Last safari pic, but these guys got SO CLOSE I could reach out and touch them. It's heartbreaking to learn that animals in their own homes are hunted and poached for ivory. While few elephants are slain for their tusks, Kruger guys informed us that just in the last year, over 800 rhinos were hunted, killed, horns stolen to be sold illegally. How can such a thing be worth it 😞
What I missed most while traveling is being able to create my own home cooked meals including smoothie bowls. I hadn't used my Vitamix in over a month and frankly was having withdrawals 😫 today I finally constructed an acai bowl with fruit and superfoods. You've probably already read that acai fruit is abundant in antioxidants and contribute to weight loss, anti-aging, as well as heart health. New research also shows that acai is also great for bone and teeth health due to its anti-inflammatory properties. But what exactly does this mean and how is this accomplished? Let's get nerdy and put my masters in biochemistry to use lol. The extracts from acai berry have been shown in vitro to decrease secretion of certain interleukins and tumor necrosis factors (immune mediators), thus inhibiting osteoclast activity (the cells responsible for bone resorption, or eating away at bone). This just means less bone loss and as we know, bone keeps your teeth in place so keep them healthy with plant foods and regular hygiene/checkups 😉
Beautiful and photogenic Abigail. She approaches you cuddling, purring, and loves to be stroked under the ears just like a housecat. In my time in Bloemfontein, I slept side by side with the endangered cheetah, walked them, fed them and stared in awe at such kind and majestic animals 🐆
Rainy mornings in Cape Town spent venturing the CBD for vegan eats. Thought it was unusual for my chocolate breakfast bowl to be topped with avocado, but it worked. I'm actually fairly impressed with the vegan selection in South Africa 🇿🇦 you really can eat plant based anywhere in the world 🌱
Grew my hair for 3 years and chopped it in San Francisco (weirdly carrying back my hair on the plane for donation). Currently having a midlife crisis from turning 30 and refusing to come to terms that I look like an Asian soccer mom 💁🏻@locksoflovelol @wholesomeculture
5 days in Cape Town and it stormed each day I was there. I dreamed my whole life of climbing Table Mountain and it broke my heart that every excursion I'd planned had been shut down. But the city had been in an urgent drought, so the rain was welcomed by locals. At least I had uberEATS deliver me this vegan tofu poke, and the view of Camp's Bay beautiful even in a storm. Staying mostly indoors also allowed me to meet so many wonderful people (albeit too much alcohol at the same time). Next time I'll visit Africa in the summer - how many of you have seen Cape Town??
In an African road block, the animals glance backward, forward, and sometimes straight at you. They're not afraid of you, they see you as one of them. The elephants get so close they nearly knock over your vehicle. The only sounds in this traffic jam are the slow stomps of the footsteps of giants 🐘
The rustling of impalas grazing in a morning mist. The hours without sunlight are freezing in a South African winter. I sacrificed a few weeks of summer back home to share in this view with nature. The most exhilarating part is standing in one spot and sighting elephants mingling with the antelopes, dispersed amongst the giraffes and just a stone's throw away from the lions. Everything in harmony
I've just arrived in Kruger National Park in South Africa. I've loved animals my whole life and to see them in nature has been one of my poignant memories. I'll be spam posting photos from our safari ventures, but wanted to share this cute little creature. My intention is not to glorify animals in captivity - I don't condone zoos, horseback riding, or visiting sedated exotic animals in Asia. But Africa differs; its state is committed to the wellbeing of their native animals (seriously if you look like a poacher you'll be shot dead!). Breeding efforts are enforced for conservation and education, not for the canned hunting industry. My eyes are still astounded by all that I've seen in such a few short days
I came to Jordan on a whim. Things I didn't realize: Israeli security is insane, Ramadan means I hiked in the heat all day hangry, and how cool is it that this ancient lost city existed in the middle of the desert? I may have broke my legs in exhaustion, but nothing is worth immersing in a foreign culture in which you held a wrong impression. What destination surprises you like that?
I chose to layover in Tel Aviv when I heard it was the vegan capital of the world. I wasn't prepared to be as impressed as I was - the food is imaginative, creative, scratch-made and crafted beautifully. There are hundreds of vegan restaurants in addition to vegan menus at most cafes. You won't find that their restaurants use Daiya or Field Roast or other substitute. Every dish is a recipe within a recipe including home made vegan cheese or seitan. Even this basic salad on the menu as "side vegan salad" - if I ordered the same item back home I'd be given iceberg lettuce, some tomato, with store bought Italian dressing. I was pleasantly surprised with the fresh cut vegetables and variety of grains (is that bulgar in my salad?). No meal will ever be the same to me. Israel may be expensive, but the food scene is light years ahead of us
I fall in love with cities. First with Tel Aviv, where the air is lax and breezy, the people are lively, and the food is unlike anything I've ever tried (vegan or not). It's places like these that question why I chose to live where I do. How do you return home the same person? This world is grander than my own. I've slept in single digit hours for the week, but wake me if I dare shut my eyes