The 12 Decades Hotel

Val-Day has its perks, like a night at the 12 Decades Art Hotel in Maboneng, a place I’ve wanted to visit for ages!  It feels totally indulgent staying in a hotel when your house is 20  minutes away, but also a lovely break from the same old same old.
We stayed in the MineHaus room, where Bauhaus meets Joburg mining town, designed by a long time favourite of mine Dokter & Misses.  Below are some pics from the room, the installations on the 7th floor, and Joburg’s famous skyline from the rooftop bar (most from my Instagram).
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Valentine’s day fail

Deep down I’m a romantic, and over the years (okay, just one or two years), I’ve had some fairly good Valentine’s Days.  In fact I even met a long-term boyfriend at  a singles V-day party.

But yesterday did not turn into a silver lining kind of a day.  The low-point  was finding a note under my windscreen wiper (“Ooooo, look, a secret admirer has left me a declaration!”), from someone who had bumped into my car while parking (goodbye wing mirror).  Someone in a huge, white 4 x 4; someone whose huge, white 4 x 4 has a beeping monitor thing to help them avoid colliding with objects; and someone whose note directed me to their husband’s PA (“she’ll deal with it”).

And so it went from there … to a party in the right dress, in the right venue, with the right friends, but with the wrong crowd.  Entirely.

Luckily I woke up today and it was 15 February and I had Ferrero Rocher for breakfast.