Anouk Pappers - CoolBrands - Cape Town

Cape Town – Queen of the skies

This is it! We’re going paragliding today! I have been waiting for this moment for years… We are taking off from Lion’s Head beside Table Mountain, which is also where we meet Stef, who has prepared all the equipment. As there is a good wind we can use the lower take-off point, a gentle downward slope covered by a green net.
Continue reading

CoolBrands Meeting Deola

The Quest for Cool in Nigeria Leads to the Princess of African Fashion

The NextWomen Africa Theme. 

Guest post by Anouk Pappers, brand anthropologist and Co-Founder CoolBrands.

More than 10 years ago I started my quest, the quest for cool. Based on the assumption that there is ‘a need to know and a need to be known’, I travel the world in search for stories worth sharing.
Continue reading

Geneva

Geneva – Crossing the lake

From Vevey we are about to cross Lake Leman, to Geneva. Enjoying a boat trip offers a nice change when you mostly travel by car. At the CGN ticket booth, the next departure is listed for 1.22 pm. With only 11 minutes left, too tight a schedule for a coffee really, that is, if it’s on time! “Let’s wait,” I propose and before we know it, the boat arrives.
Continue reading

Meeting Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal Al Qassimi

Discovering The Ajman Palace – We rented a car at Dubai Airport and instead of driving into town, where the action is, we head up north towards Ajman, in search of a more authentic Emirates experience – a place where you wake up in the morning and immediately know you’re in the Middle East – not like most hotels in Dubai, which have the same interior design as hotels in Paris or New York. Continue reading