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Germany adventure 3 of 3

The last leg of our journey was the business part. We went to the interzoo expo in Nuremberg and it was a real eye-opener. I learnt so much from this experience.

Nuremberg is a very historic city. We pondered around the city, at our own leisure, on our last day. Beautiful churches, tasty food, vibrant. I LOVE the public transport in Europe, but due to the many trains and plane trips I had vertigo once I touched SA soil for a whole week 😦 Next time I’ll be sure to take the correct meds before I leave.

Thanks Germany, it was awesome! What a memorable experience.

 

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Our Germany adventure 2 of 3

Wow, due to the fact that I lost my password and started a new job, this post is SUPER old and outdated but here are some pics.

Some of the highlights:

  • Munich – I absolutely LOVE this city. Such a mixture of history and technology. Damien wasn’t a fan, he said he expected more
  • Had dinner at Augustiner – an old beer house with amazing beer and traditional German food
  • Beautiful cathedrals that take your breath away
  • We visited the BMW world, but didn’t have enough time for the BMW museum (which is apparently a must see)
  • Had coffee at Mcdonalds daily – was the cheapest we could find – 1Euro
  • Germany is packed with pastries around every corner and I had about 3 a day. Not many people in this country are fat, guess because they walk everywhere, very limited cars
  • English garden – breathtaking!!!

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Foo fighters – great night out

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Damien and I don’t often go out at night, as we have a very short and small list of babysitters. When we heard Foo fighters were coming to SA we decided to buy tickets for our anniversary (to spoil ourselves!!)

We normally go to concerts with our dear friends – Pete, Emma, Chris and Stacey and asked them to join us.

The evening / afternoon started with burgers and beers at Hudsons – Parkhurst. I have only ever been to the one in Cape Town, but can definitely recommend the Parkhurst one if burgers and craft beer is your thang!

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The six of us got into the bakkie and arrived at the stadium around 7pm, which is REALLY the way to go! We managed to see the second half of Kaizer Chiefs, who were quite awesome and then chilled on our seats (yes we got SEATED tickets) until 9pm when Foo Fighter’s started to play.

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They were absolutely amazing!! For someone who isn’t THAT into rock, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The played for THREE full hours – no break and had so much energy. I absolutely loved the drummer (Taylor Hawkins) and the fact that he looked like a surfer was so cool! Dave Grohl is of course fantastic and played the drums for one song, which was magical. They played “Under pressure – Queen” which was WOW.

The night was really loads of fun, we got home round 1am and were exhausted on Sunday, but it was so worth it!!!!

Thanks Pete, Emm, Chris and Stace!! Here’s to many more cool FNB stadium concerts!!!

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I run my own business – Chantal from Smart choice accounting

I met Chantal through twitter a while back and she has become a real TGF warrior, she collects donations, makes blankets etc. She also runs TWO of her own businesses and is a mum of THREE!! Read here what she has to say about running her own business.

Name : Chantal le Roux

Business name and website : Smart-choice accounting CC www.smartchoice.co.za Toppie’s Brewing Co www.tbco.co.za

Brief description of business : Accounting and tax consultancy and Home brew shop – selling craft beer making supplies and equipment

Since when have you run your own business : Smart-choice since March 2009 and Toppie’s since 2014

Why is it better than working for a boss : It is, and it isn’t. It’s more stressful financially as you have to make sure everyone pays you, but the quality time spent with family and quality of life makes up for it

Thing you enjoy most each day : No traffic

Thing you enjoy least each day : Not much – I like my job

Advice for people starting their own business :

I once read somewhere

“Entrepreneurship: Living a few years of your life the way others won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life the way others can’t.” This is true, it’s hard at first, but the rewards are endless.

Top three things you have learnt from having your own business :

  1. You are worth a lot more than you think – charge your time accordingly
  2. Don’t let people take you for a ride, or believe empty promises, no pay – no work
  3. Balance is key – when it’s your own business it’s very hard to stop working. Stop working you deserve a weekend too.