This is me, hanging out with what I think is one of the coolest animals on the planet, and the inspiration for this blog. My name is Nicole and I started Peace, Love & Giraffes in September 2013 to document my adventure in South Africa for my friends and family in America. They were interested in what life is like here, and I enjoy writing about it! I hope this blog gives you a taste of what it’s like to live in the rainbow nation as an American and maybe inspires you to take a trip here!
I received my Journalism degree in 2010 from the University of Florida. I love to write, take photographs, design websites and travel. This blog is the love child of those passions. You may also see a lot of food, wildlife and some golf. My dad gave me a love of cooking and nature, and unfortunately my hopeless golf swing. My mom gave me her old camera when I took up photography, and although I don’t know who gave me a knack for words, my family has always been 100% supportive in whatever I’ve pursued, and they’ve never pushed me to be anything but myself. Some people wonder what my family think about me being here. The answer is they miss me, but they also know traveling is something I crave. I am also the proud sister of a US Navy sailor, who has been to more countries than I have. Turns out the travel bug runs in the family! Our parents are excited and happy that their children are exploring the world.