Peace, Love & Giraffes

Chasing dreams and adventure in South Africa

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Encounters with Elephants – Wildlife Wednesday

At dinner the other night with friends, we were showing off some photos from our Kruger trip when we came across some photos of a baby and momma elephant. Our friend squealed in delight, and I smiled, remembering just how amazing it was to watch that little baby running in between its mom’s massive legs. For this… Read More

Always, Forever

Two years ago was the best day of my life. I stood under a huge ficus tree beneath the Jupiter Lighthouse, and said my vows to the love of my life, my rock, my everything. The day wasn’t without a hitch. It rained before our ceremony, and not just a light drizzle, it poured. The… Read More

Getting Cozy with the Lions

In anticipation of tomorrow’s Vodacom Cup, in which the Golden Lions take on the Griquas, I am recounting my very first Lion’s Rugby game.   It will be forever etched in my mind as the time my girlfriends and I somehow convinced half the Lions team to take photos with us. I’m still not sure how we did it.… Read More

My Current Obsession: Bunny Chow

For me, few things beat a good curry. It is the ultimate comfort food – creamy, warm, savory, sometimes sweet and as spicy as you like. I’ll never forget my first curry experience, it was a Thai Panang curry with chicken at my next-door neighbors house. Growing up, anything oriental was never on the family’s menu. They… Read More

Dear mom,

Thank you. Thank you for being my biggest supporter on this wild adventure in South Africa. For saying “go for it” even though I’m sure you were thinking “are you sure about this?!” For graciously taking care of my fur babies back home and all of the “adult stuff.”  For always being there when I need… Read More

Big News & Hitting the reset button

Well, we have packed our suitcases once again! Our flights are booked and we are preparing to head back to the States the first week of June. (!!!) If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to, you can probably imagine…packing, planning and adjusting to our new temporary home (we are staying with friends in Joburg until… Read More

Things You’ll miss about America while abroad

I happened across this Huffington Post article today: 27 things you’ll miss about America while abroad, which definitely had me chuckling a little bit! Some of these things were SO true and had me shaking my head in agreement, and some were a little off and/or didn’t apply. Here are my favorites from the list and a… Read More

What’s the plan, man?

Pretty much every conversation I’ve had in the last two weeks has centered around two questions. Question 1. When are you heading back to Florida? Question 2. Is Jono still going to pursue his golf? Well, the original plan was to be here in South Africa until the first week or July, which is when… Read More

Wine Not?

Wine. I feel like the day you can truly appreciate wine is the day you become an adult. I started drinking wine when I was 21. A sorority sister informed me that you could fit a whole bottle of wine in a bubba keg and I was sold. Classy, I know. Back then I tended… Read More

An April Fools Wedding

March has come and gone and if I could sum it up in two words I’d say “adventures and adjustments.” In the first part of the month, my two girlfriends Jess and Emily were here for 10 days, which threw life out of whack in the best way way possible. We spent 3 days in Kruger… Read More