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Graaff-Reinet • The gem of the Karoo

June 29, 2017
Cool Spots • Graaff-Reinet, Reinet house

Graaff-Reinet Eastern Cape, South Africa Where history and Karoo Hospitality meet. One of the Smart Team’s absolute favourite things to do is travel. Yes, we love experiencing the wonders to be found abroad BUT we also ADORE the vibrant and charming gems of our very own beautiful country, South Africa. At the top of our MUST-see beloved local gems is Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.   Set in a curl of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa and has seen more than two centuries of travellers, adventurers and prospectors…

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Music by Magpie • The magical memory of a song

June 26, 2017
Music by Magpie • The magical memory of a song

Have you ever experienced the feeling of nostalgia while listening to music, when one song floods your mind with a memory of a time and place and the people that shared that moment with you? There have been many studies regarding the brain and it’s connection to music, Psychologists and Neurologists have been documenting the effects for years, however I personally believe that this nostalgic feeling is a kind of magic, and emotional reaction I cannot quite describe in words. Memories stimulated by music often come from a particular times in our lives, and predominantly our youth,  Psychologists have called…

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