By Marie Mjacu
With summer and all its glory slowly coming to an end, it’s the perfect time to get out and about in Stellenbosch. Although test week and due dates are fast-approaching (get ready for those all-nighters in the Swottery) there’s still a lot to do and explore around town. Here’s a list of 4 great ways to take a study break, be it for half an hour or a whole day.
- The botanical gardens
Now that the intense heat of summer is starting to die down, there’s never been a better time to relax in the lovely Botanical Gardens that we have right next door. Something that’s so great about the gardens is that each visit is somehow different. Whether you’re going alone to read or write, or if a group of you are going to taste some of the many delicacies that the restaurant offers, it’s always a great escape. Picnics are a very special (and cheap) way to take a break, so gather up your friends and your favourite snacks and make use of our beautiful back yard.
- De Frije – the new restaurant down the road
Harmonites love their food! So thank goodness for us, a new burger place has opened up just around the corner. Located in Plein Street (near Nubar and Entourage) De Frije is a unique restaurant because it only offers one item. A statement burger that is delicious and filling – it makes sense that it’s the only thing offered. But what’s a burger without chips? Do not stress because chips are offered as a side and come with a range of sauces. This restaurant itself is quirky with a sidewalk dining vibe that makes it a whole experience. Oh, and there’s a free ice-cream with every burger purchase – need I say more? Treat yourself!
- Something in res…
Sometimes going places is just way too much effort but luckily we’re surrounded by friends and a beautiful living space, so why not make use of it? Plan a sleepover in different peoples’ rooms or out on the balcony, organise a movie night with friends (someone in res will have a movie for you). If you’re feeling adventurous, find someone with a frying pan and cook up some pancakes for breakfast one weekend. There are so many ways to get creative and take a little break without leaving Harmonie.
- Travel a little
This break involves a little more planning, and some travelling. There are so many beautiful destinations around Stellenbosch so get some friends together and plan a little day trip. Whether it’s to the Route 44 market or some delicious food and fabulous clothes, or to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve for a hike to the beautiful waterfall, there really is a lot to do around here. So set aside a day and do a little google search of places nearby that you’d like to visit and go for it!