There was a time when I could blog about simple things; anything; cheesecurls….
Unfortunately, times like those are on hold at the moment. To refresh your memory, I am busy writing a thesis and have not had much time to blog over the past month. Hopefully I do not need to refresh your memory of who I am and why you’re here coz trust me…I’m just as clueless as you are… (about why you’re here that is… i think I know who I am.. maybe?)
So talking about refreshing your memory; remember that time I went to write my music theory exam and got lost on the property and then had to endure time spent with a weirdass-don’t-care-if-that’s-not-a-word-fuck-you-microsoft-kinda-woman??? Well… you may or may not be thrilled to know (or perhaps not even give a fuck) that I passed that shit! ^_^
So now that I have proven to you guys that I may actually have some kinda level of intelligence, perhaps you’ll listen to the bullshit I have to say next. (One can only hope.)
So yeah.. August.. (and half of September even o.O) sorry for no posts whatsoever. Been a bit busy with my thesis… and then there was Oppikoppi (will tell you a bit more about that in a bit) …so I’m sure you can all understand? (Again, one can only hope.) So, let me not waste any more of your time… here’s a quick bullet point update for those that care (YOU guys rock my socks off by the way!);
- So still studying my ass off in order to finish my Honours degree in about 2 months;
- As mentioned before, I passed my grade 5 music theory exam. Fuck yeah!;
- I have a new boyfriend who’s actually kind of an old boyfriend;
- It’s my sister’s wedding next month! Almost time to attempt walking down the aisle in heels o.O #fml
- I got tickets to see Lady Gaga in November and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in February. (So fucking excited to see Flea slappin’ da bass and Will Ferrell on the drums!!! Fuck yeah!!! ^^,);
- As mentioned before, i went to Oppikoppi Music Festival;
- I got to model for Balmain Paris at a hair show and ended up with R4000 quality hair extensions for niks! Mahala! Yes for free! Wopa!;
- My man and I tried out some new recipes that I will post for you guys soon coz dayamn they were goood and you all should give them a go! (I’m talking peanutbutter chocolate chip banana bread and bacon chocolate chip cookies. Awwwwwwwww yeeeeeaaaah!!!!!);
- I tried to renew my car license 3 times before ending up having to get new plates that say I’m from a province I do not live in…*facepalm* – so yeah.. I guess I’m still driving around illegally for now o.O
- I got to play in some random African snow (will upload some pics soon);
- I have a new obsession with pinterest, DIY projects, and 2 series I started watching – Shameless and American Horror Story. (If you havn’t seem them, do check ‘em out. I highly recommend both of them.)
- Also, it’s finally spring and we now have goslings!
I must quickly tell you about the other night. We had our first spring storm and it was scary as FUCK! (Coz fuck is scary as shit! …and shit is scary as hell!) Anyway, we still have no curtains in the new house and the view from where we were sitting watching series overlooks the entire lake which turned out to be a lightning show of epic proportions with thunder to match! But we were chilled, just blomming on the couch in the darkness watching Shameless, when all of a sudden there was this high pitch siren – just one piercing note – drilling into our ears. We were so confused coz it was not the house alarm, but it was so loud it hurt. It then suddenly changed to an out of control alarm that was coming from the garage. Car alarm obviously… so went to check what was going on. Opened the garage door, took care of the alarm and then just assumed it must’ve been the thunder and then returned to watching the series. 5 minutes later, the frikken loud phone rang giving me a fucking heart attack (it was after midnight after all). It was CMS – the people who come when you hit the panic button in your house or if the house alarm goes off – but… the house alarm never went off so I was pretty confused as to why they were calling. To freak me out even more, when I answered, there was no one there??? FFSWTF!!! Anyway, I just left it and then we carried on watching the show. 10-15 minutes later there was someone knocking on the front door, after midnight, in the pouring rain. Not too mention, we have a wall and gate around our house with electric fencing and no way for anyone to get onto our property. o.O I thought I was going mad… but after getting up to answer it, it turned out to just be one of the CMS guys who ‘conveniently’ had a remote to open our gate, get onto our property, and scare the shit out of us! And that’s not all… He had one of those wandering eyes and was all wet from running around in the storm and the lightning lit up his face like in an old school horror movie and I just kinda stood there for a second thinking if this was the zombie apocalypse and how unprepared I am for such things. o.O Needless to say, it was all very creepy indeed. Thank god we weren’t watching American Horror Story that night.
