WHEN IN: Bern, Switzerland with Nkuli

By Ntombenhle Shezi (@NtombenhleShezi)

Originally from Kagiso on the Westrand of Johannesburg, South Africa,  Nkuli Mlangeni describes herself as a loner, traveler, music lover, dreamer, cynical asshole and a dreamer who is always trying to make the most of her time on this planet.

Nkuli In Bern Photo Credit: Jeannie Klockenbring
Nkuli In Bern
Photo Credit: Jeannie Klockenbring

When she is not studying at the Kaospilots School in Bern, Switzerland,  the self-professed mother and daughter finds herself doing all sorts of random things like being a groupie to American artists performing in Switzerland and the surrounding areas. Nkuli Mlangeni shares with us some of her favourite spaces and places in the city where she currently lives.

Where I get my hair done:

I literally just found out about a Congolese woman who doesn’t charge as much as most people do here for black hair. Most salons charge more than 150 CHF for something as simple as cornrows, that’s like R1700…it’s crazy!! Anyway, I need to go find this lady.

The best place to listen to live music:

The Rietschul, because it’s the only ‘not so organized & imperfect’ spot in Bern. It is a little bit dirty, a little bit raw and it has a very anti-Swiss vibe. I think they tried to close it down, in fact they voted to close it down but that did not happen. The Dachstock always has cool shows – Deltron 3030 played there the other day. They also have one floor where they host parties for women only!

The Rietschule Photo Credit: kommunalmagazin.ch
The Rietschule
Photo Credit: kommunalmagazin.ch

How I get around the city:

I use the train and the bus, which are always on time and running all day. The Swiss have one of the best transport systems I think, but it’s not as funky as the taxi’s back home.

My personal favourite spot:

My room is the best spot ever. I have amazing one woman parties and screenings while dreaming & creating.

When visiting Bern, everyone should…

Walk around; it is the best thing to do. It’s a pretty city with a lovely old town, lots of bridges, a flowing river and amazing shoe shops.

downtown
Peninsula in Bern
Photo Credit: www1.unine.ch

One thing I dig about this city is…

What I love the most is that there are no bloggers walking around with cameras, no hipster vibes, no showing off. Everyone minding their business, really modest people.

What I miss the most about South Africa…

The noise, fish and chips with vinegar, my daughter, speaking my language and my people.

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