Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse Culture Shock

You know what it feels like to come home after two years of travel to a place like California?  Almost like an alternate reality in which you no longer fit.  It feels like visiting a Stepford-type movie set, but its all real life and the "actors" are your friends, family and neighbors.  WOW, they totally have it [...]

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Part II: American Wino in Africa

Part II: American Wino in Africa

As I woke up today for my "American Wino in Africa" Day, Part II, I realized how hard this whole blogging thing really is... First, you have to schedule tours, then you have to drink wine...well you get it.. Hard work. JUST KIDDING! Blogging is the best gig ever, and days like today, well... They make [...]

Part 1: American Wino in Africa (and five South African wineries not to miss)

Part 1: American Wino in Africa (and five South African wineries not to miss)

I'll admit it, I have "wino" in my blood, and sometimes it shows- particularly during my time in South Africa. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love a good wine tasting (or five), but I'm never one to call myself an expert.  Just to share something embarrassing, but telling: I only learned [...]

My Secret to Sanity on Long Flights

My Secret to Sanity on Long Flights

Every time I attempt to convince someone from back home to come visit me in South Africa (or anywhere else I've been the past year and a half), the issue of long, arduous flight times is brought up- and then used as a key reason excuse not to travel.  It's consistently a deterrent for all [...]

A Venti Sized Void in South Africa (According to a California girl)

A Venti Sized Void in South Africa (According to a California girl)

If there's one defining factor amongst all the "basic California girls" back home, it'd be their signature Starbucks cup in hand.  Strolling through town in yoga pants just isn't the same without your daily dose- and sure, it's not the best coffee in the world and guess what?  THEY (we) KNOW THAT! My standards for [...]

Longtime (Home)Coming

Longtime (Home)Coming

You can always go home...but it will cost you. $1,100 (to be exact) and 25 hours of flight time across three continents and, easy!  Just like that, I was back home in the states.  No matter the cost, it was so worth it. Landing at the San Francisco airport after a year and four months [...]