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Into the Wild – Part One

Entrance to Garden Route Game Lodge, Albertinia, South Africa

January 7, 2013:  the day I checked “safari in Africa” off my bucket list. Deciding which game reserve to visit when planning this trip was no easy task.  Jody consulted all the tourist advisory websites, and as you may expect, everyone extolled the virtues of Kruger National Park, with everything else apparently paling in comparison. […]

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Khayelitsha Township, Western Cape

We passed this township many times on our South African trip, as it was located next to the highway we used to reach our safari, winery tours, and so on. All the activities that tourists are supposed to enjoy, encouraged to do, yet which left me feeling ashamed each time this scene whizzed past our […]

Cape sunset

Chapman's Peak, Western Cape, South Africa

   

Desperate times

White rhino mother and daughter

The experiences we had on our safari were so varied and unique that we were hard-pressed to name a favourite.  However, Jody and I both wrote on our feedback form at our lodge that seeing the white rhinos was the highlight for each of us, and it was.  We caught sight of the mother and […]

Boulders Beach Penguins

Boulders Beach entrance

Times have changed. When Jody was last here, part of the attraction of going to see the African penguins at Boulders Beach was the physical interaction with them.  It was possible to walk along the rocky beach where they lived, and even swim in the water with the small birds.  Sounds idyllic, but the reality […]

South Africa

Capetown International Airport

You know that feeling you get when you first land at a foreign airport, and realize with a sigh of deep satisfaction that your vacation has officially begun?  That feeling which gets multiplied by about ten as a Canadian when you’ve gone somewhere warm in winter? Well, multiply THAT feeling by about a thousand, and […]

Apartment view of False Bay and Glencairn, South Africa

  © Allyson Scott

London Calling

Luggage tag from Heathrow to Cape Town

This luggage tag, promising the transit of my bag from Toronto-Heathrow-Cape Town, seemed laughably exotic and surreal, despite the many months of planning.  Were we really going to do this? Our last air travel experience had not gone smoothly…in truth it would have tested the mettle of any seasoned flyer.  A brief Caribbean vacation in […]

Ebony in Winter

Ebony, my 12 year old lab

© Allyson Scott Ebony, my 12-year-old lab

Isobel’s House

Living room and dining room of derelict house

I can show you in images what it looked like, however the smell will be left to your imagination.  The stench of urine, mold, and decay was so strong it became a taste in my mouth. By the time we arrived, her personal effects were long gone.  So, too, were the dozens of cats that […]