Photo Essay: My Top 15 Unforgettable Moments for 2015

February 2015

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Exploring the charming GrandWest Casino before my very first concert experience seeing Irish pop band The Script performing live on just their second tour to Cape Town, South Africa.

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Attending the opening of Parliament 2015. The pomp and ceremony was rounded off by one of the finest sunsets afterwards.
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Witnessing a wonderful sunset at one of the Mother City’s finest beaches (and my personal favourite), Clifton 1st, followed by a late night drive up Signal Hill on one of the few nights in which Eskom didn’t strike…

April 2015 –

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Seeing the cruiseliner, The World, come to the V&A Waterfront and visiting the beautiful Paarl valley.

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Taking a roadtrip back to my hometown of Montagu via the Huguenot Mountain Pass/Tunnel and Cogmans Kloof Pass, which I later did my very first blog post for my then-spanking new travel website on.

Also, exploring the historic Castle of Good Hope on Freedom Day.

May 2015 –

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Enjoying sweet treats and brilliant java at two of my favourite ‘haunts’ in the Mother City, Charly’s Bakery and Truth Coffee. An added bonus: being with my best friends and uni. classmates! 🙂

June 2015 –

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Travelling back home with my parents along the R44 Gordon’s Bay-Rooi Els coastal drive for the July holidays, with breathtaking oceanic sights, stolen sunsets and untold delicacies savoured along the way.

August 2015 –

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Covering my first big event as a member of the media and meeting some of the country’s best and most famous winemakers/wine estate owners when I attended the 2015 Vinimark Wine Trade and Media Trade Fair at the ultra-modern CTICC by special invite; thanks to Mrs Posy Hazell, Public Relations and wine consultant to Vinimark, for making this possible!

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Participating in a panel discussion with my fellow CPUT Second-Year Journalism students and the Minister of Health, Deputy Minister of Communication and Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development at Parliament’s Imbizo Media Centre, before later attending a National Assembly chamber sitting.

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Attending (and subsequently covering) the excellent Groote Post Country Market in Darling and enjoying some fine food, beautiful West Coast spring flower exhibits and a fun tractor ride to boot with my parents! 🙂 Again, thanks to Mrs Posy Hazell and her efficient team for pulling all the stops on my behalf.

September 2015 –

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Live-tweeting and covering the Open Book Festival 2015 as a staff member with some of my uni. classmates/colleagues and being able to see and listen to S.A. greats such as: top author Deon Meyer, extraordinary singing sensation P.J. Powers, culinary great Jenny Morris and talented, controversial cartoonist Zapiro.

October 2015 –

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Hiking up the picturesque and highly popular Lion’s Head and Table Mountain Platteklip Gorge routes on my own. The sweet satisfaction and breathtaking sights that followed were especially rewarding, but without a doubt my best (travel) moment for 2015 was reaching the top of Table Mountain on foot some fourteen years after my first visit to the exceptional mountain and natural wonder. 🙂
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Experiencing the lovely, organic Oranjezicht City Farm Market (which I chose to cover for a uni. assignment) at Granger Bay and, purely as an added bonus, I got to attend the S.A. launch of world-famous Swedish fashion line H&M at the beautiful V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

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December 2015

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Visiting the beautiful Struisbaai and neighbouring Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, just three days before the year’s end and seeing the wreck found there.

These are just 15 of my top moments for 2015 but there were so many more that deserved mentioning.

I had the most amazing time travelling on my own and with friends, colleagues/classmates and loved ones around Cape Town and the Western Cape this year and was fortunate to experience, attend and cover so many wonderful events that I feel truly blessed.

A heartfelt thank you to each and every person who partook in my adventures or who helped to make them possible in some way or form but above all, thank you to everyone who has supported my travel blog this year and in so doing, supported my travel writing dream.

I hope to tick many more exciting places and experiences off my bucket list come 2016 and I look forward to sharing them with you. 🙂 Please ‘join’ me on my future journeys.

(Note: To read more on many of the above highlights, please see the rest of my site as many of them feature prominently on it.)

May 2016 bring you and those closest to your heart many safe, wonderful and life-changing adventures throughout the course of the new year – and may you never lose that sense of wanderlust, which exists in some small (or great) way inside each of us!

Wishing you happy and safe travels,
Tamlyn Amber Ryan.

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Author: Tamlyn Amber Ryan

Tamlyn Ryan is a writer and blogger, who runs her own travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust. Despite a national diploma in Journalism, her preferred niche remains travel writing. She is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and above all else, the great outdoors.

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