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  • July28th

    Being that my heritage is Romanian, I always enjoy visiting the country since it seems that I am going “home” and I will inevitably learn something about myself with each trip.  Romania has a rich cultural heritage, originating with the Dacians who originally occupied these lands, followed by the Romans who brought a written language, food, and lifestyle, the Ottomans, and, in Transylvania and Banat, where my family is from, the Austro-Hungarians.

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  • November23rd

    Writing amongst the animals. Okavango Delta, Botswana

    As I am sitting here overlooking the Okavango Delta from the lounge of Oddballs, a bittersweet feeling sits with me. I am incredibly appreciative of the opportunity I have had here and at the same time I am sad to leave this peaceful place. During the day, you hear the birds constantly chirping and the occasional plop of a frog into the Delta water. As you walk around, you hear your own footsteps, the wind blowing through the trees and grasses, and the sounds of the animals alerting each other of your presence. You become keenly aware that you are a visitor in their world and that your presence is tolerated as long as you are respectful.

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  • November23rd

    Check out our photo gallery of the Okavango Delta, Botswana!  We saw lots of elephants, giraffe, zebras, impalas and more on our African safari!

  • November23rd

    View from Oddballs Camp. Okavango Delta, Botswana

    When planning our trip to Botswana, I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the challenge of finding accommodations that would be affordable and comfortable. Having never been to Bostwana and planning our visit without a travel agent, it was difficult to gauge how we would enjoy one of the about two dozen camps in the Delta. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Dumela Botswana, a company based out of the Green Pepper Travel Company in South Africa, which provided bookings to a little camp called Oddballs.

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  • November18th

    View from Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa

    South Africa’s second largest city, Cape Town is a city of dualities. Composed of a number of neighborhoods in the Western Cape of South Africa, Cape Town has long represented a hub of European influence in Africa. The Cape of Good Hope was even named after the hope it inspired by opening up trade routes across the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. The city of Cape Town (and our experience in it!) walks the line between civilized and wild, modernizing and conserving, remembering the past without dwelling in it. Cape Town is a city that exists in the in-between.

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  • November18th

    Check out our photo gallery of Cape Town, South Africa!

  • November18th

    Leaving the Cape Winelands left me with two distinct impressions: South Africans are excellent chefs and why oh why don’t we get more South African wines in the US?! Like much of the Western Cape, the wineries of the Cape Winelands exist in a duality: they possess the long history and solidarity of the Europeans while also embracing the wine tasting experience and experimenting with new flavors.

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  • November18th

    Check out our photo gallery of indulging and wine tasting in the South African Winelands!

  • November18th

    The Tarragon

         

    Views of Hout Bay and the sunrise from The Tarragon. Cape Town, South Africa

    Our stay at The Tarragon was, simply, perfect. Nestled in the gated community, Tarragona, against the base of Table Mountain in Hout Bay, The Tarragon is ideally located for those wanting to explore the Cape Peninsula. The grounds are immaculate, equipped with a pool, large braai, picnic areas, and pond that are often visited by the regional birds of Cape Town. While we did not have the opportunity to use the pool as spring was just beginning and the weather was a bit cold, we did enjoy the gorgeous sunrises, sunsets, and city views from the backyard. At night, we were able to enjoy the starlight from our patio.

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  • November8th

    Santa Cruz, Channel Islands, California

    Off the coast of Ventura, California, about 40 minutes north of Los Angeles, lies a small archipelago: The Channel Islands. The five islands of the archipelago were once home to the Chumash and were later cultivated by European settlers for cattle before being returned to the National Park Service as protected land.

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