Week 38 – Johnny Clegg, The Final Journey

Months ago when I was over at a friend’s house having dinner, we happened across an advert for Johnny Clegg performing at the Dubai Opera in September. We were 3 South African girls sitting there at dinner and immediately decided that this was something we had to do and so went online and booked tickets right there and then.

Fast forward 3+ months and the day finally arrives. Johnny Clegg performing his Final Journey tour at the Dubai Opera 🙂

The tour was put together as a way for him to travel and say ‘goodbye’ to his fans all over the world; he was diagnosed with cancer approximately 2 years ago 😥

I have been to countless concerts and performances in my lifetime but I have never, NEVER been to a concert that stirs emotion in me like this one did. The constant fighting back of tears as he told us his stories, performed songs that brought back so many memories, and the longing to be back home… well, needless to say that the 3 of us walked out of there, ready to go home and pack our bags and head HOME.

Wherever you are in the world reading this, if the concert is still coming to your town, I absolutely urge you to get tickets and go watch it – especially if you are South African!

I won’t spoil it by telling you anything about the concert, but here are a few photos and some videos that I took on the night ❤

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Week 37 – Wanderlust brunch

One of the newest brunches to hit the scenes in Dubai is Wanderlust at JW Marriott Marquis hotel.

People have been talking about it for a little while now, going on about how amazing it is. I had previously experienced the post-brunch madness, which was not really my ‘cup of tea’, but when I was invited to a birthday brunch I had to give it a proper chance.

And boy am I glad I did!

The brunch is split over 3 restaurants, with the food and drinks stations laid out across all of them… in fact, it’s so huge that they have a map printed for you to try figure your way around!

Map!

We sat in the ‘garden’ area of the brunch which is definitely my favourite of the 3. It’s airy, bright, and seems to be the most popular – it is also in the middle of the food and fun.

The food is fantastic! It’s all help-yourself style (grab a tray, load it with food) which means getting up from your table regularly to grab your food, so sometimes the food areas can be a bit busy and crowded, but you find a rhythm and make it work. The food is all freshly prepared – you even get to walk through the kitchen for some of it! – and there is no shortage of different types of food to enjoy… pulled beef, curries, Italian, sushi, seafood, bread & cheeses, quiches, sandwiches, and of course dessert!

Ellie chose to have a 90’s theme for the brunch which was pretty cool. It’s a fairly easy era to dress up in as so many of the clothes are things that people still wear today… my outfit was thrown together in about 10 minutes on Friday morning, using Gwen Stefani as my inspiration 🙂

This is definitely one of the brunches to check out! Great party atmosphere, great food, and lots of post-brunch dancing if you wish when they close off one of the areas, shut the curtains and pump the DJ’s jams!

Why so serious?