• 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…

  • Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

    Goodbye Nungwi, Hello Paje

    After a perfect night in beautiful Nungwi we debated on foregoing our next destination, Paje, and staying another night. We had already booked our accommodation in Paje and couldn’t cancel without penalty or else we would have stayed. I was sad to leave. Anyone who knows me knows that I…

  • DoubleTree Hilton, Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania

    A Night in Nungwi

    We traveled long and far, over 16 hours and 5 airports, to reach a little island off the East coast of Tanzania! When we arrived at the Zanzibar Airport, the humidity hit us like a soggy heat wave! It was blasting hot. Rob and I were both in pants. The…

  • Sunset Lion's Head, Cape Town, South Africa

    Lion’s Head 

    We love to hike so living just a short 10 minute bus ride from the base of Lion’s Head has been so awesome for us! It only takes us about 2 hours to hike it, so we have made it a priority to hike it at least once or twice…

  • Cocoa Fair Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa

    Cape Town Neighborgood Markets

    Every Saturday there are a variety of markets happening throughout the Western Cape; selling everything from handmade soaps shaped like unicorns to vegan cheesecake. Every market is set up a little different and has its own vibe. We have been to three of them and have loved our experiences at…

  • Parade Cape Town, South Africa

    Cape Town Carnival

    The Cape Town Carnival was phenomenal! The brightly lit floats, the fire breathers, the music, the marching bands, the dancing, the smell of hot dogs and curly fires in the air, everything was so familiar, I felt at home! One of the school bands even played “Under the Sea” from The…

  • Nelson Mandela Prison Cell Robben Island

    Robben Island

    We couldn’t come to South Africa and not visit the famous Robben island! There is a lot of history on the island, which has been designated as a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a short 30 minute boat ride to the…

  • Wedding Photo

    Two Years

    March 14, 2017 Two years ago today I married my best friend for eternity in the Portland Oregon LDS temple. I grew up in a small town about 2 ½ hours southwest of Portland, just 7 miles from the coast, so I knew rain and coastal storms. But that spring…

  • Baboon at Cape of Good Hope

    Baboons on the Cape!

    We had been warned multiple times not to keep food on us and to watch our bags as we exited the bus, as the locals tend to get real frisky if they see something they want! By locals I mean baboons! The way the guide was talking about them, I…

  • Train Cape Town South Africa

    Life in SA

    These are some of the things we have experienced in South Africa so far…our new normal. #truth Everything here is pre-pay: Internet, electricity, cell phones, gas. When you run out of what you’ve paid for, they shut your power off. Our first week here we ran out of power right…