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South African Bobotie

Bobotie, a traditional South African dish with Cape Malay influences from the Indian population, is a delicious and comforting recipe perfect for the cooler, darker months ahead. Of course if you’re in South Africa, and coming into the warmer summer months, you’ll still want to make this delicious dish! Made with ground beef or lamb, and spiced with curry, turmeric, lemon…

Giraffes in Johannesburg

The next stop on our five healthy days tour is South Africa’s Johannesburg, which is affectionately called Joburg, Jozi, and Egoli (City of Gold). Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and is considered the commercial heart of the country.  There is a lot to see and do in this bustling destination, so here’s how you can do and…

Best Safaris Around The World

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! If you’re looking for wild adventures when traveling around the world, going on a safari might just be perfect for you. So what’s healthy about a safari? Despite what you see on TV, many safaris are traveled by foot with a guide, rather than riding in a caravan. Don’t worry, you won’t be running…

The recent turmoil in Turkey is a clear reminder that a peaceful place can quickly turn into a violent one, and a reminder that we need to be vigilant when traveling. Every traveler should know in advance if their vacation spot is one where they need to take extra precaution to increase their safety. When planning any trip, be sure…

Anyone whose bucket list includes scaling the world’s highest mountains but is too cautious to take on the treacherous beast that is Mt. Everest, this list is for you. Traveling across exotic paths to the peak of a towering snow-capped mountain is a dream for many. And even though it doesn’t seem like you’ve accomplished an incredible feat unless you’ve…

With Valentine’s Day upon us, romance is in the air and for some that means talk of weddings. We can all agree that full-on wedding planning is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever go through. So with that in mind, here are the best places on Earth to get hitched – places so spectacular and so visitor-focused that…

While Bastille Day is a decidedly French holiday, it is celebrated in many parts of the world.  According to Wikipedia, Belgium, Hungary, South Africa and the UK all have events scheduled. Here in the United States, over 50 cities participate, and one can even see them listed on an interactive Bastille Day map.  My favorite, not to be too parochial,…

Last month, the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF), a viral illness that generally produces relatively mild symptoms of fever, headache, and muscle pains but on rare occasions can lead to internal bleeding, inflammation of the brain and eyes, and even death. This news raises some eyebrows, coming on the…

In previous posts we’ve tracked the links between tolerance, happiness and health and asked whether a wide gender gap may be a barometer of a society’s reluctance to commit to tending to basic human needs. Now recent reports strike a hopeful chord, indicating that tolerance is a precondition for combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. First, based on twenty years of data from the…

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