To this day, Cape Town remains my favorite city in the world. Every time I stood majestic atop one of the hundreds of hikes the area offered, I just thought to myself how this couldn’t possibly be a real place. The violent waves battered the coastline repeatedly, the cause for an unsurprising amount of shipwrecks throughout the city’s controversial past. The awe-inspiring ocean was outdone only by the peaks that towered above the city.
91 Loop served as my home base for one week out of my nearly month and a half spent in Cape Town. It had by far the best location, right in the heart of the city. For a week, I captured the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, and the hustle and bustle within 91 Loop, which almost felt like a microcosm of Cape Town itself in some ways. Diverse cultures, languages, and backgrounds all mingling under one roof with the aim of enjoying life. Rather than focus on the beautiful property alone, I hoped to capture the going-ons of hostel life at its fullest. Many of those who stay at hostels end up walking away with more than just a place to sleep. Hosting a slew of events, 91 Loop provided a spicy variety of activities where I often found myself forgetting to even take pictures. Wine tastings and concerts were a stark contrast to the chill coffee-shop vibes during the day. There was always something going on, which makes photography a breeze.