A few of My Favorite Things: 44 Stanley

I’ve never been good at picking favorites. I can’t name a favorite movie or book or band or even country. Usually, my favorite is something I haven’t even tried yet, simply for the novelty of it. The same goes for bars and restaurants; I’ve never really had a “local hangout.” Why go to a place you’ve already tried when you can try something new? But lately, I have found myself going back again and again to one place in Johannesburg, and I think that means I do have a favorite hangout here – 44 Stanley. Continue reading “A few of My Favorite Things: 44 Stanley”

Ponta d’Ouro, Mozambique

When you cross the border from South Africa into Southern Mozambique, the roads don’t just get bad. They cease to exist, along with potable tap water, grocery stores, and many of the other modern conveniences that we enjoy in South Africa. So too does the stress and commercialization that comes along with life in a relatively developed country. Instead, you’ll find natural beauty, lovely people, and a slower, more relaxed pace of life.


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Stellenbosch: 2 Days in South African Wine Country


After our exciting train ride from Joburg to Cape Town, we disembarked and headed north for the mountains. This area is called the Bolands, which means ‘up-lands’, and it has just the right climate and soil to be a world-class wine making region. And seeing how I love wine, and Spencer loves mountains, it was the perfect place for us to spend a weekend.

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IMG_4031I had never been to Scandinavia before, so when my good friend Rima invited a group of girls to celebrate her birthday in Stockholm, Sweden this March, I jumped at the chance. I did not go with many expectations, except that it would be cold.  And it was cold, as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit the days we were there.  But I also found the Swedes to be unexpectedly warm, the food delicious, and the city of Stockholm beautiful.

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