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OppiKoppi Odyssey

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With more outfit changes than Beyoncé, I give to you my OppiKoppi experience.

I don’t get no Coachella or Glastonbury, so I got my festival chic on for my first OppiKoppi out in the dusty reserves of Limpopo.

Running water, clean toilets, plenty of stages, sick line-up (with acts all starting as per the schedule), veggie food galore, crazy crowd goers, old varsity friends and beautiful weather is how I would sum it up. I didn’t take my camera so all I have are a few iPhone pics of me trying to look inconspicuous whilst posing in a dust bowl. Not very rock ‘n roll, this blogging.

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OppiKoppi Highlight Reel:

1. The 14 hour train ride from Durbs to Jozi. I don’t think I’ve partied like that on public transport before.

2. The moment when Steve hopped up on stage at the Bos tent for the most epic impromptu drumming.

3. HHP was seriously one of my favourite acts the whole fest. The 6 of us stood on the hillside dancing like loons on loon tablets for the full set.

4. The arts and crafts section where we made togas. Those togas were legit for about 35 minutes until we succumbed to heat and dust and torn them off.

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5. Finding out the trippy waffle guy wasn’t just super trippy. He was snaffling drogas ilegales on the sidelines. The next day, there was just a vacant spot where his trippy waffle caravan once was. We all wondered why he’d decided to make his vanilla icecream, trippy green. 

6. Spotting two snakes whose cobra cove was conveniently situated at the opening of our camp. They turned out to be pretty cool neighbours for the full 4 days, making guest appearances every so often. 

7. Finding the one lone grassy patch, along a sidewalk and just napping there without a care in the world. We must have looked like 6 drunkards who peaked way too early. Meanwhile we were just zen with nature and woke up to do a yoga pose or two. Namaste, bitches.

8. While I am very disappointed with the fact that the sound was so shoddy for Cat Power, the shade that was being thrown at the sweating sound guy was quite entertaining.

9. The fact that the moon was so bright, that we all cast night shadows. Night shadows man, night shadows.

10. Wolfmother, Nomadic Orchestra, Grassy Sparks, The Muffinz, Spoek Mathambo, Hugh Masekela, HHP, Black Math. 

11. Six of us, dirty and stanking, sleeping like the dead on the flight home, after dropping off the filthiest rental car you ever did see.

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Cheers Oppi, see you next year.  

 

The Morning Trade

Just a few pics from The Morning Trade opening, this past weekend.  Incase you missed every other Durbanite’s Instagram feed. 

It’s a really exciting time to be in Durbs and I am overjoyed at the fact that we’re getting our own arts and culture hub.

It was pretty darn impressive to see the high attendance at the opening of this art and foodie market. Durban stereotype – completely blown out of the water. The masses came out to support this venture and I see this as a very good sign of things to come. You go on with your bad self, Durban! 

With so much else on the cards for the Rivertown Precinct as well an exciting piece of local history being unearthed, we really have a lot to look forward to over the next few months. Cape what? Johannes who?

Head to 8 Morrison Street every Saturday for artisan produce, a good cuppa, foodie heaven and maybe even a sneaky mimosa or two. Let’s hear it for morning drank!

Speaking of drank, don’t forget The Archiball at the John Milne Street Beer Hall this evening. We’re gonna party on school night! 

Mantis and Moon Backpackers

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Down the south coast, past kilometers of coastal bliss and into a tropical paradise, you’ll find the hippie folk of Mantis and Moon.

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This rad backpackers in Umzumbe is the most perfect getaway for Durbanites. It’s not too far from home, cost effective and makes you feel like you’ve traveled to a Thai island. No passports needed, just pack your  cozzie, some mozzie spray and snacks!

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There are tree houses, double rooms and teepees all scattered around the dense palm jungle. I took the boyfriend for a romantic weekend, as a birthday prezzie and we had such a jam that we’re returning with friends later this month. Not only do you meet interesting travelers at the bar, but you can also relax in the jacuzzi, dip in the pool and share the communal kitchen. The beach is only a walk away so Paul and I set up camp, brought out his guitar, had a smoke and sang silly songs until sunset. 

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Tips: Make sure to stop at the epic fruit stands along the drive home or venture a little further to The Waffle House.

You can also book breaki and dinner at the backpackers if you’re not keen to cart along your own foods! They make mean meals every night.

Stay in the Taj Mahal double room, if you want your own roofless en suite bathroom, where you can bath under the stars. 

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Click here for their website!

Win Tickets To The Archiball

“The Archiball is an evening soiree open to delegates, students and the public which will be held in John Milne Street, otherwise known as Beer Hall in Rivertown. This unique and historical Durban location will allow the opportunity for those attending to experience the diverse architectural urban landscape that Durban has to offer.”

