Hello lovers! I am back from a fantastic vacation in South Africa!
Thank you again to Michelle, Karen, Alex and Alicia for guest posting last week! I had no access to tv, let alone the internet, but I wanted to say my heart goes out to Boston. We didn’t even hear about what happened till two days after when a fellow lodge guest told us- lucky suckers had a tablet and were
not cheap like us able to get spotty internet access. When these things happen I just want to scream “ENOUGH.” But we are UNITED and I have faith in our love for one another to get us through this tragedy.
Back to the trip! It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget, and I am so happy my best girlfriend S was with me- she is always patient and helps me with my flying fears and I could not have gotten through essentially 6 flights without her!
We landed after an 18 hour flight in Johannesburg around 5pm- just enough time to quickly check into City Lodge OR Tambo– conveniently connected to the airport!- and rushed in a cab to Crossfit Urban Shack! I emailed them a few weeks back looking to join a WOD, or at least to trade shirts from my box.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time for a WOD, but I did exchange shirts and got a pic with the owner and one of the coaches!
We hit the sack soon after dinner as we had an early local flight to Nelspruit- a city about an hour drive from our game lodge and final destination. We woke to this amazing sunrise!
A yucky airport snack and quick 45 min flight and we arrived at the (teeny tiny) Nelspruit airport.
Another hour+ drive and we finally made it to our ‘hotel’:
After the sun set and it started to get chilly, we headed back to the lodge for Boma dinner!
We experienced some less-than-stellar dinners while we were there, mainly because both S and I are not red meat eaters and the rest of the world is. Lamb and beef made frequent appearances. Thank goodness for emergency protein bar snacks! Well, and this beauty right here:
Malva pudding! This is a classic South African dessert I could eat for every meal, of every day, of the rest of my life. I nearly licked the plate but didn’t want to leave a bad impression of us Yanks 🙂 I actually recreated this last weekend for my family and they loved it! Don’t worry, I’ll be posting the recipe later this week 🙂
We ended our first night snuggling with some ants in our bed before passing out. Thankfully the little buggers were dead but it was a bit unnerving. We simply told ourselves we were in the African Bush and roughin’ it. We survived 🙂
The next day we woke up WAY before dawn for our first game drive…and you wont believe what we saw on our first day!
But you’ll have to wait for Part 2 to find out!
This trip was definitely Marvelous, as was my weekend catching up and relaxing with my bf and family. Hope everyone had a marvelous weekend! Head on over to Katie’s blog to link up your MIMM post!
Question: Ever been to Africa? Or go on Safari/game drives? What did you do this weekend?