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ve Monday morning to start my field work, so this week has been really busy prepping and getting ready for that (and also spending as much time with my friends and Ryno as I can). I got to experience my first rugby game on Monday and went to UCT’s game vs Wits. It was so much fun! Definitely no where near the university football vibe you get in America, but we still painted our faces and had a blast rooting for our team! (UCT lost, but that’s besides the point). I could definitely get into rugby more and will make it a goal to learn what I can this year about it. Then really get on supporting my uni next year when I am back from field work. I also learned a really fun game called squash. It is a bit similar to racquetball, where you have a court and hit a bouncing ball with rackets.

I am really going to push for selling my truck while I am briefly in the states in April because I will need to buy a vehicle here once I finish my field work in December. Luckily, I have a Panthera truck to use from Monday to December for getting around. If you or anyone you know in the PA, MD, VA area want to buy a beautiful 2010 Dodge 1500 – let me know! 😉

Once I head out Monday, I won't have WiFi again for a few months or longer and while I will have good phone service at some places, data here is expensive which means I will be staying off most social medias. I will try to keep this updated as much as I can though and will still have access to email, FB messenger and WhatsApp if you need to get a hold of me.

I will miss this view and the ocean!

My next post will be coming at you from the bush!

Chow!

Helloooooo 2018

Hi guys and welcome to a new year!

My trip to America for the holidays was lekker! Though I didn’t get to see everyone I had hope to see (talking about you, Pavlick), I still had such a blast catching up with friends and family – I got to get lots of love from my boy, Diesel, go to the National Zoo’s BrewLights with Graham, Poolesville’s holiday light up night with the Bug and dad, wine tasting with Casey, met up with a big chuck of the family for Indiana’s first birthday, went to a hockey game (go Pens!) with Josh and Emily,

caught up with my furbabies and zoo family at the zoo, spent an amazing week with my best friend soul mate Becca, helped her adopt a new cat :-P, saw Star Wars the Last Jedi twice (once was opening night), explored and got lost in DC with Andrew, impacted the minds of some future ecologist at PHS, got to learn more details than I can remember about Teslas, got to play with my toys at the gun range with Matt and Greg, met my absolutely adorable nephew Atlas and spent an amazing week with Erin, Blair, BerBer and Atlas, had a lovely Christmas with the family, then spent a final few days in Maryland catching up with some more family and friends before hopping on a plane back to Cape Town. It was a BUSY four weeks, but I loved every minute of it!

I landed back in Cape Town New Year’s Eve and got to spend it with Joselyn out in Rooiels – such a great way to bring in the new year! Annnnd back to the grind. At Panthera, we hit the ground running. This is going to be an extremely exciting year and very busy year! I will be running camera trap surveys practically all year. I head out to the field at the very beginning of February and am expected to be back around mid-December! Just like before, I will have very limited internet connectivity, but will try my hardest to get a post out as often as I can. And yes, that will mean LOTS of new wildlife photos, if I am not a pro by the end of this year I am giving up. 😛

I am trying to make the most out of my only month in Cape Town. Ryno and I have been going on lots of hikes. I went to my first cricket match last weekend and had an absolute blast! Though I still have NO clue what is going on in cricket, I just now understand that it really isn’t like baseball at all. I spent this weekend in Simon’s Town, I got to go relax on the beach surrounded by penguins! Yes, there are penguins in Africa, they’re called South African penguins, and they are utterly adorable. This morning Vinny and I went on a lekker kayak excursion around False Bay to see the Cape fur seals and another view of the penguins. The weather was AMAZING and made for a perfect morning. Oh yeah… did I mention that it is SUMMER! Woot so I get to enjoy long sunny hot days while my American friends are dealing with some polar vortex (sorry, I’m not sorry).

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And now I get to do something I have not done in years and years – school work. On top of an entire year of field work and some busy, exciting new things from Panthera, I am now a graduate student and have deadlines I need to start hitting. So, wish me luck! I will try to get up another post just after set up at my first site.

Toodles!

Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow, I cannot believe it is Thanksgiving already. Where the heck has this year gone? (PS – totally except the exact same question just before New Year’s).  This week has been an absolute whirlwind for me! Everything has changed!

Well almost everything. On Tuesday I will be hopping on a jet plane bound for Washington DC – I have a new nephew that I need to meet! I have complained endlessly with yall about my visa struggles, we the time has come where I am being kicked out of the country more or less. My latest visa expires on 30 Nov, so I am leaving 28 Nov. Initially I was planning on staying in the US until around March or so, but I just cannot be away that long, so my US tour has been cut short and I will be coming back home to Cape Town before New Year’s! That being, said here’s my US tour schedule so you guys can plan around it! (haha just kidding, I am just pretending that I am cool here):

29 Nov-4 Dec: Maryland
4 Dec-10 Dec: Pennsylvania
10 Dec-20 Dec: Maryland
20 Dec-26 Dec: Virginia

Let me know if you want to try to get together! Unfortunately, because this trip is going to be short, I cannot squeeze in all the things I wanted to do and people I want to see. If not this time, then next trip! I will be doing at least one America trip in 2018 … ORRRRR you can always come visit me in SA! 😉

Now that that is out of the way…..

I HAVE BIG NEWS! And you get to be the first to know, since you are my loyal blog followers, all 6 of you. (Actually 22, I just looked, thanks guys!)

Are you in suspense yet?

I mean I can talk about other things. Ryno is doing good, he is HUGE now – 29kg! How did that happen? What the heck has my boy been eating?

Okay, okay, I will tell you. Cool your jets, turbo.

My contract with Panthera was initially only until December and I had NO clue what I was going to do after that. I have been trying to make all sorts of plans, plant some seeds here and there, and just hope and pray that something worked out.

Well it has! I have just accepted a MSc position with Panthera and UCT! I am going to be sticking around Cape Town (sorta) for a few more years at least! Woot woot!! Next year, I will be all over the place conducting field work and then I will come back to Cape Town to write up my dissertation. I am still in complete shock! I cannot believe things have lined up and are actually working out! This is my biggest dream since childhood playing out and it is coming true!

So today, this Thanksgiving Day, I have a whole lot to be thankful for. I know that I have a very special angel up there watching out for me.

Today is a perfect early summer day and I am about to head out with my dog and my friends on a lovely sundowner hike of Lion’s Head. I hope that you have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving! Eat lots of turkey for me and enjoy EVERYTHING pumpkin.

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