October 2016
  • Day7

    Party of five

    October 8, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    It was eyeopening to see how the Strydom party of five operate.

    I must say it does make a non parent like me think twice about having more than 2 kids. It seems with 3 or more kids the parents are always outnumbered which makes it hard work.

    The two boys Juaha and Daniel absolutely loved wrestling with me and had a ball, turning my push-ups into a merry go round. Daniel enjoyed Tannie Isabel reading him a book or two.

    Little beautiful Lulu is so cute and always want to sit up or stand, so good for a three month old.

    It's wonderful to have the opportunity to meet the kids and start a relationship with them, i hope they remember us when we see them again.

    It was obviously a highlight spending time with our good friends Louis and Marele!

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day6

    Vasona Lake County Park

    October 7, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Marele had to check out the lightning for her photoshoot over the weekend at the park. We took the opportunity to explore. Love all these beautiful parks in the USA, great for nature lovers. I had a great run, probably the last one on land for a while.

    {Issy}

    Relaxing run in the beautiful park, the next run will be on a track on the boat which will much less enjoyable i am sure.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day6

    US west coast beach day

    October 7, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    From Pink Bermuda beaches and the long warm Florida beach to the cold waters of the Pacific on the west coast of the US. This coastline remind me so much of the western cape except for the Star spangled banner on most porches.

    Each of these are beautiful in its own ways, no doubt doubt we will find ourselves on a lot of beaches over the next few months, i hope they will all take our breath away like this one.

    P.S. Spot the girl on the beach who's use to Bermuda summers and not California summer.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day6

    Santa Cruz- Natural bridges state park

    October 7, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    After a great sleep in, we head to the beach with the boys and Louis. Rather chilly but scenic. You know you are from Bermuda if everyone is wearing bikini's and you sit with a hoodie.

    Me and Dolf went for a walk along the coast, Saw seagulls, butterflies and a sea-lion. Remind me of South Africa's coast.

    Packing up the boys are somewhat a challenge with sand over the sandwiches and pretty much everywhere.
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  • Day5

    @Alcatraz

    October 6, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    A San Fran must do!! Usually history (especially American history) bore us a fair bit, but Alcatraz was truly made live, the entire tour was interactive & made it a really fun experience. We also had magnificent views of the bay and the airshow that is currently held.

    Some cool facts about Alcatraz
    1.Al Capone played banjo in the inmate band.
    2.There were no confirmed prisoner escapes from Alcatraz
    3. Alcatraz is named for sea birds.
    Before criminals became its denizens, the windswept island was home to large colonies of brown pelicans. Alcatraz is the Spanish for Island of the Pelicans
    4. In spite of his nickname, the “Birdman of Alcatraz” had no birds in the prison.
    5. After the prison stood dormant for six years, Native American activists occupied Alcatraz.
    6. It was the first named lighthouse in the Pacific
    7.Military prisoners were Alcatraz’s first inmates.

    {Issy}
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  • Day5

    Road to Alcatraz

    October 6, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    In 2012 when we first visited San Fransisco we were unable to get tickets for Alcatraz cause it was fully booked.
    This time around we made sure we book tickets in advance, however what we did not do, is plan our commute from San Jose to Pier 33 in San Fransisco (where the Alcatraz ferry leaves from) in advance .

    Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, but this morning it didn't.
    First we used google maps to estimate what time to leave the house which did not give us a good estimate, then we used uber to order a taxi which was supposed to be 4 min but took 8 min to get to us.
    Then when we got to the train station there were very limited signs that indicated which trains go where and what time they leave as all of this info is now on an "App". After downloading the App and getting help from a random Afrikaans speaking fellow South African who lives in San Jose we realized there was no way we will make it in time for the ferry. Isabel then tried calling Alcatraz to find-out if they will allow us on the next ferry, but was unable to get to a person to speak to, only a computer who could only confirm that there was still space on the next ferry Oct 6th 2017. LOL

    The only other option was to try a taxi which will potentially get us there in time depending on traffic. We already purchased one way tickets at this point, Isabel amazingly walked up to people who were waiting in the queue to buy train tickets and sold our one way tickets for a 25 cent profit. 😜

    We eventually arrived 10 minutes late for the ferry with an uber taxi, but were lucky enough to get onto the next one.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day4

    Day in San Fran

    October 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Lekker walk down memory lane from 2012. Spend some time at Union square, Bay Park and Pier 44.

    Highlight was cheesecake factory for a super late lunch. Was this maybe the last time?, hopefully not !! Well delightful to say the least. We celebrated our 1st anniversary here.

    Randomly we "modeled" for a test photoshoot - it was so much fun, changing in the car running around in heels to catch the golden gate bridge and rays at the exact right time. Danced in the middle of the street of China town & dipped in front of the famous San Fran tram.

    Enjoyed today, I love action-packed days and then crashing!!

    {Issy}
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  • Day4

    Alum Rock State Park

    October 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    After a long day of travelling, we settled in at the Strydom clan, they took us to the nearby park. I experimented with my Solomon's and probably logged my first trial run, much harder work than the roads. Chased the sunset and saw some deer. #runfree
    {Issy}
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  • Day4

    East to West in comfort (&doubt)

    October 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    If you travel with 70 liter backpacks you don't belong in priority right? People put things in boxes so easily. The AA representative repeatedly looked at us, with a judgmental tone and raised eyebrows she said "this is only priority" . After the 3rd time she specifically asked if we are in the right lane. I felt pleased when she got lost when I waved the online boarding pass at her...

    Killing time with a Mexican snack in Phoenix after a great flight. We watched "Me before you" - tearjerker!! 1 more to go before we see the Strydom's.

    {Issy}
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  • Day4

    En route to San Jose

    October 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Thanks to loyalty points we are flying in Business class today.

    For anyone traveling from time to time, make sure you are registered for loyalty points with whatever airline or travel company you use.
    It all adds up and you won't believe the benefit you can get from earning miles.

    Shortest layover ever die to delay in Jacksonville! 7min in Charlotte airport, ran from gate D2 to B9, at least we clocked some steps!

    {Roedolf}
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