Exploring the West Coast of South Africa

Exploring the West Coast of South Africa

With the high prices and lack of availability of award tickets around Christmas, I once again arrived in South Africa with about eight days to spare before beginning  my house sit in Cape Town. After previously doing the Garden Route a couple of times, I decided to explore the lesser traveled West Coast of South Africa. After a long but luxurious flight with Qatar Airways in their amazing business class Q Suites, I arrived in Cape Town late morning and ready…

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House sitting in Africa – Nairobi, Kenya ?

House sitting in Africa – Nairobi, Kenya ?

Have you ever wondered what’s it like to house sit in Nairobi, Kenya? I know I had never even given it a thought before this opportunity came along. House sitting in Africa so far for me had been nothing but luxurious homes in South Africa. Would it be any different in Kenya? One, day, while sitting in my comfortable beachfront home in Cape Town, South Africa, I decided to check the latest offerings available on Trustedhouseitters.com. Listings in Africa on…

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House Sitting in South Africa Part 3

House Sitting in South Africa Part 3

 I can’t seriously believe we had committed ourselves to this sit for the next two weeks. Really, I have to sit and drink wine or beer in this chair and watch the sunset every night for the next 14 days? Damn life is good! House Sitting in South Africa Part 3 was proving to be a good decision. Our next sit was only an hours drive from the last one. We agreed to meet Mary there in the evening before she left to…

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House Sitting in South Africa Part 2 – Cape Town

House Sitting in South Africa Part 2 – Cape Town

After an amazing eight-day road trip along the Garden Route of South Africa, it was finally time to meet our new friends, Tara and Bella. Welcome to House sitting in South Africa Part 2. Whilst house sitting in Cape Town we would be taking care of Tara and Bella over Christmas and New Year. Their home was on Woodbridge Island, a gated island community on the north side of Capetown. It was just a short drive or an easy and…

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The Garden Route of South Africa – Knysna to Capetown

The Garden Route of South Africa – Knysna to Capetown

Three busy days in Knysna left us wanting more, there is so much to do in and around there. But the rest of The Garden Route awaited us. A short drive out of town will bring you to the famous Knysna Heads which consists of beautiful cliffs and beaches that can be, and should be, viewed from up top or down below. This is a free attraction, with the only cost being a few rand in tips for the ever present…

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The Garden Route of South Africa – Port Elizabeth to Knysna

The Garden Route of South Africa – Port Elizabeth to Knysna

Our first stop after Port Elizabeth was the vibrant town of Jeffreys Bay, otherwise know as J Bay. The beach was long and flat and made for a great place to stretch the legs on the drive. We both got jealous of all the other people walking dogs on the beach, and couldn’t wait for our sit in Capetown to begin. After J Bay we took a little detour to Cape St Francis where we visited the famous lighthouse and penguin…

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The Garden Route of South Africa – Port Elizabeth

The Garden Route of South Africa – Port Elizabeth

After a 9 hour flight with Latam Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil (only twice as long as the 40km journey to the airport in traffic!), a 5-hour layover in Johanessburg, and a quick 2-hour flight with Mango Airlines, we picked up our little rental car from Europcar at the Port Elizabeth Airport and set out on the 3-minute drive to our Airbnb for the next few days. Twenty dollars goes a long way in South Africa. A full apartment in a nice location just…

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Day of The Dead – How I lived through it in Sayulita, Mexico

Day of The Dead – How I lived through it in Sayulita, Mexico

Seriously, forget Halloween. Stop dressing your kids up as Batman, princesses, and butterflies. Stop going to strangers houses and begging for crappy candy that your soon to be fat kids really don’t need. Get your ass down to Mexico instead for the celebrations of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of The Dead)! This year I got to experience both Halloween and Day of The Dead. My first day of being homeless again was on Halloween. While running all my last…

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House and Pet Sitting in South Africa Part 1 – Johannesburg

House and Pet Sitting in South Africa Part 1 – Johannesburg

Due to multiple repeat house sits in Europe, in January of 2017, we (Vanessa) were in need of some time out of the Schengen zone. EU rules only allow Vanessa to stay 90 days every six months on her Brazilian passport. Therefore we were looking for somewhere else to go, somewhere warm preferably. An opportunity for house sitting in Johannesburg popped up on Trustedhousesitters with almost perfect dates for us. After looking at flights I was amazed how cheap they were. Malaga…

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Three weeks in wellies in Wales.

Three weeks in wellies in Wales.

After a couple of animal free days exploring the pubs of Galway, we boarded the early morning ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard in Wales. The boat was big and pretty luxurious but ever so empty, meaning plenty of space to spread out and take a nap. I hope Vanessa realises that that was about as close as she is ever going to get to me taking her on a cruise.   Our host, Suzanna, met us at the port in Fishguard, and after…

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