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I travel a lot. I also get a lot of Couchsurfing requests. PLEASE DON'T SEND ME COUCH REQUESTS MORE THAN 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE, 1 week in advance even better. Last minute requests are welcome, though if they're very last minute I might not see them in time, though you're welcome to try :)
I love life and try to share the happiness where I can...
Check out my blog for more: www.mzansigirl.com
simple living, higher thinking
to wander, to learn, to explore
to need less and give more
to develop spiritually
to spread the love
to laugh often
to connect with like-minded souls
to taste different cultures and bask in new experiences while eating exotic foods and drinking sweet nectar en route...
Love, learn, laugh ;)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've hosted a heaps of surfers so far, met many for drinks, and CS events. I'm not as active in hosting as I used to be, mainly due to my hectic travel schedule.
I'm passionate about Mzansi (South Africa), and love to share my passion about my amazing country and its people. I'm very knowledgeable about backpacker and budget travel in SA.
As a guest, I like to learn from my hosts... your culture, your food, your music, your politics, your favourite local spaces & places :)
Lot! Met, hosted and surfed through CS. I've crashed on many a couch, floor, patio, mattress, tree-house, tipi, mud hut, car... even pitched my tent in a few backyards...
Best CS experience: ooh, there have been lots...
*Best - all the friends I've made through CS
*Bushfire music festival in Swaziland
*being hosted by a food and wine guide in Barcelona
*marching against xenophobia with CSers through Hillbrow, Johannesburg...one of the roughest parts of town toyi-toying and *vuvuzela-ing in the spirit of unity!
*meeting CS friends 5 years after we'd met in Johannesburg at the wedding of 2 couchsurfing friends in India
Hosted... 100+ nights, 50 + people from 30+ countries
Surfed: Mauritius, Maputo, Barcelona, Granada, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Cape Town
Organised heaps of Joburg meet ups as former ambassador of CS South Africa community (I rarely organise events anymore as my schedule gets too busy)
If you're going to be in Joburg a for a few weeks/months, we have a very active local CS WhatsApp group, that I could add you to.
African travel, road trips, festivals, pineapple-balancing, live music, art, picnics, hikes, djembe drumming, midnight swims, dancing round fires, dancing in my dreams, rolling down dunes, playing in the waves, meeting random people, red wine, cooking, sunrises, eating cheese, craft beer, pub quizzes, boardgames...
- live music
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Too many... Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Amelie, Y tu Mama Tambien, District 9, Spirited Away, Juno, Memento, Goodwill Hunting, The Motorcycle Diaries,
Music - too much to list, very eclectic. Everything from jazz and world music to reggae, rock, indie, ska, and everything in between. I love listening to music from all over the world, stuff we wouldn't ordinarily find on SA radio waves. I'm a big fan of world music and traditional instruments. I LOVE LIVE MUSIC and supporting local bands. A few favourites: The Brother Moves On, Nakhane Toure, Sublime, Manu Chau, Bob Dylan, Mafikizolo, Salmonella Dub, Tumi and the Volume, Xavier Rudd, Hugh Masekela, The Rudimentals, Spoek Mathambo, Brenda Fassie, Ali Farka Toure, Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper, Cake, Lee Scratch Perry, TBOM, Thievery Corporation...
Books: The Wonder Safaris, The Kite Runner, Life of Pi, The Prophet, The Drifters, Cry the Beloved Country, Brave New World, The Alchemist, The Little Princess, The Little Prince, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, White Tiger
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Lucky for me, I've had many amazing experiences, though I'll mention two... you can ask me about the others ;)
*The Sardine Run, Kwazulu Natal South Coast, South Africa :
A truly amazing morning! Sipping my morning coffee while staring out into the intoxicating Indian ocean, I noticed that the sea was thriving with activity. The Sardine Run - the largest shoal on earth had arrived to Umtentweni beach... dozens of sharks jumping out of the water in full breach, hundreds of Cape gannets diving, beaks spearing into the sardine-abundant ocean, schools of dolphins taking advantage of the feeding frenzy, whales breaching in the horizon.... amazing! Nature at her best :)
Bulungula , an eco-friendly paradise in my favourite part of the world, the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa:
I'm sitting on a sand dune with the Transkei sun rising on the ocean as the full moon sets over a dune. As dolphins are play in the wild waves, cows roam freely on the beach... I feel privileged to be here. This is Bulungula, a little Xhosa village, difficult to find on a map, difficult to get to, yet truly special. I love this place for its simplicity, sustainability, natural beauty and the indescribable sense of peace that I get when I'm there. It's my inspiration :)
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you how to balance pineapples on your head if you teach me your favourite recipe from your country :) WANT ME TO HOST YOU? Say 'Hi Mzansigirl' and mention in your request that you'd like to cook me a dish from your home country. If you don't want to subject me to your cooking, wine or good coffee is always welcome :)
I love Johannesburg and can show you what makes it so special to me. If you want to walk this city, find its coolest bars and the best local live music acts... then we will get along just fine :) I have maps, guides and a wealth of local knowledge. It's kind of what I do now - share the love for my amazing country.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can cook for you (I'm a pretty good cook - especially Indian & Italian) share my culture, stories from the road and give you tips on how to start a blog.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, South Africa