#Once…upon a time:

We were tourists in our own city. And as funny as it may sound you could say that it was purely an exercise in doing something most locals never do, let alone think of doing. And even though we could’ve come up with a million reasons as to why we should; such as keeping the everyday city humdrum at bay. It was in its simplest form a question of; why would we not? And would prove to be all the Nomadic team needed to (literally) step out the front door and cross the road.

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My have we splurged on ourselves this Christmas. Yes, we know what you’re thinking; buying ourselves a present for Christmas, but it’s not like that, seriously.  It’s about companionship and friendship and just plain old ships. Ships? OK, not actual ships but if we had to board one in order to circumnavigate the globe in much the same vein as Phillies Fog did then why not with a travel buddy. And better yet, what if said travel buddy could double up as our Mascot? Because everyone knows every great travel writing duo needs a mascot. And now that our adventure finding him has finally come to an end; and in an effort to break the ice and reinvigorate his travelling prowess; we decided to take him on a couple of his very first adventures.

So below you will discover a photo diary of all his travels so far.

All the places visited represent all the tourist hot spots that make the city of Cape Town an icon.  And allowed us to show you how the city is an enduring, exciting and phenomenal place not just to visit but to live.

  • Muizenberg Beach: Colourful beach houses.
  • Boulders Beach: Penguin Colony
  • Kalk Bay Harbour: Kalky’s Seafood
  • Mzoli’s Place: Township butchery/ bar,.
  • The Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Bo-Kaap: the Cape Malay quarter
  • Long Street: The nightlife

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Thank you, thank you and here’s one more thank you to all our readers and fans who have continued to read and support our blog, as we endeavour to explore, conserve and discover. And to show you, our readers,  just how much we appreciate your readership we have compiled a list of your  favourite posts along with our editor’s choices.

In addition we have also compiled a list of posts/ stories and activities you can expect to see and read to be released in 2015. It’s an exciting year to be alive, and with half the decade through we will do our utmost best to keep the rest of it an exciting one. For we here at the Nomadic Existence believe it’s going to be a killer year and decade.

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Here’s an excerpt: (from our friends at WordPress stats).

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Considering we only launched our site in May last year, it’s not all too shabby a deduction. But 2015 is not going to slow us down, for as it stands we are aiming to increase our travels ten fold in order to satiate your (and our) appetite for traveling.

2014 Favourites:

Category: Features

ReadersBurning Down the Man: AfrikaBurn 2014

AfrikaBurn 2014

EditorOne for the campfire

Beaverlac,Cederberg

Category: Destination Italy

On this particular post, both our readers and our editor are in agreement.

#Montepulciano; Where the wine flows freely and the morning mist is broken with a medieval smile.

Montepulciano

Category: Fun things to do this Summer in Cape Town

Readers: Wow, it really does look like a Lions Head! A quick review of the Lion’s Head hike.

Lion head

Editor: Have you ever stepped onto a boomslang? A quick review of the Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway

Kirstenbosch,boomslang

And now, what’s happening with the Nomads in 2015? 

Well firstly its about time our Mascot made it’s official introduction, which will be happening very soon, and be rest assured it’s fantastic and we’re confident you’re going to love him/ her.

Regulars:

New Additions:

  • Landmarks
  • A complete guide to living and travelling in Namibia
  • The big jump to living and travelling in Europe

So there you have it, a little snippet of what’s been done and what’s to come. So please feel free to contact, comment and if possible add to our repertoire of travel related activities and adventures, with your own if you so choose. We would love to hear about your travel adventures and idea’s.

Yours in travel.

The Nomadic Existence.

By Slippery Joe Lyzard © (Writer for Nomadic Existence)

Photography: Nomadic Bug © 

Nomadic Existence 2015 ©

 Explore. Conserve. Discover.

Bon voyage photo

Yes, it’s the silly season once again and you know what that means? No, not stuffing your belly and/or firing on all cylinders trying to get everyone a present last minute. No, it’s a time to reflect on yet another crazy year and yes, to do some travelling.

And travelling is what we’re all about and it’s what we are going to be doing. And in the spirit of travelling we here at the Nomadic Existence would like to thank you in taking this journey with us thus far.  Your support has inspired us to bring you even more crazy, informative and environmentally aware content as we pursue the ultimate goal: a Nomadic Existence.

So in thanking you, we also bid you adieu and bon voyage. We will be shutting down for a couple of weeks and will see you again soon in the New Year.

