‘My laid-back, beau­ti­ful home of Cape Town’

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DU RBAN-BORN Krys­tle Moodley, who has been liv­ing in Cape Town for two years, has taken to the city like a fish takes to wa­ter.

Moodley, 32, fell head over heels with Cape Town al­most im­me­di­ately and said the re­laxed life­style and breath­tak­ing views made her feel like she was on a per­ma­nent hol­i­day.

Naidoo, orig­i­nally from Sunnning­dale, re­lo­cated to live with her hus­band, a club man­ager, whom she had just mar­ried. He moved home a year ear­lier.

At first, she said the at­mos­phere took some get­ting use to, but she now gen­uinely loved it.

“It is to­tally dif­fer­ent. Peo­ple in Cape Town are laid back and keep to them­selves. I ex­pected peo­ple to be more friendly but, other than that, this city is amaz­ing – es­pe­cially the fact that it’s so clean and tidy.”

Moodley said there was al­ways some­thing to do in the city.

“Even if it’s just tak­ing a drive. The scenery is beau­ti­ful. Ta­ble Moun­tain can be seen from ev­ery side. This makes liv­ing and work­ing here worth­while.”

Naidoo said the cost of liv­ing, com­pared to Dur­ban, was higher and as a re­sult she re­signed from her job at a ho­tel, gam­ing and en­ter­tain­ment group to open an In­dian take-away in Blou­berg.

“Ev­ery­thing has its pros and cons. With Cape Town, the cost of food, the nightlife and prop­erty is more ex­pen­sive than Dur­ban. My hus­band and I felt the pinch when we moved.

“The rental in Cape Town is twice the price com­pared to Dur­ban, where you would have to pay be­tween R7 000 to R10 000 for a one-bed­room flat but thank­fully the new busi­ness helped pay the bills.”

She said a lot of peo­ple did not cook and eat­ing out was pop­u­lar in the city.

“Restau­rants and take-aways are al­ways busy. Peo­ple just love to eat.”

Speak­ing about the nightlife, she said it was the best the coun­try had to of­fer.

“One can­not go wrong when it comes to the night life. One of the hot spots is Long Street. There is a dif­fer­ent vibe here. I can’t ex­plain it. Maybe it has some­thing to do with the fact that there are dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple all par­ty­ing to­gether. Another place is Eden on the Bay, which over­looks the ocean – as well as Robben Is­land.”

Her favourite places to hang out, she said, in­cluded Chap­man’s Peak, Sig­nal Hill, Kirsten­bosch and Lange­baan.

The only things she missed about Dur­ban were her fam­ily and the spices.

Krys­tle Moodley, en­joy­ing a night out with her hus­band and friend at Die Damhuis restau­rant in Melk­bosstrand.

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