Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Shhhhhhinkansen

Wanna get around Japan quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively?  Get on board the high speed train called the Shinkansen.  We visited 7 places in two weeks and this was the best mode of transportation we could've asked for.  

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

A Night at the Temple

Often when people think of Japan they think of anime and high-tech everything.  What they may not imagine is the quiet spiritual side to this diverse country. In classic Stuff and Places fashion, I wanted to experience it ALL; the big, the small and everything in between.  This led us to Mount Koya, one of the most sacred places for Buddhists in Japan.  

Monday, 28 March 2016

Are there fish in the Fish River Canyon?

Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa, so when I tell you that you'll be blown away by its vastness it's not an exaggeration.  The river flows and then it dries up again, revealing a few drought-resistant plants.  From the observation point it's hard to imagine anything survivng in this arid climate.  The sun is hot and the dirt crumbles under your feet as you head out along the edge of the canyon. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

The Deadvlei


The Deadvlei is probably the most iconic image of Namibia.  You might recognize the photo even if you never knew where it was taken.  Why do tourists flock to look at trees that have long since died?  Because it's haunting and spectacular.    


Monday, 14 March 2016

Robben Island

I will not cry! I will not cry! I will not cry!..... I cried. 


I'm not the most emotionally expressive person you've ever met. To the outside world I often teeter on the side of robot, so imagine my surprise as my eyes began to water and a tear, then two, then too many to count ran down my cheek.  Robben Island moved me like no place had before.  

Monday, 7 March 2016

A Mad Max moment in the Swakopmund desert


I'm a badass.  Well, at least that's what I told myself as I set off to go quad biking on an extremely windy day in the Namib desert where Mad Max was filmed.   I didn't even let the hair net and helmet combo detract from my new found hardcore self image.  Maybe that's why Charlize shaved her head? Hair nets are not flattering or particularly "gangster". 

Monday, 29 February 2016

Muizenburg

It was my last day in Cape Town and the weather was perfect for a little beach getaway, so I hopped in the car with some girls I'd just met at breakfast and off we went to Muizenberg for some surf, sun and sand.  

Monday, 22 February 2016

One step forward and two steps back on Dune 45

Ever look at a giant sand dune and just think, "the view is probably really good from up there?" You're right.  The view is amazing from up there.  You just have to be pacient, because it's going to take you a while to get up there.  So kick off your shoes and get to climbing.  

Monday, 15 February 2016

Norotshama Resort and a Township Tour


I'm going to start things off by stating something that I thought was obvious: Bathrooms should have doors, especially if the toilet is visible from the front door of your room or your bed.  It's an awkward scenario when you're sharing a room.  

Monday, 8 February 2016

Motionball


Like most girls, I think it's fun to get all dressed up for a night on the town.  If I can do that while sticking to my budget for the night and supporting a good cause, why wouldn't I? 

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Come Up To My Room

Saucy... 

Really, it's a lot less vampy than it sounds.  "Come Up to My Room" is the annual art installation exhibit hosted at the Gladstone Hotel, not an illicit invitation.  Get your mind out of the gutter.  Unless you're Jason Momoa, in which case, call me. 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Kirstenbosch Gardens

After spending time with a lot of new friends, diving with sharks, petting cheetahs, hiking up mountains and enjoying too many wine-soaked late nights I was finally ready for a little solitude in the sun, so I headed off to the Kirstenbosch Gardens for some much needed "me time".  


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Street Art in Cape Town


Admiring local street art has become one of my favourite things to do on my travels.  It offers a perspective on local culture and attitude that you can't get in a museum.  But the best street art isn't often in the safest part of town, so in the interest of education and personal safety, I called Juma to take me around Cape Town in an area called Woodstock.