And what will the Nomadex team be up to during the break? Well to fill you in; simply travelling. To be more specific our travels will be taking us to the Drakensberg, then Kimberly and finally Windhoek, Namibia.

So stay tuned, stay beautiful and try to pursue your Nomadic Existence, whatever it takes.

Highlights of 2014:

Features:

Fun things to do this Summer in Cape Town:

Destination Italia!!!

And finally: Our much loved Mascot

Yours in travel.

The Nomadic Existence.

By Slippery Joe Lyzard © (Writer for Nomadic Existence)

Photography: Nomadic Bug © 

Nomadic Existence 2015 ©

 Explore. Conserve. Discover.

 

The familio now satiated on wine and boar meat were eager to get on the road, while writer SJL was even more eager to get off the road. Read on as they negotiate all the twists and turns synonymous with Tuscan country roads,  as they made their way from Montepulciano to Siena, Tuscany. 

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Since the inception of our website/ blog we here at the Nomadic Existence have been dying to find a mascot that encompassed the ethos of our endeavour. To explore, conserve and discover.

But how to go about? Well, like most great ideas the first one is generally the best one. And after looking at what our options were decided on one that we believe you’ll just absolutely adore. And most definitely fits our ethos.

It had all started on a beautiful Sunday morning, the sun was out the wind was down and our hunting gear was packed. Well if you consider your wits, ambition and can do spirit “hunting gear” then I guess we had all the ingredients to finding our mascot. Or so we thought.

For as far as mascot hunting goes we were quite the novices and had no idea where to start. But concluded that a flea market, unlike a conventional mall or boutique store, would have a better repertoire of mascot material for us to rummage through and be a lot more cost effective. And as far as budgets go, well let’s just say we’re always kind of cash strapped.

The task though of finding our mascot was anything but easy. For little did we realise, when we approached the Milnerton flea market, the sheer number of stand owners present. They had everything, from car parts to home fittings, electronics and what most people would consider junk. But as the old proverb of one man’s junk is another man’s treasure goes we considered ourselves to be in mascot hunting heaven.

And after an hour or so our luck began to change. They were everywhere, under stands on top of tables, stacked up into towers and hidden behind piles of “treasure”. And it was fast becoming clear that we needed to exercise a lesson in trimming the fat. We had up until then engorged ourselves on way too many candidates and needed to, by process of elimination, narrow our options down.

It was not easy until we came across our last stand of the day. He had exactly what we wanted but proved to be quite the adamant chap. And haggling was not my forte as I unsuccessfully tried to drive down his steep prices. It did seem as though he could smell the desperation while I took a quick break to collect my thoughts and calm myself down. But finally after having slugged it out for awhile we walked away more than happy with not one but two mascots and had managed at the very least to get a little shaved off the full price.

And now with our mascot in hand and a backup in the other to keep him motivated we left the market satisfied that we had made the right choice. However, and upon exiting the dusty parking lot another old world proverb crept into our collective conscience. That if you’ve ever been on any great hunt to speak of you’ll know it’s in the search, and not the price. Unless the prize is of equal measure then one could be considered lucky.

Still confused as to what our mascot is?

Watch this space for its proper introduction coming soon.

Or if you’d prefer, you could guess what it is with this clue:

What does an elephant have that we now have as well?

Answer next post!!!

By Slippery Joe Lyzard © (Writer for Nomadic Existence)

Photography: Nomadic Bug © 

Nomadic Existence 2015 ©

 Explore. Conserve. Discover.

Well if you had you probably wouldn’t be reading this. But nonetheless the “boomslang“(a steel and wooden bridge of sorts) that I’m talking about is anything but dangerous. In fact it’s outright mesmerizing. And is, you could say, a monument to the botanical society of Cape Town’s merciless ambition to protect, preserve and nurture Mother Nature’s creations.

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Surprisingly for a lot of tourists and locals alike this isn’t as obvious as it seems, with most just believing it to be a random name. That was quite possibly attributed to the fact it was at one point was inhabited by lions or that the first Dutch settlers just thought it appropriate to name it “Leeukop”. But irrespective of this little dilemma, the amount of activities and the views achieved while clambering up this marvellous spire just add to its notoriety. Even if it does in some universe look like a Lion, lying on its back all spaced out and beautiful.

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The familio now united and eager to get on the road, offer up a brief synopsis of their drive from Bergamo, Lombardy to Montepulciano, Tuscany. 

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In a tale not unlike Asterix and Obelix, a pair of travel companions discover a Tuscan gem as they go in search of wild boar, fine red wine and old world settlements. 

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