I’m giving away two sets of double tickets lucky readers. Just head to my Facebook Page here and share the poster!

See ya’ll next week.

Warehouse Wurking

Another afternoon of Gloss Lady and I running around sketchy locations for impromptu look post shoots.

We laugh in the face of danger.

Cami: Lady and the Punk

Skirt: MRP

Shoes: Truworths

Bag: Superbalist

Watch: Swatch

Sunnies: Sportscene

Urgent Help Needed For Molly The Pig

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Hello fellow animal lovers. Please read Molly’s story below. We really need all the help we can get.

We got our precious Molly 2 years ago. She was the tiniest little thing and like so many others, we were told that she’d remain the size of a small dog. “Pot Belly Pig” is what she was called. 

Judging from the picture of Molly above, you can see that was not the case and Miss Piggy grew up to be a pretty sizey piece of pork. Pigs are falsely marketed as ideal family pets and it’s easy for a family of animal lovers to take on a lonely baby pig, especially when we have such a large property in Kloof. 

My mom pretty much loves Molly more than my brother and I and we’ve learnt to accept that in the Kelly household, Molly Meloo reigns supreme. However, our family situation has changed quite drastically this year and for numerous reasons my mom needs to move into a smaller, safer house. Obviously, Molly won’t be able to come with us as she is too big for residential areas such as a complex.

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We have searched high and low for a suitable home for this baby. Flag farms with small pens, animal rescue areas that can’t take on a large animal, small holdings and even the SPCA. Unfortunately, it’s normally quite a grim ending for these re-homed pigs as their value on the meat market is sickeningly high and stories of ultimate abuse and death are just too common. Even the SPCA suggested to us that the best thing to do, would be to put Molly to sleep. Unfortunately, the only way they can do it with an animal this size, is to bring a gun to our house, corner her and shoot her.

Now, seeings as this smart, emotionally intelligent pig has become a family member, you can understand why we’re not wild about this plan to say the very least.

We are in desperate need of a home for Mol. We don’t want her to be used for breeding as starting the cycle of pigs being adopted under false marketing or even worse, ripped from her for bacon, isn’t really exactly best case scenario. We really want to make sure we aren’t contributing to pet shops selling these baby pigs to unsuspecting owners who would have no idea what they were getting themselves into.

imageWe are willing and able to donate towards her upkeep and are looking for any leads to a new home where she’ll be loved for the cute critter that she is.

Please email me on jennajupiter89@gmail.com or spread our story around as much as possible. This is heartbreaking for us as we really need a good home for our chubby relative. 

Thank you.

UPDATE: The response we have received about Molly The Pig was absolutely overwhelming. Thank you, thank you, thank you times a million. We have found her the best home in all the land and will move her, sometime in September.

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Morning Trade Market 

Durban getting it’s own version of Maboneng is the best news I have heard in a while. Our very own Rivertown kicks off with the Morning Trade Market this Sunday and offers you cool kids, fresh artisan produce.

Situated in Durban’s new arts and culture precinct, The Morning Trade is going to have you foodies chomping at the bit for organic and artisan veggies, meats and more.

Peep their book here. 

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Castles and Cappuccinos

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Every so often, you come across a little gem tucked away in between the status quo and busy bustle. This veggie cafe, snuggled in Hillcrest as part of a re-purposed 1950’s castle, is the perfect example of said gems.

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Thanks to my dad, I came to find out about Conscious Cafe at the Castle – a vegetarian cafe with plenty of vegan options too. No cool creds to me, it’s all Mr Kelly here. Smoothies, juices, wraps and all – this Indo-Indi haunt of my dreams had me wondering why I didn’t know about it until now.

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The castle was built over 60 years ago when the ‘crest was all mall-less forestry and has now become home to this cafe, a tattoo artist, a hypnotist and a crystal shop. It’s pretty much earthy hippie happiness in one single spot. I have to admit, this place was breathtaking and a complete culmination of every childhood dream I had of faeries and unicorns. Vine creeps up the abandoned areas and dilapidated look-out towers and pathways twist and wind around the gardens. 

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The gardens are host to veggie patches and soon, an in-house organic shop. The food is fresh, hella tasty and could convert a few meat lovers I’m sure. Basically, it’s a retreat for those looking for peaceful Sunday coffee in and amongst a bonsai garden and Buddhist prayer flags. 

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The cafe has previously been hired out for functions and hosts talks, music gigs and other events to keep an eye out for. You can pop in for food and juices from Tuesday to Sunday and experience the place that is a successful blend of my childhood fairytales and adult environmental ideologies. Deep. 

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Hit the click through link at the beginning of this post for more info and don’t forget to peep Soul Crystals while you’re there for your next nut milk chino.

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