Category: Travel

Citrus Season In South Africa + A Recipe

Oranges

It’s Winter in the Southern hemisphere which means citrus season in South Africa. Lemons and oranges are a plenty, and it’s wonderful. If I need lemon juice, I just go outside and pick some lemons off the tree. I don’t have an orange tree, but no worries. The side of the road is dotted with merchants selling bags of oranges for only R15. That’s comes out to only a little over $1. Every week I buy a bag, and every week we have freshly squeezed OJ for our weekend breakfasts. Goodness.

Citrus Merchant

All this citrus takes me back about thirty years. It’s funny how certain things invoke memories in you. My grandmother lived in North Dallas, and we would go and pay her a visit frequently. The best was when that visit also involved a trip to Northpark mall, perhaps because the adults in our company would be like a magnet drawn to its opposite as they strolled over for a treat at the best place ever, Orange Julius.

Orange Julius

I didn’t know what was in the frozen, citrus treat. All I knew at eight years old was that it was delectable, so delectable that it etched a memory in my … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Adventures in our National Parks

Visit America's National Parks

If you’ve never visited one America’s national parks, you have been missing out on all kinds of wonderful things. Really. You should get on it,  pronto. Especially if you have kids; they’ll remember it for a lifetime.  We journeyed up the road to Yellowstone, our nearest national park, last weekend and captured this direct quote from my 8 year old: “Yellowstone is the coolest place on earth!” And he’s been to Disney World, folks.

Yellowstone National Park

We happen to live within a 2 hour drive of 2 of the country’s greatest gems: Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.  And easily within a days drive of at least half a dozen others: Zion, Arches, Mount Ranier, and Glacier to name but a few. I think that each one harbors it’s own very special kind of magic, from red rock desert to bursting geysers and mineral pools, to dense coastal forest, to jagged snow peaked mountains. I’ve fallen in love each time, in each place, over and over again.

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Whether you like to enjoy the scenery from your car, or get up close and personal on a gorgeous hike or canoe trip, or learn fascinating new things from a park … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Stinson Beach

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For my big vacation this summer my family and extended family rented a beach house. When things get a little too fiery and dry in Utah, it’s oh so nice to head to the coast. There is a cozy little beach about an hour north of San Francisco, called “Stinson,” with sand dollars, lemon trees, and low-flying clouds. It’s positively dreamy.

 

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There are rows and rows of houses for rent, each pierced with big windows and protected by little wooden panels, all washed-over with salty air. You can rent a house on the beach, or around the lagoon; I prefer the lagoon. We rent paddle boards and kayaks for early-morning glides in the diamond-shaped inlet. Good times, my friends. The best kind.

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 It sounds too dreamy to be true, and it almost is, but if you don’t mind a windy drive and a bit of summer splurging, then Stinson is a very touchable reality. As John Burroughs said, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order” and Stinson does indeed soothe, heal, and pop my senses back into place. All that Pacific coast air, the sand and the waves…it’s … >> find out more...

elliepeek

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

Celebrating American Independence from Africa

Happy Fourth from Africa

I know most of you readers are gearing up for Independence Day. And I’m thinking of you right now. I love living in a country other than the one I’m from. I’ve made my home in S. Africa even though it’s not the land of my birth. There’s no doubt it has made me a richer person as I’ve navigated cultural blunders and learned that not everyone thinks the way my American brain thinks. What a shock! However, when it comes to certain holidays my American roots go deep, and everything within me has to celebrate. Fourth of July, Independence Day, is one of those holidays.

Independence Day Flags

Until I was an adult, I never realized how big of a deal Fourth of July was to me. My dad was on the local fire department crew, and every year the fire department put on a fireworks show for our little town. The festivities, though, started long before it got dark enough for fireworks. I remember going up to the ballpark mid morning and spending the whole day there playing on the playground, trying my feet at the three legged races, and even participating in watermelon seed spitting just so I could savor … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Making Babies and Eating Curry in Thailand

Making Babies and Eating Curry in Thailand

I got pregnant with my oldest in a bamboo hut in a refugee camp on the borders of Myanmar and Thailand. We were working with Karen refugees that were chased out of Myanmar for their beliefs. Now they resided in a camp managed by the Thai government. We were welcomed there but still had to abide by the rules. One of those rules was lights out at 7 PM. Not much to do in a dark bamboo hut after 7 PM, if you know what I mean. Cue lesson in the birds and the bees. Like a Cabbage Patch Kid, we joke with our oldest that we’re going to get “Made in Thailand” inked on his rear. Nothing puts red on the cheeks faster than telling your child where he was conceived. Parents are, like, so embarrassing.

