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

European Travel

Four days (but only 16 hours of daylight) in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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.

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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)

Canada · The Cowgirl Diaries · Weekend Guides

A weekend in: Whistler, British Columbia (Even if you don’t ski!)

I left my final Cowgirl Diaries ranch 11 days before my flight out of Canada, giving myself enough time to explore a little more of British Columbia and really travel. It was early December and I desperately needed to see snow so, after a short stop back in Vancouver to drop my luggage, I caught… Continue reading A weekend in: Whistler, British Columbia (Even if you don’t ski!)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A cowgirl breaks horses, herds cows and cuddles puppies (Alberta, ranch no.2)

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)

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The Cowgirl Diaries: A Cowgirl hits the mall (West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America!)

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!)