25 April 2012

Bags Are Packed!

Bags are packed.

Plane tickets are printed.

Passport is in my purse.

Malaria prescription has been filled.

Yellow fever certificate is ready to go.

I'm so excited to finally be heading off to Rwanda tomorrow to be meeting up with two of my very best friends and favorite travel partners!  

It's been so long since the three of us have been in one country and almost six years since we've traveled abroad together.  While we aren't quite certain what we'll be doing yet it seems that the genocide memorial, kayaking across a lake, jungle tromping, motorcycle riding, and a good dose of relaxing/catching up are quite high on the list of priorities. 

I am literally itching out of my skin to get there!

{see original Rwanda post here.}

Amber, Me, Katie - Croatia circa 2006

After a fun filled five days in Rwanda, I'll be back in Jo'burg for a short couple of days, but then I'm jumping on another plane to Cape Town to meet up with two more of my very favorite people!  

Two of my ex-roommates {and very very good friends} are flying out to South Africa for the first time since we all studied abroad together in Stellenbosch in 2008.  I'm so glad that everything worked out {read: I was able to save up enough dough} to also be able to fly out and have a little reunion weekend with them in our old stomping grounds.  We will certainly be eating out at all of our favorite restaurants, going on ample wine tours {Stellenbosch is famous for them!}, meeting up with old friends, and generally enjoying each others company. 

Jenny, Brigid, and I at the Cape of Good Hope circa 2008

Following our weekend in Cape Town / Stellenbosch, they will be flying back to Jo'burg with me for a few days and I must say that I'm also really looking forward to giving them a tour of my current home city and sharing a little bit of my every day life with them.  A lot has changed since we were all students on a semester abroad adventure four years ago!  One of these lovely ladies is also the one who is responsible for introducing Jurgen and I, so Jurg's quite excited to spend some time with them as well.

It should make for an amazing {albeit busy} couple of weeks!  

While I'm away there will be some incredibly inspirational ladies guest posting on the blog.  The only guideline I gave them was that their post be travel-inspired in some way and I've loved reading each of their posts one by one.  From semesters abroad in Jerusalem, to tips on becoming an expat, to becoming an au pair in Germany, to foreign boyfriends with accents, to spending a summer working at a baboon sanctuary - the topics were all equally unique, personal, and amazing.  I can't wait to share them with you!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week and a great weekend!  

{I should be popping in every once in awhile on twitter in case you'd like to check-in!}


  1. It all sounds really exciting and like a lot of fun! Have a great time and I look forward to hearing all about it!! :)

  2. safe travels!!! that is so exciting and i look forward to seeing all the pictures.

  3. This is great! What an adventure you have ahead of you and I'm super excited to meet these other bloggers :)

  4. Have a fun and safe trip! I can't wait to read the guest posts, but I also can't wait to see your photos when you get back! :)

  5. Congratulations on finally being about to leave! I'm super excited for you and can't wait to hear about it when you return!

  6. Hope you have a fun trip! You definitely deserve a vacation, and I can't wait to hear all about it!


  7. I am SO jealous!! Have an amazing time. you certainly deserve it!!

  8. Ahhh makes me want to return to AFRICa so bad!

  9. Ahhh makes me want to return to AFRICa so bad!

  10. "Malaria prescription has been filled.

    Yellow fever certificate is ready to go."

    just your regular old vacation! haha have so much fun!

  11. Oh my gosh, have SO SO much fun!!! I wish that I could travel there!

  12. Have the best time! Although being with best friends anywhere is a guaranteed amazing time! :)

  13. Sounds amazing. I hope you have a wonderful time.

  14. Hey Jen!

    You must enjoy it and stay safe please. I hope it's nice and warm there and that you guys have the most amazing time ever!

  15. Have an amazing time! You are so fortunate to be meeting up with friends from all over and seeing amazing places :)

  16. Hope you have an amaaaazing trip!! Can't wait to see pics!

  17. have SO MUCH FUN! i can't wait to read about your travels :) safe travels, my dear!

  18. Just found your blog through Ashley's. I'm also a fellow expat and we lived in Burundi (right next to Rwanda) for a year and a half. There is nothing quite like East Africa. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

  19. Amazing!! Have a wonderful time Jenna, I know you will! :) Can't wait to hear all about it when you're back.

    xo Lisa

  20. oh WOW Jenna!!!!!!!!! i missed the send off timing but can only imagine all the awesomeness you've been having since you arrived and then came back home again with your pals in tow. cheers and more happiness all the way through.

    best trip EVER is what!!!!!!!!! the list of to-dos sounds incredible and deeply moving too. way to keep the friend flames alive too, you girls are adorable. xo ♥


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