Things to Do in Cape Town

“Is that…raw chicken? On the windshield?” We peered closer. When we were making a list of things to do in Cape Town, South Africa, we wanted wine, waves, and wandering. But chicken wings? It was the first day of 2018, we’d just come downstairs in search of breakfast and the beach, and it was, indeed,…

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Discovering the Great Karoo

The Great Karoo—one of South Africa’s 20+ National Parks (and a fine name for an up-and-coming magician)—is located in the middle of what looks like an illustration from one of my brother’s dinosaur encyclopedias. To reach it, we had to drive 7 hours through absolute nothingness, beneath a sky the blazing blue of a neon…

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Christmas at Tava Lingwe

“May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white…” Merry and bright were for certain, but we’d traded a white Christmas in bitterly cold Germany for the equatorial climes of South Africa. We arrived Christmas morning at O.R. Tambo International Airport, where the silver trees bedecked in orange and blue…

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Planning a South Africa and Namibia Road Trip

There comes a point in life in Germany where you start dreaming of someplace well…warmer. Sunnier. Cheerier. I like to joke that a sun-smoked vacation in the middle of winter is my condition for continuing to live in these cold Northern climes, but honestly? It’s no joke. To get our doctor-prescribed vitamin D, we scheduled…

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