Author Archives: Gabi

Crossing New Zealand’s South Island — wineries, ocean and snow-capped mountains

In five days, we’ve tasted wine at award-winning wineries, watched seals in the Pacific, crossed snow-capped mountains (by car), hiked lush paths and rocky trails, walked to see the Franz Josef glacier, and meandered along the shores of the Tasman Sea. This fabulous country offers unparalleled scenery, warm, welcoming people and experiences that quicken your pulse, warm your heart, and […]

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The magic of Andros

“You’re going where?” friends asked when we told them about our house-sit on a Greek island. “Never heard of it.” That’s what we love most about Andros. That it’s secluded and isolated—particularly in November. This tiny rocky island in the northernmost region of the Cyclades is quiet at this time of year. So quiet, in fact, that goats sit in […]

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After Rome…the villages beckon.

We’ve spent hours in Rome, exploring the Coliseum, devouring fresh pasta in Trastevere, exploring the Jewish ghetto and climbing every step to every monument and church. This time around, we discovered a different side of the region– a side that’s not enclosed within its walls and not overrun with tourists slurping gelato that turns to melted slush in the brutal […]

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Return to South Africa

My South Africa is more than stunning sunsets, craggy coastlines and majestic mountains. It’s a country where I said goodbye to my sister, Katy, my baby nephew, Sven, and my dad, never to see them again. It’s the place where my friend, Garth, was killed beside me in a car accident on the night of his 21st birthday. It’s also […]

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