The Garden Route

Last weekend my housemates and I took a trip along the garden route, a famous stretch of coastline on Route 62 between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The garden route is 300 kilometers of beautiful South African mountains, Karoo plains, vineyards, and game reserves littered with lots of little towns and attractions. Views from the… Continue reading The Garden Route

Cape Town Cuisine

Obesity is a well known problem in the U.S. and Americans are often criticized for our processed foods and overeating. Because of that, I had assumed that any other country I visited would serve tiny portions and locals would walk to the local market each morning to pick up fresh, unprocessed food for the day.… Continue reading Cape Town Cuisine

Cape Malay Cooking in Bo Kaap

I had been looking forward to visiting Bo Kaap to see the iconic colorful houses since arriving in Cape Town. Bo Kaap, which translates to “Upper Cape” in Afrikaans, is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill just above the city center. Settled in the 1700s by Dutch colonists, the area is made up of brightly… Continue reading Cape Malay Cooking in Bo Kaap

Rock Climbing at Silvermine

On Friday morning I headed to my job for what I expected to be another normal workday. At about 9AM my boss informed me that he would be leaving to go rock climbing with a visiting supplier at around 10:30, and asked if I would like to join. Determined to be open to lots of… Continue reading Rock Climbing at Silvermine

My Birthday Weekend in Cape Town

Last weekend I decided to celebrate my 22nd birthday South African style! I started by attending a rugby match at Newlands Stadium with my housemates. Surrounded by cheering fans, the Cape Town Stormers defeated the Japanese Sunwolves (probably because they knew it was my birthday). I wasn’t really sure what was going on for most… Continue reading My Birthday Weekend in Cape Town

Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch

A trip to the beautiful wine lands that surround the city is at the top of every well thought out Cape Town to-do list. On Thursday, I was finally able to visit wineries in Stellenbosch and I can confirm that the famous wine lands truly live up to their reputation. The mountain backdrop behind the… Continue reading Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch