So, the last few months have been crazy.
I somehow managed to get myself ‘stuck’ in Cape Town during the pandemic and I must say… it’s been nothing short of epic! I mean, I don’t want to rub it in, but it has been one of those rare opportunities when life gives you lemons…
So how does my average day look?
I wake up around sunrise. I don’t set an alarm because that’s kinda ‘pre-covid’ but I normally have to get up to pee. I like being up early and not having to rush so the morning shuffle to the bathroom wakes me up slow. Luckily, Cape Town has been two hours ahead of London, so I have some time in the morning to do me. I’ve realised how vital making time for yourself really is. If you can carve out an hour or two every morning that is unapologetically yours, it can make taking on the rest of the day that bit easier. The time difference has really worked out great.
If the surf is good, I grab my board and head out to Noordhoek or Misty Cliffs to catch a few waves. Surfing has always been a spiritual experience for me and I love just being out in the water, away from the sounds of the city and bustle of general work life. It’s part meditation, part riding waves. I try to do both with every surf: chill and thrill.
If the waves are small, I go for a swim. I’ve really got into cold water swimming and the benefits are immense. I’ve not suddenly turned into Wim Hof, but have just got a newfound love for cold water and an icy shot of warmth to kickstart your day! It’s a strange feeling when you overcome the coldness and almost feel the warmth set in, while out in the chilly water. It becomes kind of addictive. Either way, the ocean is my early morning schedule and a great way to start the day and connect yourself with nature.
I dry off, warm up, and drive past Good Riddance Coffee in Kommetjie to grab a hot drink before heading home to drop off my board and get ready for the day.
Around 9am, I head through to Cape Town for a breakfast meeting or to catch up with a friend. South Africa has been mostly open for business, contrary to international media reports. The situation is pretty much under control and cafes and bars are open - let’s hope they stay that way! It’s been really great to have that option to not work from home and make the most of the coffee shops and cafes around Cape Town. I base myself at our South Africa offices who we share with Robot, where I get to catch up with my old buddy and EP Liam Johnson. We share our morning stories over a ginger kombucha, talk motorbikes, babies, ideas, and bitcoin. There’s always a good vibe in the office and it’s been cool to spend some time there as we have collaborated on many projects together.