Why You Should Move Abroad

I left Portugal, my country, for the first time when I was only 10 years old. Lived in several countries from cold Belgium to warm South Africa. I went back to Portugal several times, but once you get the taste of different cultures it’s hard to go back and just live with a single one, so I kept moving.

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Today I’m living in England and, of course I struggle with the cold weather, but that’s what makes me enjoy even more every time I go visit my family and friends in Portugal.

I’m loving my current lifestyle and I don’t know what expects me tomorrow, but I know all the reasons why I decided to move abroad and here’s why you should consider doing it too:

And upgrade on your linguistic skills

Conversations with native speakers are the best way to upgrade and touch up linguistic skills, which is great, not only for your career but for your life experiences in general. I speak four languages, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. I understand a few more and my native language is now a mix of all of the above, but people still understand me, so that’s great!

Creativity unleashed

Living in a new environment will stimulate your cognitive function, imagination, and creativity, all of which are critical to professional growth. Whether or not you have a 9-5 job, moving to a new environment exposes you to new people and everyday experiences that’ll require a 180° change of perspective and at the same time boosting your creative potential. My mind is like a browser with multiple tabs open and this is ALL THE TIME.

Organizational Skills

Moving abroad requires careful planning and organization. The new environment can improve your time management and budget planning skills and help you become a better planner and organizer in private and professional life. I never thought I was so good at saving money and managing my time until I moved to England and got my first job and first apartment.

Tolerance

Every society is governed by its own set of rules and values which you’ll come across as soon as you arrive in a new environment. As a foreigner, you’ll have to adapt and follow these rules, but you’ll also learn to appreciate differences more, and the experience will boost your tolerance and soft skills. Something I learn every time I move to a new country is that my beliefs and common sense is always progressing and getting adapt to new experiences.

Fun

Besides what a lot of people think, not living in your country does not equal sadness. It’s actually fun and exciting. Every day you find about something new and it’s pretty much like being constantly travelling.

Last year, for example, I spent my first Christmas in England and I had no idea how traditionally English people were. It was fascinating! All the decorations, the events, the food, the music. Now I want to spend every Christmas in this country.

I could keep writing about my experiences all life long, but my point is, if you get a chance to move abroad, take the opportunity, and act on it right away. The experience will change you completely. The world awaits you.

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Catharina’s Restaurant

It’s been a long time since I wrote a Travel post about South Africa so, it’s only fair that I write about one of my favourite restaurants of all times: Catharina’s at Steenberg.

With a very warm atmosphere, a sophisticated and elegant interior with their crafted origami design on the ceiling, Catharina’s Restaurant is set amongst vineyards and it’s right next to my house in Cape Town, South Africa. So obviously I’m always there!

But my last visit to this restaurant was quite special because they had live music and the talented Executive Chef Garth Almazan’s made a special menu just for that day.

As a starter I had a Roasted Cauliflower soup with gorgonzola cream and white truffle oil.

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As a main I went for the Roasted Beef Sirloin, Lamb and Chicken. Potatoes with Rosemary and Salt. Broccoli and Bacon gratin. Thyme and balsamic roasted onions and baked portabella mushrooms and a mixed leaf salad.

For dessert I had the Cape Malva Pudding with vanilla sauce anglaise and Amarula Ice cream.

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While enjoying this delicious meal I had the opportunity to listen to Demi-Lee Moore and Lize Mynhardt amazing voices. Here is a sneak peek of their covers:

Contact Details

Mobile Phones: +27.217132222/ +27.217132251
 Address: 10802 Tokai Rd, 7945, South Africa
 E-mail: catharinas@steenberghotel.com
Catharina’s website.
Catharina’s on Facebook.

Demi-Lee Moore Facebook Page.

Lize Mynhardt Facebook Page.

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Hermanus: African Pride Mosselberg Hotel

The African Pride Mosselberg on Grotto Beach Hotel is a very relaxing place. You have the views from the mountain and the sound of the waves to make sure that all the stress is taken away.

This 5-star hotel has a very good entertaining area with a swimming pool, bar, lounge, a great deck to tan in summer, a pool table and wi-fi.

Each room is individually decorated and named after different aspects from the area. There is the Fynbos room where I stayed, Olive Deluxe Room, Pinotage Deluxe Room, Sugarbird Suite and the Southern Right Suite. All of these rooms have amazing views to the sea where between the months of July and November you can watch the whales.

 

Restaurants

This hotel only offers breakfasts and light meals when the chef is not on holidays, which was the case. This is not the first time I visit Hermanus and I always struggle to find a good restaurant. A lot of people suggested the “Lemon-Butta” but the service was awful. This time I tried an Italian Restaurant “Fabio’s”, but that’s a “wannabee” Italian Restaurant and if you know a minimum about Italian cuisine, my advise is not to eat there. But this time, I finally found a restaurant with good service and nice food, “La Pentola”.

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African Pride Mosselberg Contact

Tel: +27 (28) 314 0055
E-mail: bookings@mosselberg.co.za
Website: www.africanpridehotels.com
Facebook: African-Pride-Mosselberg-on-Grotto-Beach
 
It was a wonderful stay and I hope to come back , but this time in Summer so I can enjoy the swimming pool.

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