Hello everyone - I have some big news to share! 1. I'm officially a registered guide in two countries. Leopardess in Klaserie in May You probably guessed it, but those countries are South Africa and the United States. The process was a long and challenging one, but was totally worth it. Lovely morning watching wild … Continue reading Exciting news (times two)!
From January to March, I lived a dream. For 60 days I studied wildlife, conservation, track and sign, trailing, bird calls, animal behaviour, etc, all while living in a tent, away from reliable phone reception and internet, under the punishing African sun and nights full of stars. I awoke at 4:30 each morning, went on … Continue reading FGASA Field Guide Course
Work hasn't been easy for this expat living in South Africa. But I'm about to start an exciting new chapter...
As an American living abroad, I often feel I have one foot planted firmly in the United States, one firmly in South Africa. The two places that I call home are so incredibly different, nearly opposites, yet I have fallen in love with them in equal measure. Being an expat in South Africa has its … Continue reading A Tale of Two Countries
In 2017, over 2 million people visited Iceland. The country's population is 330,000. I don't have to do the math to tell you the result: Iceland is overrun with tourism. With so many visitors, it's hard to believe that Iceland still harbours any remote and untouched places. You might think it's impossible to be anywhere … Continue reading Iceland: how to get exclusive access to tourist sites [for free!]
Are you planning a 4x4 adventure through Botswana? Keen to organise an overland trip through some of Southern Africa's most beautiful and wild parks? There are quite a few things to take in mind for a trip like this. Having recently gone through the process, I'd like to share some of my lessons and experiences! … Continue reading Tips for your 4×4 Botswana adventure
There is one redeeming quality in a 24-hour stomach flu: it only last 24 hours. When we awoke on the 14th morning, my husband was finally feeling human again. As you might recall from my last post, he had gotten violently ill the previous night (at 2am) and nearly scared a hippo to death with … Continue reading Botswana blog: days 14-15
When we last left off, after days 10&11, our speedometer failed. To fully explain, we have to go back to day 11 when we left Chobe and the trouble began. The video below was taken on the road from Chobe, before trouble found us: Day 11: Departing Chobe for Maun After our amazing morning of successfully … Continue reading Botswana blog: days 11-13
On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi... On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi. It is the ideal escape, hours from civilisation, across the semi-tropical coastline. Disclaimer: if you dislike finding sand in … Continue reading The importance of spending a week, barefoot, in South African sand
If you're anything like me, you like being outside and experiencing all nature has to offer. I'm never happier than when immersed in nature. I like to hike [and camp] to escape from the 'real world' and to remind myself of the beauty surrounding this city. These hikes are reasonably close to Joburg and well worth … Continue reading Hikes: Johannesburg
Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park Did you know...? Mount Desert Island was formed by glacial movement, which began about 30,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Bar Harbor has just around 5,000 year-round residents, but the neighbouring Acadia National Park sees up to 3 million tourists a year. A single cruise ship docked in … Continue reading Maine Life
So I've left my husband... behind. For two months, to be exact. I've taken a seasonal job working in a shop on Main Street in Bar Harbor, Maine, just next to Acadia National Park - one of the most beautiful parks in the United States. Atop Penobscot Mountain For those of you who know me, … Continue reading Seasonal work in Bar Harbor, Maine
“Summer” is an abstract thought in Iceland. As I write this, the wind is blowing with a chill of five degrees Celsius, just over 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s the fourth of August. I’m looking out over the expanse of the Highlands – the lesser-visited central region of the island – while the wind does … Continue reading Iceland: a post from the road