Monthly Archives: December 2011

This farm is for the birds

Warning: this is not going to be a happy post! But I guess that’s ok, not every experience we have on this adventure will be pretty, so I apologize in advance for the negativity.

On our previous post, we said goodbye to you from lovely Port St. Johns, on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape.

Umzimvubu River estuary Port St. Johns

From PSJ, we traveled to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal to spend one night before catching the Greyhound bus to Newcastle. It is unfortunate that we gave ourselves such a short timeline to get from Cape Town to Newcastle because we would have really liked to have spent more time along the way. Durban seemed like a vibrant city with a great beach scene and an eclectic mix of cultures- it has the largest Indian population outside of India, which of course means delicious food and markets. We are now especially disappointed since the WWOOFing experience was not what we had hoped and we passed up time in some great spots for it.

So this brings us to our arrival in the small town of Newcastle the following afternoon where we met our host. Continue reading

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Heading East in South Africa

As you read in our previous post, we have made it to South Africa. The change from South America to Africa was a drastic and shocking change in every way. Overnight we arrived on a continent that our friends, family, and ourselves know little about and have limited experience in. It is a continent that arguably holds more beauty than anywhere else in the world, yet has the most suffering and devastation in its past and present. Nature has more freedom here than anywhere else, yet it’s people have been the most oppressed throughout history. The natives can be the warmest and friendliest in the world, yet are the poorest in almost every way. We can already tell that our trip through Africa will be none like any other we have experienced in our lives, and will be an eye opener like we could not have imagined. As of today, our plan is to travel through South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya. It will be interesting to look back on this blog post to see if that plan holds true. Continue reading

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Goodbye Americas, Hello Africa!

This morning (or afternoon local time) we landed in Cape Town, South Africa and I couldn’t be happier! I first came to South Africa 4 years ago to volunteer at the Vervet Monkey Foundation in the northeast province of the country. I fell in love and have been dreaming of coming back ever since, especially to visit Cape Town about which I had heard so many wonderful things. So it’s quite amazing that 4 years later I am here celebrating my 27th birthday with Nick. We chose this city to once again use our Hilton rewards points, so we’re staying at the Hilton Cape Town City Centre hotel for two nights in an incredible two bedroom suite with a view of the Atlantic ocean and Table Mountain.  Continue reading

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A taste of the good life in Mendoza

Our arrival in beautiful Mendoza started out like any other after an overnight bus: 1) arrive at bus station early in the morning tired and bleary eyed 2) take taxi to hostel 3) sleep on hostel couch until room is ready. This is the typical pattern for us when we take the overnight buses. Luckily for us, the distances in Argentina might be massive but the buses are very nice. Our first bus ride in Argentina we were forced to watch some really bizarre movies about a serial killer in France and a kung fu movie, while others showed movies like Eight Below and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. From kung fu and serial killers to  phony digital penguins…it’s always an adventure in the movie department. We even played bingo on our bus ride from Mendoza to Buenos Aires and Nick won a bottle of chardonnay. Bingo!

winner winner chicken dinner

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