That was the beginning of our six week trek across Thailand. Newly pregnant, I had nothing to show for it except waves of nausea that crept in at the most inopportune times. Everyone told me the best part about Thailand was the food. They were all liars. Cashew coconut chicken curry turned my stomach like nobody’s business. Comfort food was nowhere to be found. … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

The Positive Side of Load Shedding

My family and I moved to South Africa in 2007. Besides a 2 year hiatus, we’ve held the title of “foreign national” for eight years strong. I’ve learned a lot about myself and the way I’ve tried to make my American culture fit into a land that thinks so differently. Bottom line is, it doesn’t. There are days that I like to think I’ve adapted and changed to this different culture. Then load shedding hits, and it all goes to pot.

Load Shedding

What is load shedding, you may ask?

South Africa does not have enough power to run the country. We won’t get into the reasons of why. In order to compensate, we have regular power outages, usually lasting about two hours and usually in the evening when day has given way to night, and it’s just plain dark outside.

Those are days that I get grumpy. You know why? It’s inconvenient. I have to go all the way to the cabinet to pull out the lanterns. Sometimes it happens while I’m cooking dinner, and I can’t even see what I’m throwing in the pot. So  metimes I forget to charge my phone leaving me unconnected from the world. Gasp. Sometimes … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Planning a Disney World Vacation Part 3

Alright friends. It’s Disney World vacation time. Finally, after months and months of planning.  So. Much. Planning. Nothing left to do but enjoy! It may seem daunting at first, but understanding the special terms and lingo and following a few tips in advance can make all that planning easy-peasy, and totally worthwhile in the end. So here’s some practical info to get you started.

Disney World Planning 3Once you’ve reserved your hotel and made your transportation plans, you’re ready for the nitty gritty details of all that magic you’re going to enjoy. Theme park tickets and park hopper upgrades?  Fast Passes? ADRs? Magic Express? Magic Bands? What?? Don’t freak out! It seems so complicated, but really, it’s just Disney talk for simplifying the whole vacation experience. If you are a compulsive planner, today’s your lucky day. If you fly by the seat of your pants, well, take a few notes to spare yourself a headache later. Let’s break it down, shall we?

Magic Express: This is Disney’s complimentary ground transportation from the airport for guests staying at a Disney resort. It’s reliable, comfortable, gracious, easy and free. If this option applies to your plans, be sure and indicate in your My Disney … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Maui For Families

Maui is my favorite Hawaiian island. Frankly my dear, I would not be opposed to retiring on the island of Maui. I already envision myself at sunset, strolling along the shore with my husband, with the water lapping at our toes. I glance around the area and smile as I see my daughters, with their children enjoying the last rays of the sun. I can feel the warm breeze, and hear the comforting crush of the waves, and I feel at peace.

Maui for familiesWhen I saw that Trip Advisor had named Maui number two in the world, of the top 10 islands for 2015, I was pleased, but not surprised. I raised a shaka sign, and smiled.

In April, our family of four went home to Maui for about ten days. I say home, because as soon as my feet touch the ground in Hawaii, and I breathe in, I’m home. In all our travels, there isn’t another place that has felt like that to me. 

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands, and the third most populated, following O’ahu and the Big Island. For us the Big Island is wild, and arid. O’ahu is busy, >> find out more...

Stephanie Porter

Aloha! I'm a food lover, joyful mother, travel addict, irreverent friend, hip-shaking dancer, car radio-singer, make-out lover, and writer. Love to travel? Join me. Cheers!

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In Transit Is Part Of The Destination

In Transit AirportsOne of my all-time favorite movie scenes is the final three minutes of Love Actually. Do you know the one I’m talking about? It’s where travelers are greeted by family and loved ones as they exit the privy part of the airport that only those with boarding passes can enter. I do have a thing for airports, but I think what draws me to the scene is the value of a tender, excited greeting to the weary traveler. I’ve been on that side many times, a long journey that ends with someone glad to see you. It brings rest to the tired soul.

In Transit Boarding Pass

I recently went on an insanity trip. I live in S. Africa, and I went to the states for a week. To be exact, I was in country for 6 days. Do you know how many days I spent getting there and back? Three…one day to get to Texas, six days in Texas, and two days to get home. Told you I was insane.

In Transit Plane

As I sat in Heathrow Terminal 5, a place that has become all too familiar since living in S. Africa, my eyes happened upon people trying to sleep in uncomfortable plastic chairs, frantic … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

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