Whirlwind weekend in Jozi

So this Cape Townian girl decided to go to Jozi for a weekend of fun and to catch up with the Rolling Babes. How much fun can a girl possibly have in 48 hours?

Realistically though, nothing can be only good - but when I forget about the inconvenience of travelling as a person with a disability, it really was a fantastic weekend.

My inconveniences were also disappointments. It was upsetting that the Personal Assistant Unit ofAirports Company South Africa did not come and fetch me at the aircraft, as well as embarrassing that I had to be carried like a bag of potatoes from my seat to the exit of the aircraft to get to my wheelchair. And let me not mention howI looked like a packed mule with my luggage on my lap, since my caregiver couldnot manage to push a trolley and me.

It is good to know that there are people listening to my tweets and Garden Court Sandton City responded to my complaint with a free lunch. We all know there is no such thingas a free lunch. Before I tweeted my dismay that there was no plastic basin in the bathroom, (as previously requested) my caregiver had to run between the bathroomand the bed, to wash me.

Rolling on to the good bits now! I met with Ursula Chikane -  yes the Bar One Manhunt and TopBilling presenter at Nelson Mandela Square. Wow! What a stunning lady. She is living proof that dynamite comes in small packages. Our coffee date turned into a two-hourbreakfast and we chatted about everything under the sun.

I made it back to the hotel in time for a radio interview with Jenna Lee of RSG (Radio Sonder Grense). We spoke about the challenges disabled women face and what makes me a women. The topic of the interview was "Ek is Vrou" and should be accessible on their website if anyone wants to have a listen.

Next on my busy Jozi agenda was a catch up with a friend who I have known for over 25 years. Seeing Lucy was the highlight of my day. We spent hours reminiscing about crazy events from the past. Retiring back to the hotel room would have been sensible because we had an early flight to catch on Sunday morning. But who is sensible when they are having a good time? One sms to the Wheelchair Queen of Jozi,Thuli was all it took to maximise this Saturday night. Before we knew it, the bar staff was mopping up around us, a clear sign that they are finished working for the night and we should probably go to bed.

There was so much more to do, and no more time - my next visit to the City of Gold will be morethan a two night stay! On my return to the Mother City, I had to visit a spa to recover from my whirlwind weekend. Pity, it was such a mission to find a wheelchair-friendly spa in Cape Town. Thank you to Life Day Spa, Cape Town - I hope you reap patronage from wheelchair-users as a result of being mentioned in this article.

Mmmm... I am now on a mission to find more wheelchair-friendly spa's and see if they compare to mynewly discovered sanctuary.

Chocolate Mousse with Coffee Liqueur (Serves 8)

Nothing can beeasier than this dessert!

  • 1½ cups (310 ml) cold tap water
  • 1 x 310 g pack InaPaarman's Chocolate Mousse
  • 1 x 250 ml freshcream (whipping)
  • ½ cup (125 ml)coffee liqueur

Measure water intoa medium-sized mixing bowl. Sprinkle contents of the pack over the water andbeat until well blended. Cover with cling film. Leave in the fridge for 15minutes.

In a smaller mixing bowl whip cream until soft peaks form. Remove the mousse mixture fromthe fridge. Using the same beaters, whip the mixture for a minute until smooth.Gently fold the whipped cream into the mousse using a spatula or metal spoon.Stir until evenly blended. Add the coffee liqueur and stir it through.

Divide the mixture between eight glasses. Cover and refrigerate. Decorate each glass with a white chocolate decoration.