Hiking up Table Mountain seemed like an excellent idea, until we set off up the two-hour long vertical stone staircase…
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)
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
This will be a (relatively) short post, but I think it’s an important part of the Johannesburg post that I will be publishing next. I left for South Africa in January 2017 and everyone I mentioned the trip to was so excited for my plans… until I mentioned that I would be spending the majority… Continue reading Is Johannesburg safe for solo travellers?
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
Upon finishing my Canadian cowgirl adventures, I looked at a map and thought “Hm, Iceland is kind of on the way from Canada to Europe… It makes sense for me to go there.” and so I did. I picked arguably the worst time of year to visit this beautiful, very Northern country. In December there… Continue reading Four days (but only 16 hours of daylight) in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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)
I’ve already written two posts about rodeos so far, but this is the Cowgirl Diaries after all so I figure it can deal with a few more rodeo mentions! With rodeo season almost over, I jumped at the chance to attend a much smaller and more authentic rodeo than the Calgary Stampede. The Medicine Lodge… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl learns to two-step (Medicine Lodge Rodeo)
This ranch was a quarter horse breeding ranch, which gave me an opportunity I hadn’t had before: Working with and training green and unbroken horses. Round Penning Firstly I was given a three year old gelding, called Chief, to work with and was taught all the fundamentals of round penning. Round penning is a training… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl breaks horses, herds cows and cuddles puppies (Alberta, ranch no.2)
So after a month of trail riding and moving rocks in the Rockies, myself and my fellow Workawayer headed from the country into the city. My first ranch was about four hours from Edmonton (that’s basically next door by Canadian distances) and one of our friends from the ranch gave us a ride into the… Continue reading The Cowgirl Diaries: A Cowgirl hits the mall (West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America!)