But enough about the storm… let me tell you about Oppikoppi…
It was great as per usual, but I won’t lie; getting there was a fucking BITCH! If you have never heard of this ‘Oppikoppi’ shindig, it is a music festival held in Northam, Limpopo, South Africa. (It’s about a 4 hour drive from my home.) ‘Oppikoppi’ directly translated from Afrikaans means ‘on the hill’. It is a very diverse music festival that’s been running for 18 years and is held on a piece of land up North in the African bushveld. 3 years ago it became a national heritage to our country – which is pretty awesome! – and it has also been voted one of the 10 best festivals in the world!
A photo of one of the stages that my friend Chris took last year…
Oppikoppi brings +-20000 people together for 3-5 days to enjoy some of the best South African music our country has to offer from a bunch of different genres, with a few international acts that headline. This year the headlining bands were Seether, Eagles of Death Metal, Bullet for my Valentine and Enter Shikari. Now I don’t wanna sound biased, but my heart truly lies with our local music here in South Africa. We have some extraordinary acts that make me so proud to be South African. Some of my favourite local acts from this year’s fest included the legendary Albert Frost (who has played every Oppi since the very beginning), Jeremy Loops, Shadowclub, Shortstraw, and surprisingly, Jack Parow. I’m not a huge fan of his but the party vibe he created was insane! Also, a TON of respect to Sibot and PHFat who gathered a few more worshippers uptop the koppi.
Anyway, as I was saying, you basically (and I mean BASICALLY – no luxuries whatsoever) camp with a bunch of friends under the African sun with thorns in your ass, a serious lack of toilets, no showering, tons of sweat, puke, and dust. But the music is fucking great and that’s all that matters.
As for the story, I first need to tell you that it was my 4th Oppikoppi in a row and I have grown accustomed to the ways of the koppi and how to survive said weekend. On the other hand, my best friend’s boyfriend and his friend were not so accustomed and so a whole lotta unnecessary preparation took place. All you really need to survive oppi is a tent, pillow and blanket, a torch, a small bag of clothes and a toothbrush, a few litres of clean water, wetwipes, booze, a few energades, crème sodas, yogisips and some cash to buy food. That’s it. However, it was impossible to convince the boys of this fact (at least they know now and next time will be much better… one can only hope )
So, our ride to Oppikoppi just so happened to be my friend Kevin’s Opel stationwagon. He and his mate, Darren, sat in front… after packing the car so full (of bullshit we didn’t need in the first place) that there was fuckall space left for his girlfriend (my best friend) and I. Yes, Kev and Daz, fuck you guys if you’re reading this! We literally squished into the tiniest space in the back of his car, on top of each other, on top of a lot of other things, with me ready to pretty much give birth to her foot whilst my toes were in her ear. There was also no way to communicate to the front of the car but at least we could smile and wave at the people driving behind us coz we couldn’t even hear the boys in front. We had to text them every time we needed to communicate with them. But that aside, the car looked fucking rad. Darren made some awesome stickers and we branded the entire car with the festival logo and sponsor’s logos (both sides plus some big ones on the roof and bonnet). Given how dusty Oppikoppi gets, the plan was to peel off the vinyl after the festival and send them a pic of the festival logo made outta dust… but unfortunately, it was not to be.
Branding the koppikar!
So we chose to leave a day early on the wednesday before the fest actually started in order to get a good campsite and get the party started early. (I even had to take unpaid leave from work because the boys insisted that we get there before anyone else.) Anyway, after 3 hours of driving without being able to move a muscle and only 40kms from the festival, we landed up on a dirt road. Why? – well; simply because men refuse to take directions. (You fuckers know it’s true ) Let me just say that this dirt road is so bad that even Oppikoppi warns fellow festival goers to avoid the road entirely. Needless to say, no more Opel stationwagon. Geput!
