When it comes to spoiling your pet, or buying a hugely exotic one (read ‘scaly’) the sky is the limit. There’s someone out there who thinks this classifies as something you want to share your life and living space with. The good news is that it’s clear when looking at Gumtree ads that your pet adventures do not have to stop there.“You know, by the time I came back from my trip around the country, I had gained 5kg,” laughs Sonja Kruse, aka The Ubuntu Girl, who is hypnotising a small audience of diners at La Case Tropical with stories from her recent journey hitch-hiking across South Africa.The tall, auburn-haired firecracker set off with just a small backpack, R100, a camera and pure faith in the kindness of strangers for a 351-day trek through all nine of the nation’s provinces.“If you talk about holiday puddings, hot glühwein, sundowners or picnicking in a park certain images come into mind,” Lisa says, and it’s easier to connect around these types of experiences because they tend to transcend cultural differences.
She met her business partner, Ovi Pacuraru, on a couch surfing website, and since October 2012 they’ve been unclicking Cape Town’s cliquishness through unique dinners at restaurants that are off the beaten path.The first ever Food and Chatter event was at a now closed Taiwanese restaurant.“I’m from Taiwan, so I thought it would be best to start with something I know so that if I make a mistake, at least I know about the food and I can improvise,” she says, adding a giggle.Or maybe the very fancy dog who lives in this thing does. Sad story this as it must be tough to give up your dogs.