Africa · Top Tips!

Sunset hike: Lions Head, Cape Town

Continuing this week’s hiking theme (Click here for my post about hiking Table Mountain!), another Cape Town central hike that you shouldn’t visit South Africa without doing, is Lion’s Head. One of South Africa’s most popular hikes Honestly probably about 60% easier than Table Mountain, it’s much more amateur hiker friendly and incredibly popular with… Continue reading Sunset hike: Lions Head, Cape Town

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My 36 hour epic train ride: Johannesburg to Cape Town (Shosholoza Meyl)

After an amazing two months in Johannesburg, it was time to uproot again and continue exploring. Next stop: Cape Town. Why fly when you can train? There are, of course, several flights to and from Cape Town and Joburg every day but instead of taking the easy way (because when do I ever do that?)… Continue reading My 36 hour epic train ride: Johannesburg to Cape Town (Shosholoza Meyl)

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African Penguins! A day trip to Boulders Beach, Simonstown

When people think Africa, they think safari. Lions, leopards, elephants…. And penguins? If you google "Things to do in Cape Town", one of the top hits is always to visit the African penguins that reside on Boulders Beach. Of course, Boulders Beach is actually in Simonstown and not Cape Town at all… But how could… Continue reading African Penguins! A day trip to Boulders Beach, Simonstown

Canada · Weekend Guides

A weekend in: Victoria, Vancouver Island

I was told several times “it never snows in Victoria, even in December you won’t need snow boots” so I wore my converse for the entire weekend and ended up with very wet, cold, SNOWY feet! But the weekend was worth every minorly frost bitten toe: When I first arrived in Canada I didn’t really… Continue reading A weekend in: Victoria, Vancouver Island

Canada · The Cowgirl Diaries

The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl vaults and discovers Maple Snow (Kelowna and the Ookanagan)

My final ranch was a curly horse breeding, training and lesson ranch. I mentioned curly horses in my Calgary Stampede post and really enjoyed learning more about this fascinating breed! Curly horses are bred with a special fur that is hypoallergenic meaning that people who are usually allergic to horses can be around curlies with… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl vaults and discovers Maple Snow (Kelowna and the Ookanagan)

The Cowgirl Diaries

The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl’s first (and second and third) rodeo

As luck, coincidence, or fate would have it, my plans in Canada coincided perfectly with the Calgary Stampede (the world’s biggest rodeo for prize money) so there’s no way a wannabe-cowgirl could miss this opportunity! My original plans were for two days in the city of Calgary and two days on the stampede grounds but… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl’s first (and second and third) rodeo