On the road, again.

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Sorry for the lack of updates, folks! We have been driving across Namibia having loads of adventures. So far we have camped in the desert under the stars, seen a ghost town being swallowed by the dunes, and dipped our toes in the Atlantic alongside a flock of flamingos. Three days to go, and then I’ll be back on here with the full story.

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What to do in Joburg with Small Children

One of the best things about being an aunt (and presumably a parent, too) is that it gives you an excuse to indulge in all the kiddy things that adults on their own don’t usually find themselves doing. When my two-year old nephew was here last week, we got to swing on swings, ride on a see-saws, and do all kinds of other fun stuff that we hadn’t done in years.

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Golden Gate Highlands and the Drakensberg Mountains

Driving into the gates of Golden Gate Highlands National Park, visitors are greeted by towering sandstone sentinels, standing guard over the waving golden grasses of the plains below. The park, situated in the Free State and butting up against the border with Lesotho, runs through a valley surrounded on both sides by giant, waving cliff faces, painted in hues of yellow, purple, gold and gray by years of erosion and exposure. The landscape is unexpected and breathtaking, and easily one of the most beautiful places I have seen on this earth.

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Cradle of Humankind

Just a short drive outside of Johannesburg, unassuming tracts of farmland and rolling hills hide the scientific garden of eden.  Here, an area of just 180-square miles has produced some of the oldest hominid fossils ever found. More than 40% of human ancestor fossils found in the world have been unearthed here, and they have provided vital clues in piecing together the story of where humans came from. It was from this sites that science was able to determine that all of humanity came to be in Africa. The scientific discoveries made here, some as old as 3.5 million years, and the discoveries that continue to be made in the area, are why Cradle of Humankind is included as part of one of South Africa’s eight UNESCO world heritage sites.

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Lesedi Cultural Village

Spending a year in Johannesburg makes us not-quite-locals and not-quite-tourists. We have been spending a lot of our time in the city trying to get a real feel for the place, finding hidden gems and our favorite spots. But when visitors come to town, we get to do all the real tourist stuff, like visit a lion park and ride around on the red tour bus. This is also how we ended up booking a night’s stay at the Lesedi Cultural Village.

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Toddlers on a Plane

Sorry for the brief hiatus. Spencer and I have been bunkered down for the last week working hard, and haven’t done anything worth sharing. At the same time, my sister Rebecca was gearing up to make a 15 hour transatlantic flight with her two year-old son. She is very brave. They both arrived last night, tired but happy. Here is her own wise advice for surviving such a ordeal with sanity intact.

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