There we were stranded on a dirt road at 10pm in the middle of nowhere. Thorn bushes to our left, mielie field to our right, dirt road ahead and behind, and the clearest of stars above us. (Darren had to walk a few hundred metres just to get signal on his smartphone.) After about an hour and a half of fiddling with the car and trying to get hold of other friends who were supposedly on their way and googling contact details for roadside assistance in the area… we managed to eventually hook up a tow service which we had to wait another hour for. Hennie and his Hilux came to the rescue and put Kevin’s car onto a trailer and then piled us into his bakkie. We then drove for an eternity on said dirt road before reaching civilization once again.
This is where we were stuck… in the middle of the night o.O
Hennie then took us to his workshop where we had to abandon Kevin’s car in order for it to be fixed over the weekend. We had to unpack everything and oh my fuck… shit was so tightly packed that every colddrink can was loose and packed into whatever small space was left after packing the bigger things. Once everything was unpacked, we then proceeded to pack everything into the back of Hennie’s bakkie. Somehow we got it to all fit and once that was done, Hennie kindly drove us to Oppikoppi. What a legend! (For future koppi breakdowners, Hennie’s number is 0833784610/1. Save that shit now!)
Unfortunately Hennie did not have a ticket (not so unfortunate for us and it was for him of course) and he therefore had to drop us at the gate with all of our stuff. I must also tell you how cold it was. It was now past 1am in Limpopo province and it had snowed the day before across the entire country. Give you an idea?
Waiting at the gate in the cold
We then waited another 30 minutes for some friends who had arrived just before us to unpack their car and setup their camp. They then met us at the gate so we could pack all our stuff into their car. Once that was done we could not fit in the car and so they went ahead and picked a camping spot for us (the whole reason we had to leave a day early) whilst we walked for what felt like forever in pitch darkness and the freezing cold until we found them.
2am. Time to axe some thorn bushes and setup tents. All our things were just piled in the dirt coz we had no car. Luckily I had my own tent with enough room in it for everyone’s things. We were eventually sorted, exhausted, but at Oppifuckingkoppi! Fuck yeah! The night was still young. We then met up with some friends at their campsite. They had a fire going and so we chilled with them for a few drinks, basked in the heat of the fire and enjoyed some great conversation until about 4:30 am…and that was our start to surviving Oppi weekend. A lot of bitching and moaning but fuckin’ good times! I won’t tell you all about what went down once we were there as what happens at Oppi stays at Oppi but here’s a bunch of pics I chose to share with you all;
Oppi camping grounds
Watching the first band of the first day
Some of the crazy fellow campers…
Days well spent
Boom Straat 500 Naked Dash
Die bottle boom
Friends of ours won the award for best campsite and got to do a photoshoot with Jack Parow. heres one of the pics and a link to the rest…
3 full days and 3 full nights of non-stop roughing it in Africa with the greatest of people and the best live music. My heart belongs to Oppikoppi music festival and nothing will ever stop me from getting there; no matter how many times we break down on the way, no matter how many times I have to pack and unpack, no matter what bands are on the lineup, no matter how broke I am, no matter how old I get… Oppikoppi is an experience that is truly unforgettable every year. It’s such a unique festival with the greatest vibe.. it’s the party of a lifetime with guaranteed memories no matter how drunk you get.
Anyway, I feel this post is getting just a bit long now.. not that that’s anything new. Guess I’ll just end it here. I’ll post the Jozi snow pics as soon as I can and also the recipes. So feel free to subscribe by sharing your love for hedgehogs (towards the top, right hand side) and you’ll receive a notification when I find the time to blog again. ^^, Personally, I don’t know why any of you read this shit but thanks for pretending to be interested in this hullabaloo that I call life. Muchos ‘appreciatos’! I don’t know if that is a legitimate sentence or word. :/
Yes, again;…slacking with the reviews, marketing posts and picks of the month.. I know… but I can really only apologise this time… and leave you with this;
My cat is a TURTLE!
…and the other one’s a fish. She recently took an unexpected dive into our bath. ^_^ They make me so proud. #fucktardcats
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Hope everyone in SA has a great spring! Stay awesome & mooi bly! ^^,