A people obsessed with modernity, equality, and rationality will gather in large numbers to cheer their hereditary monarch as he passes by on a gilded horse-drawn carriage. What makes this all the more surprising is that, unlike the Danish Queen, who can trace her descent back to the rulers of the 10th Century, the Swedish royals are newcomers. The founder of the House of Bernadotte, Charles XIV John of Sweden, was the grandson of a tailor from southern France, who rose to become one of Napoleon's generals, before being voted into his position by the Swedish parliament. So who are the Swedish Royals, and what do you need to know about them to hold your own with royalist Swedes, or even republicans? Carl XVI Gustaf At 72, Sweden's king has shed the playboy image that dogged him when he became king in 1973, achieving, if not gravitas, the sort of affection you might hold for an ageing but slightly goofy uncle. … [Read more...] about So who are the Swedish Royals?
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As I've waxed on about before, I absolutely love Cape Town– it now holds a firm spot as one of my favorite cities in the world. It has a little bit of everything: mountains, history, ocean, and wine country. What more could you want? Last year, I was lucky enough to visit Cape Town not once, but twice. Now that I've spent a few weeks in the city and surrounding areas, I wanted to write a guide on what to do in Cape Town. A few tips – spend at least five days in Cape Town. Cape Town is not a city to be rushed – plus, there are so many day trips, so give yourself plenty of time. Secondly, I recommend buying a South African SIM card so you can call Ubers around the city. This is essential because Cape Town isn't very walkable, and it's unwise to take taxis off the street. You can buy a SIM card for around $20 at any Vodaphone store, which are all over the city. Without further ado, here's what to do on your your first trip to Cape Town. 1. Stroll the colorful … [Read more...] about 11 Things You Can’t Miss in Cape Town
Have you guys seen Kimberly Clark's anti-haul makeup videos on Youtube? They're hilarious. Instead of highlighting the makeup products you should buy, Kimberly rants about the products you shouldn't. It's anti-consumerism at its finest. So, I wanted to do the same with travel gear. Over the years, I've tested a lot of travel gear. Some travel accessories are now indispensable to me: I absolutely love my hanging toiletry kit and packing cubes, for example. Unfortunately, other travel accessories have been total disappointments. Keep in mind that we may have different opinions about these products – maybe you swear by your travel pillow! Maybe you can't live without your wifi antenna! But these are just the travel accessories I personally don't like. No hard feelings. Duct tape It feels like every travel blogger loves duct tape, but I've never found a use for it. I dutifully carried a roll of duct tape on my four-month Southeast … [Read more...] about The Travel Gear Anti-Haul: What You DON’T Need to Buy
This week, I left Kampala, Uganda, after living there for almost a year. While I’m happy to be back in the states, I'm already missing my home away from home in Uganda's capital. Which isn’t to say that living in Uganda didn’t frustrate me; at times, it did. But overall I really enjoyed living in Uganda. I made incredible friends, enjoyed a high quality of life, and had some once in a lifetime experiences (e.g. mountain-biking with zebras). Someday, I'd love to move back to East Africa. But in the meantime, here's what I will and won't miss about living in the Pearl of Africa. What I'll Miss The weather. You can’t complain about 75 degrees and sunny every single day. The avocados, mangos, and passionfruit The tropical fruit in Uganda is bar-none. Words can’t explain how much I will miss $1 avocados the size of a football. Super exotic weekend trips. Living in Kampala, it’s easy to do some pretty amazing weekend trips. If you’re brave … [Read more...] about What I’ll Miss About Living in Uganda (And What I Won’t)
The second I got to Cape Town, I was obsessed. As I strolled around the city, breezing into wine bars and boutiques, my singular thought was I NEED TO MOVE HERE IMMEDIATELY. There's so much to love about Cape Town. First off, it's one of the most naturally beautiful cities in the world. Geographically, Cape Town looks like a mix of Colorado's mountains and LA's beaches, with a backdrop of the dark and often stormy Atlantic Ocean. Not to mention, it's inexpensive. A glass of (delicious) wine costs $3, and a meal at one of Cape Town's swankiest restaurants will only set you back about $40. It's also super modern: the tap water is potable, the roads are paved, and you can pay with a credit card almost everywhere. (As you can see, my standards are kind of low due to living in Uganda, ha.) Anyway, here are the reasons I fell head over heels in love with The Mother City, and why I'm sure you will too. The colors Cape Town is a city that is not short on color. I particularly loved Bo … [Read more...] about Why is Cape Town So Awesome?