I am in South Africa. It is nearly 7 in the morning, local time. Rand is breathing softly in the bed, and outside the winds are so strong, they are shaking our hotel room window.

Yesterday, I went on safari. I giggled, and it startled an elephant.

I’m going to say that again, because it might be one of the greatest sentences of my life: I giggled, and IT STARTLED AN ELEPHANT.

There is a lot going on this week. We’re going to hike and kayak and explore and haggle and shop and eat candy bars that aren’t available in the states. But, sadly, there will not be a lot of blogging going on while I’m here (there will be a few Milwaukee posts going up sporadically, when I have a few moments and an internet connection).

I’m sorry. BUT THERE ARE PENGUINS. I can’t sit in front of my laptop while there are penguins walking around.

I promise, I’ll tell you all about it when I get home. If you can’t wait that long for a fix, I will kindly direct you to the archives. There are three years of posts to meander through, if you haven’t already done so (but be warned: it takes me a few months of blogging before I hit my stride).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go hug a penguin. Not sure if that’s allowed, or what. But I’m gonna do it.

See you next week.

 

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  1. 27. Jan, 2013 / Tamzin Nel:

    YAYYYYY!!! I cannot believe you’re in SA :) Too exciting for me and cannot wait to read your thoughts on our incredible country! I am from JHB but so wish I could be in CPT right now to watch a presentation by the amazing Rand and possibly meet you too! I am a huge fan of your blog and have read every single post you have ever written since stumbling upon everywhereist two years ago (yes, some days at work were very slow at the time and your “Archives” were exactly what I needed.)

    Anyway, ENJOY the penguins they are just the best and if you can take the train to Kalk Bay and eat at a place called “Cape to Cairo” – you will love it! Fish and chips from a tiny little cafe hut in Hout Bay are delicious and so traditional and perfect with a trip out on the ferry to see the seals available there too. I am sure you already have all the usuals on your list: Robben Island, cable car up Table Mountain, the Waterfront (pretentious and expensive food at the restaurants but still a must see). Cafe Royale in Long Street makes the best burgers in the entire world (a booking is a must) a big statement I know but you will definitely not regret it! http://www.royaleeatery.com/

    Wine farms in Stellenbosch and Paarl are incredible but not too sure if you will have time for all of that as that is usually a day long (inebriated) trip :)

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  2. 27. Jan, 2013 / Tamzin Nel:

    And that is just Cape Town. You have to come back soon and visit the Kruger Park and Johannesburg and Pretoria too. Everything is beautiful. Everything is vibrant. Everything is awesome. Everyone is friendly.

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  3. 28. Jan, 2013 / Maritza:

    So glad to hear you’re having such a fabulous time in SA :) Now I can’ wait to read all about it! CT can get windy, but it seems the weather is going to be great this week – have fun!

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  4. 28. Jan, 2013 / Sara:

    Cannot wait to see what stories and photos you guys will have after this trip! ENJOY! :-)

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  5. 28. Jan, 2013 / Lizzie:

    The currency there is the rand. You’ve got it made!

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  6. 28. Jan, 2013 / Cat:

    This sounds amazing! lol don’t giggle too loud and definitely take time away from the computer if you’re having that much fun! Africa is seriously moving up on my list the more blogs I read. I’d like to go on a horse safari of sorts too.. hmmm…

    Anyways, enjoy :)

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  7. 28. Jan, 2013 / Hannah:

    This post cracks me up. But I’m a little confused about hearing the words “safari” and “penguins” together… lol

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  8. 28. Jan, 2013 / Mike:

    Penguins in South Africa – I learned something new yet again! Maybe you can lure one in with some fish or something. Sounds like an awesome time overall.

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  9. 28. Jan, 2013 / Michael Cottam:

    Have an awesome time, and don’t worry about the lions on safari. As long as you stay in the Land Rover, you’ll be ok, cause dontcha know….lions don’t like canned food :-)

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    Just One Boomer (Suzanne) Reply:

    Good one!

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  10. 28. Jan, 2013 / hopeforheather:

    Umm, you get elephants and penguins – and I get Unemployment Department drama and mouthy high school students.

    Something seems off with this picture….

    :)

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  11. 28. Jan, 2013 / Wil @ Where's Wil:

    Was it a maniacal giggle like an evil genius? Why do the elephants fear you lol

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  12. 28. Jan, 2013 / Shakti:

    I’m so happy and excited that you’re visiting my country. I’m also a little nervous because I really, really want you to have a good time! I wouldn’t know where to start with recommendations (when we visit Cape Town we just go on long drives and stop when we see something beautiful / interesting / exciting). It seems like you’re doing pretty well, though, what with the elephants and the penguins! Enjoy spending your rands :) and have a lovely stay!

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  13. 29. Jan, 2013 / Sylvia:

    A word of advice from a seasoned safari traveler. Do NOT, repeat, NOT get out of the jeep to pee in the bushes. Not even if its a private reserve, not even if the guide says ok. I tried it once and two lions were in them there bushes, just ten yrds from my very exposed rear end!!!

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  14. 29. Jan, 2013 / Sanjana:

    Oh S Africa is AWESOME!!!
    Check out Mama Africa! Ooh, and Stellenbosch wine tours! Oh, and no, you can’t hug the penguins. I tried. :/

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  15. 29. Jan, 2013 / desi Traveler:

    Wow South Africa,,, can’t wait to read about the same…. In the mean time I visit the archives like I have been doing for last few days. Friendly reminder that African elephants are not fit to ride, to ride an Elephant you will need to visit India :)

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  16. 30. Jan, 2013 / Bekah:

    Just found your blog – and you have drawn me in with the mention of penguins! I will definitely be returning as I am now super excited for the pics to come. :)

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  17. 03. Feb, 2013 / U_Kno_Who:

    Ha ha ! Awesome!
    Waiting for the rest of the posts.

    Hug one penguin for me too :)

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  18. 05. Feb, 2013 / Farnoosh:

    Hi fabulous Geraldine, I’m heading to Africa (Kenya & Tanzania) and am just as excited as you are at the sight of those penguins! So cute.
    And I just finished watching Rand’s proposal and your reaction to it (Meron my friend who is about to interview Rand sent it to me). It was just beautiful! :) Hope to cross paths with you someday, and ENJOY your time in S. Africa!

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  19. 08. Feb, 2013 / Jenny:

    I too attempted to cuddle a penguin at Boulders and it didn’t quite work out so I settled for at least being able to touch one. Good luck to you in that.

    I second the person above who suggested Mama Africa. Also, I still dream about the lemon meringue pie at Ganesh in Obz. All of their food is amazing really.

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