• Table Mountain and the tablecloth

    Table Mountain – The Heart of Cape Town

    The first time I saw Table Mountain, I knew right away we would become best friends. It is striking, quite literally the heart of the city. The whole of downtown (the CBD) is built around its base; a city built around the mountain. I absolutely love this incredibly unique feature about Cape…

  • Finding Our New Home in Hartford

    I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic this morning after a conversation we had at dinner last night with the Sister Missionaries. I started looking back at pictures of our home and excursions in South Africa and a stream of emotions, happy and sad came flooding back. I can’t believe we…

  • Platteklip Gorge looking down to the Cape Town City Centre

    Table Mountain National Park: India Venster

    If you know Rob and I, then you know that we love to hike! We met on a backpacking trip, so I would say that’s a no brainer. While in Cape Town, we took every opportunity we could find to explore the many trails/hikes scattered throughout Table Mountain National Park. Rob had done…

  • Silvermine: Table Mountain National Park

    There are so many gorgeous places to hike in Cape Town. Last Friday morning while Rob was at work, a few friends and I hiked the Noordhoek Peak Circuit in an area called Silvermine. Silvermine is part of Table Mountain National Park. There is a reservoir right at the start of…

  • Rainbow, Cape Town, South Africa

    Rain & Rainbows

    The Western Cape is currently experiencing a serious drought. One of the worst droughts in decades. The city approved level 4b water restrictions, which began July 1. Insufficient rainfall and falling water levels in the dams  have brought on water crisis. The seasons in South Africa are opposite from the US, so…

  • Tamboerskloof Primary School, Cape Town, CBD, South Africa

    Volunteering in Cape Town

    After working full time for the last 9 years of my life, I quit my job when we moved to South Africa. Not having a full time job has been incredibly wonderful in so many ways, but it has had its challenges as well. A few months after we got…

  • The Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt

    Egyptian Fourth of July!

    Oh me Oh my! We truly had no idea what this year had in store for us when we boarded a plane to South Africa in January. Egypt had been on our list for quite some time, but we never imagined that this year would be the year we would…

  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Dubai in July?!?

    We went to Dubai! I can hardly believe it! Dubai is a place people dream of visiting, at least it was for me! It really didn’t seem real, even as we were en route and receiving regular updates about our arrival time in Dubai. As we flew in, the air looked really…

  • The Burj Khalifa Changed My Life

    I can hardly put into words my tender feelings about this architectural masterpiece, the Burj Khalifa. Even saying its name now brings with it special feelings of respect and awe, but my affection for the Burj Khalifa did not happen instantaneously. When I first saw the structure from the tram,…

  • Cape Town Cockroaches

    I can deal with a few spiders here and there, potato bugs don’t bother me, other small bugs aren’t a big deal, but cockroaches, GET OUT!!! Our first two weeks in South Africa we stayed in a little studio flat on the seventh floor of a big apartment building. The…