Original posted in FB in 2020.
You do not need to travel the world to find inspiration.
With the wind back in its glory and me feeling up for a bit of a change and solid walls around me, I decided to head out in the search of good internet and a place to work. The yacht club and local coffee shops are great, but I found this really awesome new workspace in Main Road, Fish hoek earlier this week.
Quickly checking the train times, I realised I had 20mins to get on the next train! It is a 15min walk to the station from the yacht club and it takes a while to lock the boat and get everything ready. Also, I had no cash on me and no time to stop at the ATM. I grabbed our “pot -of-random-kaggelkakkies”. We all have one of those bakkies. I quickly counted about R40 in R1, R2 and R5 coins. Should be enough.
R10.50 later. I made it on the train juuuuusst as the doors were closing, but found myself “not in first-class”. Between stickers for “getting lost lover back” and “abortion in 10min” I noticed a familiar face – a guitarist I often see walking the street in Simonstown. He introduced himself shyly. A few moments later, myself and the Metro rail staff huddled around Rockstar. He was jamming and we were listening.
I do not think Rockstar is comfortable with the stage or too much attention. Soon after, he jumped the carriage, onto the platform and got off at a station just before Fish Hoek.
We passed the beautiful coastline I know well and love so much, the beaches and dunes, tidal pools I often swim in, Jaegers Walk, and the Fish Hoek beach where I sometimes joined pensioners in their morning swim.
I am currently sitting with a well made R20 Cortado, complete with bear art with Jodi as the crema drops because we are chatting away. Jodi too is a new friend. We share a power supply for our laptops and an interest in marketing and photography, chasing dreams and putting out there what you want to receive. It is a beautiful day regardless of the weird weather and upsetting stories in the news all over the world.
R9.50 left. I really want to keep my hope for our country alive. Even if it is in the small and everyday things. Like sharing a song or a coffee with a new friend.