Table Mountain

  I’m on top of the world! Those few words explain the feeling of reaching the top of Table Mountain. Now don’t think I’m all tough and hiked the entire mountain, because to be honest I just took the cable car (a small price to pay for saving loads of time). The “aerial cableway” can take as many as 65 people at a time and has rotating floors – so if…

Into The “Wild”

Yesterday I had the incredible opportunity to visit Kwantu Elephant Sanctuary, which is part of the larger game reserve, about 30 minutes outside of Grahamstown, South Africa. The reserve is home to 21 elephants (or 5 – the website said 5, but our tour guide said 21) who have almost 15,000 acres of land to spread out on, along with many other animals. Despite the terrain remaining true to what their usual habitat…

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Exploring Grahamstown & Rhodes University

Grahamstown is composed a few main streets flaunting several mouth-watering restaurants and bumpin’ pubs. It’s a college town so although during the day the streets are filled with locals doing their shopping and selling items on the street, at night it is much of a party town especially on Fridays. For some reason, which is unbeknownst to me, Wednesdays (but not Saturdays) are also a huge party night. Getting to know…

First Impressions of Grahamstown

  Grahamstown, South Africa is what students call a “bubble” – drastically different from the rest of South Africa and more like a Western college town than anything else. But go a couple blocks away from the main town center and you’ll see the deep disparities between the so-called haves and have-nots. I learned this while getting lost – classic Emma. I also learned that just because most people speak…

Earth Day Post – Tanzania’s National Parks

Making your way to Tanzania’s National Parks like the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire is a journey filled with carsickness and dust that clings to your pores like a green tea face mask. It’s a dirty and long adventure, but the end result is nature that has been (mostly) unaffected by technology and pollution, one that looks more like a dream than real life. Six hours worth of hang-banging, gut-wrenching unpaved and unmanaged…

Rainy Day in DC

I hate the rain. Especially when I have to travel in it and even more when I have to drive over the terrifyingly high and narrow bay bridge during a storm. But I’ve got to say there’s something to say about DC in the rain. It looks majestic and the glamorous government building glimmer in the rain. Raindrops dance down the outside of windows the size of my house. It’s…

Toronto In A Day

I went to Niagara Falls for what my boyfriend and I hoped would be a romantic weekend – turns out we hated everything about Niagara Falls, except the beautiful falls itself. To escape the commercial sentiment of the most artificial city I have every seen we headed Northeast to Toronto. Seeing Toronto in one day is a challenge. It’s a huge city, that has spread out into the far reaching…

Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden is in the middle of nowhere South Carolina in a small town called Bishopville in Pearl’s lawn (as well as the local Waffle House). It took Pearl almost three decades to complete his masterpiece, which now draws tourists from all over. Every morning he is still hacking away at his beautiful topiaries transforming them into his own form of art. I went and saw his garden for…