Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photos from Capetown

V&A Waterfront
Well our fist weekend in Capetown.  We ventured down to the Waterfront.  Did some touristy things visited a few shops.  Then we went to the Botanical Gardens at the base of Table Mountain.  It was great to hear all about the history of the gardens themselves how they were put there by the Dutch and that it was a colony originally.

Botanical Canopy

We also went to the Two Oceans Aquarium ( Indian and Atlantic)  saw some pretty cool fish and birds.  Also saw this really cool documentary project about protecting various species of fish from over fishing.  If you eat Sushi you should watch this documentary about these two guys who traveled from South Africa to Japan by boat mostly for 2 years in fishing communities to create awareness.


 We spent the evening with a few of Steph's friends who live on the water.  They had and amazing apartment with a view of the Atlantic and a superb entertaining patio.  We all watched the sunset then had a big braai (bbq).  It was a great evening just chatting with people from lots of different cultures. We had some local languages spoken afrikans  and kosa, the tribal language,  as well as some german peppered in with some english,  it was a great experience to share cultures with all of these people. Just for fun I pulled out the 12th grade Alabama reading test for a good joke and those who read it were really good sports and once I read it people request that I continue to speak in that manner for the rest of the evening.

View From atop Botanical Gardens

 The next day we explored some more and went to Hout Bay and a Winery for some wine tasting. We bought a few 6 bottles from the vineyard for next to nothing , Erin and Steph have been enjoying their wine every night and doing a good job at trying to drink it all this week.

Hout Bay

More to come later.......

Hout Bay Fishing

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Into the Lions Den

Tastes like you had too much Zebra last night !

First real day in Africa.  Well Erin and I were extremely jet lagged and wiped out, but at around 11 we made it out of the house and walked down the road to the Lions Park a little over a mile away.   The Lion park was really cool, and is dedicated to saving Lions from all over the world who are kept as pets.  Check out the link to learn more about the park and what they do   

Ahhhhhhhhh! Its soo Hot.  I was born in the Netherlands, I'm a cold weather Lion.

It was a really hot day (99) the Lions were taking shade to avoid the heat.  Needless to say Erin got a nice sunburn out of our daily activities.

Playing coy!

It was an interesting change of pace seeing Lions in really big plots of land, they are confined but its a whole lot different than being in a Zoo.  Also each lion had his picture up and short bio that explained where he had come from and who his sponsors were.  Did you know you can sponsor a Lion for life for less than $1300 USD.

You saw Lion King.......  Im not that Lion!

Hope you liked the fun photos of the Lions visit the web site if you have a free moment

Roar!!!! Erin sang the Lion King song on our walk to the Park

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Off to Africa

 Well its been over a month since my last blog post.  But what a month it has been.  I have never been more rested in my life, lots of relaxation and a whole lot of family time.  We currently are in Atlanta staying with family and have been having a great time in the south.

Lara and Erin Tailgating

In true southern fashion we shot guns. Daniel showed us his awesome guns and ammo collection ( he is over prepared if Zombies ever attack).  Check out all the cool photos of us shooting shit.
Daniel and I shooting Shit

Well today in about an hour we are off to africa.  Exciting right.  I am a little antsy, 2 parts excited, 1 part nervous, and 7 parts not excited about 20 hours in a small confined little airline seat. Thank God for Ambien.  We will be in South Africa for two weeks working with one of Erin's friend who teaches at an orphanage.  I will be taking lots of photos for the school, which i am really excited about its a cool way for me to help.  Also on Friday I will be going on a Safari. Yes thats right and African Safari!!!  Not to shoot the animals but to photograph, so excited to see Giraffe's in the wild.  Oh yeah.  Well thats all for now hope you enjoyed my redneck photos of guns and ammo.  Stay tuned for photos from Africa!

Holy Shit we Hit the Target!

Watch out Zombies!

She is sooooo Sexy in this Photo!!!  Nice Scarf!