Hiking in the Drakensberg

What's the hype with the Drakensberg? The Drakensberg is a section of The Great Escarpment that runs along the eastern border of Lesotho and South Africa. The Draks is a famous part of South Africa's natural beauty and there is even a theory that JRR Tolkien was inspired by the Drakensberg when writing The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (he spent some of his childhood in South Africa near The Great Escarpment).

Where is the Drakensberg?  The Drakensberg borders Lesotho and South Africa and is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Pretoria (depending on which section of the Drakensberg you visit). My dad, boyfriend, and I went to the Northern part of the Drakensberg and stayed in a town called Bergville.

Hiking in the Drakensberg Hiking is the most popular activity in the Drakensberg and with the amazing vistas, untouched natural beauty, and world-renowned hiking trails, it's easy to see why. We hiked in the Amphitheatre, which (according to Wikipedia) is considered one of the m…

Travel Guide // Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico... the U.S. territory that feels a world away.

On my last visit to the States, my family took a quick trip to Puerto Rico and here are some must-see places you should add to your Puerto Rico itinerary.

And obviously, here is a map of Puerto Rico marked with the places we went because I am obsessed with maps.

VIEQUES Vieques is a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico known for its bioluminescent bay, scuba diving, and wild horses that roam the streets and beaches. We spent the most time here and these are some of my favorite Vieques highlights: 1. Ride in a tiny plane from the main island We took a small prop plane from the main island of Puerto Rico to Vieques and it was so cool seeing the island from above.

2. Scuba dive The scuba diving in Vieques was incredible! We dove under Mosquito Pier, and the wildlife was astonishing. Instead of a reef along the ocean floor, this reef was growing up along the concrete pillars of the pier beneath the water so we could zigzag t…

Life Updates: Moving + Travel

I know, I know... I haven't blogged in 6 months. I'll explain why in a little bit, but basically, I'm here and ready to get back on the metaphorical horse.

I have some awesome blog posts planned, but before you see those, I wanted to give you a quick update on where I've been and what I've been doing. So, if you give any f*cks at all, keep reading.

P.S. I realize that this is a slightly long update, so bare with me.

I MOVED TO PORT ELIZABETH! Last I updated you, I was living in Pretoria, about two hours away from my old village, and working as a teacher's assistant at an orphanage. Well, now I live on the southern coast of South Africa in a small city called Port Elizabeth (PE). How did I get here? Basically, in October some crazy sh*t went down at the orphanage and it was shut down. I really, really, really want to tell you guys what happened and go into detail, but until I get the 'all-clear' from everyone involved, I can't. When I do - you'l…