Table Mountain 2016

Table Mountain… I count myself among the lucky few who have had the amazing opportunity to travel the world at such a young age. I hope that if  you feel like you never get to experience adventures, you’ll be inspired as I share my Table Mountain experience.

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What a beautiful day it was! The sun was shining, and there was hardly any wind. A tip for if you ever want to head up Table Mountain, don’t plan to go when it’s windy! The reason is that when it’s windy it’s not very nice up on the mountain as you’re constantly getting buffeted by gusts of air, and secondly, the cable car will be shut down if the wind is too strong . If the cable car isn’t running, there’s almost no point in going up anyway as any wind down at the bottom will be much worse once you’re at the top. We had a cool breeze when we went up, but nothing too intense, making for a really nice day.

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The cable car itself was an experience because once you start heading up, the floor will rotate, making sure that everyone gets a decent view. So be sure to get on the outside! That way, when you start moving, every time you get to an open window, you have the best chance to get a shot of the incredible view (not that pictures do it justice though).

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Once you get up there, it’s simply amazing! Because the mountain is so big, the top isn’t crowded with tourists meaning you aren’t pressed by a throng of people and you can walk in any direction you like. As soon as you look out over the city of Cape Town, there is absolutely no doubt or wonder how Table Mountain is a famous tourist destination. It is outstanding, and it’s not overly developed either. The Mountain’s natural beauty is able to shine! Aside from a gift shop and a cafe, there are endless empty miles with beautiful rocks and lovely wildlife. Look how cute!

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After hiking around a bit and having a bite to eat, we stuck around to watch the sunset. Although it was decidedly chilly, it was so worth it to see views like this!


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There’s something so magical about watching a city during the night with all the little twinkling lights… I find it so beautiful. It always gives you time to think. You know that every light down there represents a home and that the world can be both big and small at times. Being able to experience wonders like this are things that I want to be able to remember. So many of us forget about the incredible things we’ve been able to be a part of as time goes on. We feel sorry for ourselves because we don’t think anything ever happens to us, when really, we have a chest full of good vibes that we sweep to the back of our minds in order to not interfere with our routine of self-pity. This is my gentle reminder to you that you’re amazing, in case you were beginning to think otherwise.

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What an incredible experience. At times, I love my life, and at other times, it doesn’t seem as amazing, as I’m sure is normal for most people (please tell me I’m right, ahh!), but it’s experiences such as these that I look back on and reap happiness from. Sometimes, a memory is all you need to keep you going, and I can’t wait to make more of them! Who’s with me?

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Game Park Drives

Let me start off by saying hey! *virtual wave* This is my first ever solo blog post, so please bear with me and enjoy…

Sometimes in life, things get hectic, and everyone experiences those moments of busyness when you just feel like you never have time to get anything done. I recently went through a stage in my life that looked something like this, which is why it’s taken me so long to get this post up. My situation is pretty unique to what others may have experienced in their life. I suppose you could say a Canadian family living in South Africa isn’t exactly the norm. Just these past two weeks my family and I have been packing up our lives in South Africa to do 5 months of touring North America. We’ll be in Florida, Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia. I have to say it’s exciting, but not without its stresses.

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For Easter Sunday, I drove up to a game park with my family and looking back at it now it occurred to me that if my family had not moved to South Africa, I probably wouldn’t have been to a game park ever in my life, let alone several times before the age of 16. Wow, what a thought!

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Now we’re on the road, and flip, the trip is not short getting from one side of the world to the other. It doesn’t matter how many travel blogs you read or how many little travel trinkets you have, you can’t get around sitting on a plane for 10+ hours when you’re trekking as far as I did. I was miserable on the first 10hr flight, and having a bad head cold and an extremely sore throat didn’t help much at all.

But I made it, and Florida is keeping me comfortable as the weather here is almost the same as the weather we left, and absolutely stunning!

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Being in Florida is so inspiring, and if you know me, you’ll know I like self-expression whether it be art, writing, fashion etc. So when it comes to styling clothes, I enjoy making them suit me. I think for this outfit the star of the show is the top with the beautiful frilled front and the buttoned up back. It may surprise you that I bought it for almost nothing. It was a thrift item that I picked up at the local second-hand store, and it seemed to go perfectly with a skirt I had also got second-hand.

I then threw on my Keen® brown sandals, chucked my hair in a bun, and that was my easter outfit done.

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It just goes to show you that you don’t need lots of money to express yourself, often the materials are already at your fingertips. You don’t need expensive paints to create art, you don’t need a powerful computer to write a story, and you don’t need designer grade clothes to be considered stylish.

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I’ll be posting much more in upcoming weeks about my various travels, so please stay tuned, and I hope you enjoyed my little intro post.