The Little Karoo

Cango Wildlife Ranch, Oudtshoorn

Cango Wildlife Ranch, Oudtshoorn

We left Cape Agulhas and headed northeast along the coast for a few hours before turning inland for the last section of the drive.  Our destination was the town of Oudtshoorn.  Located in the the Little Karoo, an arid semi-desert region of South Africa, Oudtshoorn’s claim to fame is as the ostrich capital of the world. Continue reading

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Apartheid 2013

Table Mountain with Cape Town beneath it (as seen from Robben Island)

Table Mountain with Cape Town beneath it (as seen from Robben Island)

After three days of R & R in Zanzibar, Pep’s legs were almost healed and it was time to get back to work traveling the world.  That night we touched down in Cape Town, South Africa.  Cape Town is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Table Mountain on the other.  The natural beauty, however, is somewhat obscured by all of the razor wire and armed guards. Continue reading

Let’s Go Underground

Cappadocia

Cappadocia

It was Thanksgiving.  But just being in Turkey wasn’t good enough for Mandy…she wanted to eat turkey.  The best we could find for Thanksgiving dinner was a few slices of turkey plus a baked potato at our hotel.  [Side note: I hate revealing how far behind our blog is although we will should get caught up eventually, now that my board exams are behind me and we seem to be finding places with internet more regularly]. Continue reading

Lucky Breaks #2

Exploring an ancient Lycian necropolis near Kalekoy

Exploring an ancient Lycian necropolis near Kalekoy

Early the next day, Mandy and I were basking in the morning sunshine as we enjoyed a lazy breakfast on the deck of Hotel Hideaway.  We struck up a friendly conversation with the hotel’s two other guests, Nesta and Brian, a semi-retired couple from Dublin.   Continue reading

Pamukkale

Mandy standing on the white mountainside of Pamukkale

Mandy standing on the white mountainside of Pamukkale

We took the night bus from Istanbul to Pamukkale.  Traveling overnight can be a good way to save money on hotel/hostel costs, but the trade-off is a night without a bed.  We arrived in Pamukkale the next morning after about four hours of broken sleep.  Could have been worse. Continue reading