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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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  • 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

    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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  • 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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  • November8th

    View from Vindemia Winery. Temecula, California

    Temecula, nestled halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, is a suburb in California’s South Coast. When Justin suggested that we go on a weekend get-away to Temecula, I immediately responded, “What’s in Temecula?!” It was almost like he said that the sky was purple… what an absurd thought! It’s a good thing that neither of us paid much attention to this first reaction, because we would have certainly missed out on a fantastic weekend of some great wine! This is a recount of our experience. Click here to see the complete photo gallery.

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  • November8th

    It’s only fitting that our first Spotlight feature is on the city that we absolutely fell in love with on our first vacation together. Barcelona, located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, is the capital of Spain’s Catalonian region and the second largest city in the country. Originally built as a Roman city and enjoying mild temperatures year-around, Barcelona is a lively city with a rich history and culture.

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