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