‘I’VE NEVER GONE ANY­WHERE BY KAYAK ON PUR­POSE’

Sunday Times - - My Travelling Life - NIK RABINOWITZ Co­me­dian

HOW OF­TEN DO YOU TRAVEL?

It de­pends what you mean by travel. If you mean ex­otic lo­ca­tions, then now and again. If you mean Joburg and back and Joburg and back and Joburg and back — pretty much ev­ery week.

DE­SCRIBE YOUR FIRST HOL­I­DAY YOU RE­MEM­BER AS A CHILD

Run­ning around kaal­gat in the Agter Pakhuis area of the Ceder­berg Moun­tains. Feels like yes­ter­day … Hang on. That was yes­ter­day. Sigh.

WHAT IS THE MOST DIF­FI­CULT, RE­MOTE OR AD­VEN­TUR­OUS DES­TI­NA­TION YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO?

I sum­mit­ted Mount Kil­i­man­jaro in 2011. Some­times it feels as if life is like climb­ing a moun­tain and then I re­mem­ber the time I climbed an ac­tual moun­tain and it was much harder.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL ONCE YOU ARE ABROAD?

My friend and most fa­mous ad­ven­turer Ri­aan Manser says it’s ei­ther by bike or kayak, and I think I agree. In fact the first time I went to Los An­ge­les I hired a moun­tain bike and rode all over the city, which was cool, es­pe­cially the five-hour trip through Topanga Canyon to Santa Mon­ica. One morn­ing I rode through a mi­nor earth­quake and didn’t no­tice. I’ve never trav­elled any­where by kayak on pur­pose.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CITY HERE OR ABROAD?

Am­s­ter­dam. I love the bikes, the dykes and the Hol­landse Har­ings (her­rings), which slip down your throat like well-oiled pen­guins. That sounds like a Dr Seuss poem for adults.

I also like Van­cou­ver, which is like Cape Town, but safe. And wet. And cold. But it’s home to my cousin Kyla, who is awe­some.

DO YOU PRE­FER ROUGH­ING IT OR LUX­URY WHEN TRAV­EL­LING? DE­SCRIBE THE BEST EX­PE­RI­ENCE YOU’VE HAD OF WHAT­EVER YOU CHOOSE

Rough­ing, with a splash of lux­ury. I would have loved to fol­low six days of climb­ing Kili with a lux­ury ho­tel in Zanz­ibar, but I went home to change nap­pies. So that’s more rough­ing it with a splash of rough­ing it.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST TRAVEL EX­PE­RI­ENCE?

I once stayed in Sydney with my col­league Ri­aad Moosa. We had match­ing win­dow­less smok­ing rooms, equipped with beds on wheels. Ri­aad jumped on his bed and landed up in the toi­let. Wait, you said best ex­pe­ri­ence, right?

ODD­EST THING YOU’VE EX­PE­RI­ENCED/THAT HAP­PENED WHILE TRAV­EL­LING?

A mas­sage in Are­quipa, Peru. Af­ter the masseur in­sisted I change in front of him, he pro­ceeded to bump the ta­ble a num­ber of times dur­ing the ses­sion, at one point briefly flick­ing my right tes­ti­cle, and then threw a towel over my head.

WHAT DO YOU HATE ABOUT TRAV­EL­LING OR HOL­I­DAYS?

When the baby is scream­ing and you stand up to try to rock it to stop it from scream­ing and the flight at­ten­dant threat­ens to have you ar­rested while the plane is tak­ing off. And when the baby just got to sleep in one of those bassinet thin­gies and it’s 2am and the plane ex­pe­ri­ences a bit of tur­bu­lence and then you have to wake the baby and re­move it and strap it to your lap and then it starts scream­ing again. So just baby scream­ing in any lo­ca­tion.

WHAT EL­E­MENTS – DES­TI­NA­TION, PEO­PLE, AT­TRAC­TIONS, ETC – MAKE UP YOUR PER­FECT HOL­I­DAY?

● Surf­ing

● Moun­tain climb­ing

● Camp­ing

● Chillax­ing (how old AM I?) ● Fun with kids

● Sex with wife

● All ex­penses paid.

NAME ONE PLACE YOU RE­ALLY WANT TO GO, NOW OR AT LEAST SOME DAY?

The Mentawai Is­lands in In­done­sia, on a boat trip. Prefer­ably I’m not row­ing the boat.

Rabinowitz’s new show, Dry White, runs at the Bax­ter Con­cert Hall from De­cem­ber 18 un­til Jan­uary 12. Book through webtick­ets.co.za

Pic­ture: 123rf.com/ivan­ta­gan

KICKER A beau­ti­ful view of Am­s­ter­dam, Nether­lands.

Pic­ture: mentawai.in­done­sia-tourism

SOME DAY The Mentawai Is­lands, In­done­sia.

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