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Lo­cal singing sen­sa­tion Pose­letso Se­josin­goe says she loves Lon­don, Thai food and the beau­ti­ful scenery of the road to Hout Bay travel2013

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 - ME­LANIE PETERS

CAPE Town singer and ac­tress Pose­letso Se­josin­goe first hit the head­lines in the singing com­pe­ti­tion Idols in 2003. Since then, she has shared a stage with in­ter­na­tional artists in­clud­ing Michael Bolton, Josh Groban, Bey­oncé and Westlife.

She turned to the­atre and has been in pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing The Magic Flute, which toured the West End, UK, Ire­land and Ja­pan; The Mys­ter­ies, which was staged in Paris, and A Christ­mas Carol in Lon­don. She is in Scrooge at the Bax­ter this fes­tive sea­son.

How widely have you trav­elled?

I have been to Mozam­bique, Zim­babwe, Zam­bia, Malawi, Namibia, Paris, Tokyo, Eng­land, Ire­land, Thai­land, Aus­tralia and Sin­ga­pore.

Where was your favourite hol­i­day?

Be­lieve it or not, Lon­don. Peo­ple think I’m mad when I say that I love the weather, the po­lite­ness of the peo­ple in the shops and a feel­ing that it is safe. I know that it isn’t the case all over but I have al­ways felt this way ev­ery time I have vis­ited the city.

Your worst ex­pe­ri­ence on a hol­i­day?

In Ire­land when I landed I was tired and waited for my suit­case to ar­rive on the con­veyor belt. Well that did not hap­pen at all. A week later and a few pounds poorer, my suit­case ar­rived.

Nor­mally I love shop­ping but do­ing it this way was not my idea of fun. I had to shop for new things un­til my bag­gage fi­nally ar­rived. Your fun­ni­est ex­pe­ri­ence? I can­not re­ally talk about my re­ally fun­ni­est ex­pe­ri­ence ever in the news­pa­per be­cause it is not ap­pro­pri­ate.

What do you avoid dur­ing a hol­i­day?

In Lon­don es­pe­cially I avoid the Tube. I find the Lon­don Un­der­ground very con­fus­ing. Even though it has sim­pli­fied its maps for tourists, I still find it in­tim­i­dat­ing. I al­ways travel with a group or a com­pan­ion when I have to take the Un­der­ground. Best meal abroad? Thai food. The com­bi­na­tion of spices and sweet flavours makes their food sim­ply sub­lime.

Your favourite place to have sun­down­ers on your trav­els?

The Camps Bay strip where all the bars and restau­rants are sit­u­ated op­po­site the beach. The set­ting is pos­si­bly the most ex­quis­ite in the world – you can­not blame the tourists and the trendy crowd for hang­ing out there.

What have you learnt from your trav­els?

To be pa­tient. It is the one great virtue that will hold you in good stead while trav­el­ling. Of­ten there is a com­mu­ni­ca­tion or lan­guage bar­rier. Also re­spect for the dif­fer­ent cul­tures. Ideal trav­el­ling com­pan­ion? Def­i­nitely my best friends, be­cause we like the same things and the same places and most im­por­tantly we un­der­stand each other so it makes the whole trav­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ence so much less stress­ful.

Cul­ture vul­ture or adrenalin junkie?

Cul­ture vul­ture. I love go­ing to the the­atre and see­ing shows when I am away. Great­est travel lux­ury? My Bodyshop toi­letries and my Paco Ra­banne per­fume. Favourite drive? It’s the road along Camps Bay to Bantry Bay, Oudekraal, Llan­dudno and all the way to Hout Bay.

As a sea­soned trav­eller and flyer, can you share some tips?

Travel light and sen­si­bly, less is more. Where next? Scrooge re­hearsals.

ROAD WELL TRAV­ELLED: Pose­letso Se­josin­goe en­joys city breaks in Ire­land, Lon­don and New York but says noth­ing beats Cape Town’s stun­ning coast.

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