A Tale of Two Countries

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

Maine Life

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

Seasonal work in Bar Harbor, Maine

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

Iceland: a post from the road

“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

Hiking Table Mountain’s Contour Path: Rhodes Memorial to Kirstenbosch

I always feel my healthiest after a long hike. Pumping my legs up and down hills, getting the blood flowing, burning off some of the excess vacation calories, seeing the world from a different angle, simply being outside. My favourite holidays involve hiking, biking or other outdoors activities, hence the name of this website! Whenever … Continue reading Hiking Table Mountain’s Contour Path: Rhodes Memorial to Kirstenbosch

Botswana blog: Days 1-4

The Botswana 4x4 trip has come to an end, and the end of a trip is always bittersweet. This bittersweet is further multiplied when you've spent vacation out of touch with the rest of the world. Yes, you miss your friends, family and pets; you're a bit curious about current events; you might even miss … Continue reading Botswana blog: Days 1-4

20 of my favourite travel quotes

As Ricky and I prepare for our Botswana trip, I've been posting travel quotes daily on my twitter feed. Travel quotes hold a special meaning for me, not least because they provide inspiration. When Ricky proposed to me in June 2016, part of his proposal involved handmade wooden signs on which he had etched quotes … Continue reading 20 of my favourite travel quotes

Hikes: Johannesburg

  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