In this regular column, we chat to some of SA’s premier personalities about their travel experiences and favourite local pastimes and haunts.
This week we feature Good Hope FM and SABC3’s ‘Win A Home’ presenter KHANYA SIYENGO.
What is your favourite travel destination, and why?
Few years back I had a chance to visit New York City. This place blew me away. Firstly, I’m a huge fan of the urban and hip hop culture. New York City is literally the birthplace of the culture.
What was your first international trip, and what do you remember most vividly about the experience?
My first international trip was when I was about 9 or 10 years of age. My whole family relocated to Ohio in the USA. All I can remember really is the snow and the yellow huge school bus. I was really young and around that time Snoop Dog released his classic song, ‘Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)’.
What is the first thing you usually do when you arrive at your destination and you’re trying to get acclimated?
In my recent trips, I’ve picked up this routine of (purposefully) knowing my surroundings very well. So I dress down and walk around wherever I’m staying, talk to the staff at the hotel etc….essentially trying to blend in with people of the area, I guess you could say.
What for you is usually the best way to soak up the culture you’re in?
Blend in with everyone, park the car and hit the streets. In Zanzibar I experienced Stone Town in this manner and I plan on going back very soon.
Flying – love it, or hate it?
Love it. It’s the best time to clear your head. I hardly sleep, so I’m either reading a book or writing down notes of things I’d like to do and my goals etc.
What has been your favourite cuisine that you have discovered on your travels?
New York carrot cheesecake. I’ll pay anyone anything to have this brought me. It melts on the tongue and just tastes amazing.
You’ve got exactly R48 in your wallet. Where do you go for lunch in Cape Town?
A restaurant called Woza. I’ll have traditional beef stew with pap and a glass of water.
What is your speciality in the kitchen?
I’m working on this. For now, I’m mean with the microwave.
Describe your ideal night in, and out.
Ideal night in: Lots of food. I eat quite a bit, so a full chicken for me, some great coffee and my computer normally work out. I’ll watch a movie, most likely, but recently there’s been a lot of basketball on television, so I’ll watch that.
Ideal night out: Find a great restaurant with a versatile menu and great vibe and Wi-Fi (laughs). Hopefully have company with me, eat and maybe go listen to some music, and I’m home by 1.30am most times.
What makes life worth living?
Getting to know myself more each day. Trying new things and passing on knowledge and skills to others.