Peace, Love & Giraffes

Chasing dreams and adventure in South Africa

South African Jokes + my nephew turns 2

I’m back from my little blogger vacation!

I don’t know really how it happened that I was away for so long. I guess it was a combination of things. We had house guests; some golfer friends on the sunshine tour needed a place to stay last week, and it kind of rocked me off of my normal routine of blogging. We actually had quite a few things going on that I could’ve wrote about, but I just wasn’t feeling inspired.

I also have a bit of a personal project that I may or may not mention on the blog at some point, but basically I guess I wasn’t in the mood to blog! Which I felt bad about at first but then I realized #1 it’s not my job #2 if it becomes something I think I should do but don’t really want to do then it’s not something I’m going to do.

Luckily, I woke up this dreary Monday morning eager to get back to Peace Love & Giraffes!  Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to during my hiatus, and what is to come in the next few weeks!

Saw Trevor Noah live at MonteCasino

My husband was ridiculously excited for this. While I can’t say I shared exactly the same enthusiasm, I can say that I did get a lot of his jokes and love how his humor is not on the crude or explicit side. Take a look at some of his videos and you can see a bit of how South African humor is 🙂

Some of our favorite videos:

^^ Love that one because 1. I’ve searched high and low for Mexican food in SA and 2. I’m 100% guilty of saying “napkin”


My nephew’s Birthday Party

My adorable little nephew, Ethan turned 2 this weekend!

Living half-way across the world, it won’t always be easy to get to Ethan’s birthday parties,  so being able to be there for this one was incredibly special for Jono and I. The birthday party was train-themed and Tracey did such a great job picking out train related things and I especially LOVED the cake. Such a simple idea for the kids, no cutting the cake and worrying about plastic silverware and plates.  The kids were all dying to get their hands on one of the cupcakes! Do you see how the train tracks were made out of licorice?


He was such a little busy-body and played so nicely with the other kids. He clearly loved the whole day, especially when he got to blow out his candles!


Started a new book!

On Sunday it was so rainy that we really just wanted to stay in all day long, but somehow we forced ourselves out of the house around lunch time to go grocery shopping. We went to Food Lovers Market, which just so happens to be in the same plaza as a pet shop and a book warehouse. Basically my idea of heaven!

Books are SO expensive here, so learned pretty quickly that I would not be buying to R250 + bestsellers from Exclusive Books, but rather be browsing the flea markets and book warehouses.


This is my recent purchase. I was originally drawn to it by the cute cover, which I hate to admit to choosing a book by its cover, but oh well. Then I noticed the authors name was Ali Harris, which is eerily similar to my bestie Alli Harris! I put it into the GoodReads app just to make sure it didn’t get completely crap reviews and to my delight it got 4+ stars. Sold!

Of course our next stop was the pet shop where I almost bought the sweetest little dappled dachshund puppy. It was shivering, and I just wanted to pick him up and wrap him in a blanket and take him how. I asked it if it wanted to go back to Florida with me and it responded by showing me the sweetest little puppy dog eyes. Sigh. Bless those stumpy little legs! If only it were simple to transport a dog thousands of miles away. The encounter did re-spark mine and Jono’s ongoing debate about getting a puppy.

What’s to come

Meet my two new travel companions for the next two weeks: Emily and Jessica!


They land on Thursday and I can’t wait to see these sweet, crazy, adventurous American friends of mine! We have plans to go to Kruger and Cape Town!  Adventure awaits, girls! Get ready!

So much to look forward to and blog about in the next few weeks!

xo – Nicole

By | March 3rd, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT