• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 Neighbourgoods Market

    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…