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Let me be your guide.. Cape Town, South Africa

Planning to visit Cape, Town South Africa? Let me be your guide through this amazing place. We set on a mission to see Cape Town in all it’s glory, poorest of areas to the richest. We wanted to experience it all.

So what is it to do in Cape Town? The first piece of advise I would give you is wait to book any excursions until you arrive as you can get better deals there. We purchased the premium pass which gave us access to the CitySightSeeing Cape Town hop on and hop off buses and which included several attractions. Well worth the $250 USD. This can be purchased at the V&A Waterfront, everything happens on the Waterfront.

First stop was conquering Table Mountain. Although you can hike Table Mountain, due to the amount of time and heat we decided to take the cable car to the top.

Fun Fact: Table Mountain is one of the new 7 wonders of nature.

I mean the quickest way down is to jump off the side of the mountain, right? Right! We decided to jump off of Signal Hill, paragliding. If you are there it’s a must you experience this. Earl with Fly Cape Town jumped with me and he was amazing! The video and pictures were included in the price.

Next up, the Scratch Patch. I was really excited to visit here. It an open area full of stones. You pay by the bag and you are allowed to pick out unique stones that speak to you or your experiences.

Boulder Beach was next on the list to see the Penguins. Boulder Beach honestly for me wasn’t worth it. You can only view the penguins from a distance, you are not able to interact with them.

Sea Point is full of great spots to eat and a beautiful beach! On the beach you will find a lot of the people from the Townships using their talents to make money for their families. We spent our time here eating and relaxing.

Who knew South Africa was known for their Vineyards? Although I don’t drink, nor did I sample the wine, it was a very interesting tour and so many great things to see and learn. Groot Constantia was first, then we visited Eagle’s Nest.

Bo-Kaap was different to say the least and didn’t really live up to the pictures I saw online, lol. It was a neighborhood of colorful houses, that’s it. The museum was a local artist paintings, not much to it.

Kirstenbosch surprisingly was one of my favorite areas to visit. The views were picturesque and there was information on each of the flowers to learn about their benefits.

Haut Bay was the MOST beautiful place in Cape Town. The water, the mountains, the atmosphere. It was breathtaking and the best way to unwind after such a busy day. Best beach to visit.

Aquilla Safari was the most anticipated excursion we planned. However, I would suggest to wait to book when you get there. We booked online prior and could have saved $200. I would not recommend staying on the reserve as the Safari can be done in 1 day.

I would recommend visiting all the museums such as South African Museum and visiting Robben Island (the jail where Nelson Mandela imprisoned).

There is no possible way I could have posted all the amazing pictures and the experiences while there. It is truly a place you must visit. Take your time to explore and really dive into the culture. Check out my blog on Imizamo Yethu, it is the true identity of South Africa and why Nelson Mandela fought so hard.

Thank you for taking this journey with me! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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32 Lessons from 32 Years of Living

32 years old, wow! I am 32! I remember being a kid and my mom being this age and thinking my mom was old. The journey to 32 has been full of many ups and downs. At 32, everyone around me is either married, engaged, pregnant, or has kids. Then there is me… the aunt of 4 that finds peace in traveling the world, photography, and fitness.

31 and 32 presented some of the most uncomfortable growing pains I ever experienced. During this time I learned so much about myself and life. As this year draws to an end and 33 staring me in my face, I am focusing on loving, expanding, and sharing.

  1. Learn to love the journey
  2. Do what makes you happy
  3. Think before you speak or react
  4. Happiness is a state of mind
  5. Allow love to find you, don’t run!
  6. Be spontaneous
  7. Buy the ticket, the dress, the shoes, etc
  8. Protect your peace; at all cost
  9. Don’t compare yourself to other; especially on social media
  10. Live authentically
  11. Ask questions
  12. Eat right
  13. Stay positive
  14. Keep in touch with family and friends
  15. Find a way to stay active
  16. Express your emotions
  17. Invest in your dreams
  18. Pursue your passions
  19. Learn to listen, even when it hurts
  20. Let go of the past
  21. Live below your means
  22. Failure is good
  23. Your aren’t always right
  24. Change is scary, but good
  25. Gratitude is the key to happiness
  26. Self honesty is freedom
  27. Worry is worthless
  28. Your gut is always right
  29. Money doesn’t buy happiness
  30. Don’t take yourself too seriously
  31. Be present
  32. It is NEVER too late! Whatever you desire to do in life, do it now.