• Silvermine: Table Mountain National Park

    There are so many gorgeous places to hike in Cape Town. Last Friday morning while Rob was at work, a few friends and I hiked the Noordhoek Peak Circuit in an area called Silvermine. Silvermine is part of Table Mountain National Park. There is a¬†reservoir right at the start of…

  • Rainbow, Cape Town, South Africa

    Rain & Rainbows

    The Western Cape is currently experiencing a serious drought. One of the worst droughts in decades. The city approved level 4b¬†water restrictions, which began¬†July 1. Insufficient rainfall and falling water levels in the dams ¬†have brought on water crisis. The seasons in South Africa are opposite from the US, so…

  • Tamboerskloof Primary School, Cape Town, CBD, South Africa

    Volunteering in Cape Town

    After working full time for the last 9 years of my life, I quit my job when we moved to South Africa. Not having a full time job has been incredibly wonderful in so many ways, but it has had its challenges as well. A few months after we got…

  • The Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt

    Egyptian Fourth of July!

    Oh me Oh my! We truly had no idea what this year had in store for us when we boarded a plane to South Africa in January. Egypt had been on our list for quite some time, but we never imagined that this year would be the year we would…

  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Dubai in July?!?

    We went to Dubai! I can hardly believe it!¬†Dubai is a place people dream of visiting, at least it was for me! It really¬†didn’t seem real, even as we were en route and receiving regular updates about our arrival time in Dubai. As we flew in, the air looked really…

  • The Burj Khalifa Changed My Life

    I can hardly put into words my tender feelings about this architectural masterpiece, the Burj Khalifa. Even saying its name now brings with it special feelings of respect and awe, but my affection for the Burj Khalifa did not happen instantaneously. When I first saw the structure from the tram,…

  • Cape Town Cockroaches

    I can deal with a few spiders here and there, potato bugs don’t bother me, other small bugs aren’t a big deal, but cockroaches, GET OUT!!! Our first two weeks in South Africa we stayed in a little studio flat on the seventh floor of a big apartment building. The…

  • Tortoise Sanctuary, Prison Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania

    GIANTS on Prison Island!

    In April we had to leave South Africa because our 90 day tourist visa was up… pretty good¬†excuse to take a¬†vacation if you ask us! We traveled to a small beautiful island off the East coast of Tanzania called Zanzibar. During our stay¬†in Stone Town, Zanzibar we took a short…

  • Lemon Grass, Spice Farm, Zanzibar, Tanzania

    Stone Town

    Stone Town is Swahili for “Old Town”, which is the name of the largest building on Zanzibar. The narrow streets reminded me a lot of the medinas in Morocco. The narrow streets lined with tall houses provided some much needed shade, but didn’t help so much with the¬†intense humidity —…

  • Paje, Zanzibar, Tanzania

    Sleepy Paje

    I had done some reading about Paje, a little village on the East side of the island, but really had no concept of just how small this village was until we arrived. It was so small, we completely missed it and ended up getting off the bus as soon as…