We don’t need no sleep

I am running on a bizarre, inexplicable energy these days. I am unsure of what if fuelling this desire to be on the run constantly, and the only thing that gets in the way is the occasional (annoying) need to sleep. In some way I think I am feeding off the energy of the people around me – like those animated-movie villains that sap the lifeblood of others.

It is an amazing feeling, feeling this alive. Everything is exhilarating and just adds to the fire that is burning – the pinkiness of the afternoon sky, the sight of the full moon in the morning, an old song, chocolate, bare winter trees. Touch, taste, sight, smell – it all just seems better these days.

This weekend was a whirlwind – a wonderful dinner with friends on Friday followed by Great Dane (for a second night in a row). On Saturday, after running out of petrol, we went to Neighbourgoods, followed by the Warm Up and a wonderful evening at Namrata’s house. On Sunday I had to spent some time doing mundane grown-up things like washing, dishes and buying gas for the heater…but after that it was off to Market on Main, Otelo Burning at the Bioscope and sundowners at the 12 Decades hotel rooftop. And to keep things interesting I also got pulled over in a roadblock on the way home – happily I was being responsible and all’s well that ends well.

48 hours in Johannesburg

From here you can see all of the city.

Last night over dinner we discussed those “24/36/48 hours in…” city guides that are so popular in lifestyle magazines. I pointed out that very often they contain conflicting suggestions and are usually unlikely to make a visitor very happy. So the title of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but other than celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend I hardly spent any time at home, taking full advantage of what the city has to offer. This post is my 48 hours in Johannesburg but I have a feeling you might enjoy it too…

First stop on Friday night was Kitchner's bar on Juta street. It is the building on the left - very smokey but always full of fun interesting people.
At the Stevenson Gallery on Saturday morning. Also in Juta Street, Braamfontein.
Lunch at the very very busy Neighbourgoods market - 73 Juta, Braamfontein.
After lunch we grabbed coffee and a red velvet cupcake at Wolves cafe, where this awesome old man was having a beer and writing in his book.
I love Wolves - creative ambiance and great coffee.
Saw some very cool graffiti in the CBD on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, when the afternoon storm let up, we went to the rooftop of the 12 Decades hotel at Arts on Main for some sundowners.
The last stop of the weekend was Trabella restaurant where the waiter went out of his way to find me an avocado for my pizza. Perfect ending to my 48 hours.

Here are the links to all the places in the photos:

Kitchener’s Carvery

Stevenson Gallery


Wolves cafe

12 Decades hotel