Who is Dan Carter?
That really famous All Blacks fly-half? Afraid not (I get that a lot). I guess first and foremost I’m a brother and a believer. I have so much faith that our strength, determination and will is enough to get us to where we want to be. I also happen to be a blogger and photographer which has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and adventures that life has to offer.
What is your best childhood memory?
It was a few days before Christmas and I was standing in the middle of field somewhere in Belgium. My feet were as numb as a rock from the bitter, icy wind and I hadn’t felt my hands in a few hours. My sister was competing for England in a Cross-Country race when the snow began to pour down. I remember screaming and chasing her down to the finish line, my eyes welling up with pride as she took gold. We spent the afternoon eating waffles and drinking endless amounts of hot chocolate which bought life back into my hands. That day meant everything to me and still does.
If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
I don’t have regrets as such. I think everything that we’ve done has led us to where we are now. There’s usually a blessing in the curse somewhere, it just takes a bit of finding sometimes. One thing I’d do looking back, is to quit defining myself and what I’m capable of by the limitations and expectations that others place on you. Oh, and follow my gut. Never stray from your gut!
What do you feel most proud of?
I’m not sure I’m proud of anything particularly but I do look back over the past few years and realise how far I’ve come. I’m just grateful that I was able to put aside that fear of failing because that quite literally changed everything for me. After that, I was able to risk everything that I knew, in the hope of something more. I just refuse to accept that we are here to live some mediocre life.
If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why?
This is such a hard one. I suppose I’d keep my notepad because without that I feel totally lost; my camera because capturing moments is such a massive part of what I do now… Would it be terrible of me to say my aeropress as number three? What’s life without coffee, right?
What do you want your tombstone to say?
A faithful brother, who’s strength is mine.
Hamba Kakuhle – Go Well
What is dancarternow.com?
My blog is a collection of travel, fitness and coffee related posts. It’s basically a collection of stories, ideas and recommendations that I’ve discovered on my journey as a blogger. It’s where I can rant and rave and I’m so excited for the direction it’s going. Dancarternow.com is based on the idea that we need to live for now. Time doesn’t wait for anyone, you know?
What’s your favourite kind of coffee?
In the morning, it’s always a double espresso. It’s just that instant kick to start a productive day. I worked as a barista for a year at a cycle cafe called “G!RO”. I’d arrive at some crazy time in the morning when it was still dark and go straight to the grinder. Their espresso blend, ‘giropresso’ was the only thing that bought me to life. These days, I’m all about a really, really good almond flat white. It’s such a hard one to get right because almond milk is so unforgiving and burns so easily. But when it’s good, it’s flipping great.
In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?
What does a perfect day look like?
The perfect day would begin with a sunrise hike somewhere in the Western Cape, followed by a stupidly large breakfast at Jason’s Bakery (Bree Street) sampling every croissant on offer. The day would then be spent exploring and hiking, spending time with family and friends. Perhaps a long run in the afternoon with of course, another coffee stop. Finally, we’d watch the sunset which tends to be accompanied by a casual photoshoot. That’s the life, right? Basically as much time as possible in the outdoors.
Where is your home away from home?
Travel writing has taken me to some unbelievable places but South Africa well and truly stole my heart. Since I landed in Cape Town for the first time back in 2012 I’ve been back and forth every few months. There’s so much beauty: the landscape; the people and the culture. Running Comrades this year with a Cape Town based charity called Unogwaja was the most incredible display of love and togetherness I’ve witnessed, despite the history and ongoing need of repair. I just want to build upon that oneness on a personal level, hence I’ve just started to learn some Xhosa. I’ll always remember a good friend of mine, John Mcinroy using the phrase “Sawubona – I see you, I see your struggle.” And I felt that. I heard it: loud and clear. We live in a generation where we are so busy on our travels trying to ‘find ourselves’ that we don’t truly ‘see’ each other. That needs to change and that change can only begin with ourselves.