafés in 8 Munich boroughs

You should know one thing about German culture. It is probably one of the biggest traditions to have coffee and cake. It goes through all ages, from teenagers to retirees. That means if you travel to Munich you will find yourself in good company if you look for a place where you can eat delicious cake and have a decent cup of coffee (most people are really into their drip coffee). Read For coffee addicts - 6 espresso-based drinks.

Kaffee Roesterei Viktualienmarkt

I walked the streets of Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, to find the best places for coffee and cake. I found grand café houses, drank coffee while sitting on a giant illy cup, went to a café where they collect glasses to donate them to people in need, found a few places where I was served third wave coffee by a guy with a beard, had fun in a former public toilet, and even found a retiree hotspot. It is all there. After a while I also found out that hardly anyone offers Wi-Fi in Munich, not sure why. It might be a fantastic idea to simply switch off after all. Enjoy the atmosphere, the coffee, the cake, and watch the world go by.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

TravelchatSA: Talk about Kind hearts

Years and years ago, in 1997, I visited South Africa for the first time. That was three years after apartheid ended. Everything was different. Never had I seen so many children living on the streets. I was totally convinced I could change things for the better. I wanted children to be protected from violence. I dreamed that they would soon all be living in safe environments. I hoped they would get off the streets, attend school and be able to live a fulfilled life. We all have dreams. I was a bit blue-eyed back then, naïve one might say. I organised a charity event to support the development of long-term solutions for street kids in Cape Town. After the event and after I personally handed over the donations to the Marketing manager of a charity with an office in Cape Town CBD, I haven’t heard very much about their work again.

It left me puzzled really, and it taught me to probably better work with established charities in the future. They have extensive knowledge and they know how and where to best put their expertise, to support communities all over the world. In Australia I had the chance to work with Oxfam, for a few years I volunteered in Marketing/Fundraising at their headquarters in Melbourne. I met so many interesting and like-minded people, people from different backgrounds that had one goal, to end poverty. I learned so much about development work, was invited to attend workshops and lunch-time talks, and gained insight in development projects. 

Over the years it became clear to me that tourism can create income for local economies, and preservation of nature (and cultural heritage) is a positive add on, and to this day I still believe that It is best not to give to street children directly.

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