Tomorrow, we fly to Australia! Before we embark on our next, great adventure, I still have a few highlights from our trip to Cape Town to share. Continue reading “Cape Town Highlights”
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”
We have been off the grid for the last few weeks on a Zimbabwean safari with Spencer’s parents and siblings. It was a trip of a lifetime, and I am so excited to share it all. The adventure started at the seventh natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls.
Spencer’s parents and sister are visiting, so we are trying to show them as much of Joburg as we possibly can in a few days. In doing so, we discovered just how eclectic and diverse this place is. It was, as my Father-in-law described it, an urban adventure.
Today is Freedom day in South Africa, commemorating 22 years since the first democratic election was held here, marking the official end of institutionalized colonialism and apartheid in the country. This weekend, we got a glimpse at both South Africa’s dark past and bright future at Constitution Hill.
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.
Joburg is full of surprises. Surprise lightning storms, surprise pot holes, surprise power outages. But mostly good surprises, like a pop-up restaurant based around the concept of a Scottish Whisky, housed in a old mining warehouse that has been converted into a hip market in a forgotten, industrial corner of the city.
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.
Ok folks, back to South Africa!
Johannesburg is a HUGE city. We have barely explored even a tiny bit of it, having seen some of the downtown and lots of the northern suburbs. But the vast majority of the population lives in townships on the outskirts of the city.
I 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.