I can’t tell you how long it’s been since we’ve been on a date night! It seems ridiculous right, because that’s kind of what my blog is about but that’s exactly why I do it and what my blog is about. Because I’m there with you. I know the struggle. The daily grind. The busyness of being married, having kids, trying to find time for the two of you. We’re already in May and it feels like we’ve only been out a handful of times. Yes, there’s always legitimate reasons for it; no babysitters, financial constraints, sickness, tiredness and they’re all totally valid, yet I find ourselves starting to fall back into the pattern of the weeks going by and no effort being made to spend proper time together. And I can feel its effects. On us and on me.
Date nights are about the two of you getting out together and spending quality time together but it’s more than that. If you’re parents, it’s also about getting out, feeling alive, remembering that there’s a world out there besides your home, kids, school and work. It’s about having fun, relaxing and just enjoying being together as you once were. Having a conversation without little people interrupting, holding hands without being pulled away in another direction, connecting without the distractions of every day life at home. I don’t know about you but I need this in my life. I need that expansion when my life can start to feel contracted and limited. I need that break in routine to revive, reenergise and refill me. And so does our relationship.
So, last week we decided to go to Museum Night Cape Town 2017. Museum Night is about ‘exploring the museums of central Cape Town in a new light, after dark.’ We got there a bit later than anticipated so we only got to see a few museums but it was so worth it. Having never experienced the Gardens at night time, it gave a little bit of an extra thrill to the evening and of experiencing something new. The Gardens, in the day, are lovely, but at night time one’s focus turns away from the Gardens themselves and turns more towards the intimate and romantic feel they emanate. While there were quite a lot of people, it still retained a sense of calm and quiet which I really loved.
For something to eat, we could choose from the plentitude of food trucks on offer. We had actually intended on eating at Sexy Foods on Bree Street but they were unfortunately closed. With me being gluten, dairy and sugar free and my husband being gluten free and vegetarian I was a bit worried that this was going to be rather troublesome to find something to eat and we were both pretty starving by this point. Luckily though, it turned out to be rather painless as we found a food truck, Durban’s Finest Curries, who could accommodate us both. We sat on a bench, surrounded by leaves at our feet and trees above our heads, a lamp post on our side on an absolutely still and warm evening and ate our curries…perfection in that moment right there 🙂
We visited the Cape Town Gallery, the SA Jewish Museum and the Holocaust Museum. While we ended on a slightly sombre note after visiting the Holocaust Museum it is an absolute must for everyone to visit. I could actually write a whole blog post on our experience there but will perhaps leave that for another time. The Cape Town Gallery had some beautiful works on exhibition and was really worthwhile as well. Upon entering, you could pick up a ‘treasure map’ where you had to spot certain pieces along the way. It made it more interesting and something fun to try do together.
All in all, a really great date night out. When Museum Night comes around again, I highly recommend you go. It felt so good to be out, to walk through the streets at night hand in hand and to experience something new together. It was a good reminder, as it always is, on why I do what I do with my blog and the value that date nights give to us.
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