lesson learned

Day six of filming for the South African episode for RHYTHMS & ROOTS, took us to an incredible wildlife preserve just outside of Johannesburg, in the Cradle of Humankind

A truly amazing place, where all the animals roam free. It has everything, black panthers (there’s only 24 in the WHOLE COUNTRY), lions, leopards, wildebeest, jackals, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, hippos, warthogs (JUST like Pumba from the Lion King…OMG!!) It’s exactly what you imagine South Africa would be like. But better!

There’s an abundance of too cute for words, baby animals. The breeding program is wildly successful and there’s also a full time anti-poaching stuff that patrol the 1600 ha property, making sure all the little bubbas are always safe. Very cool.

Even cooler?
Getting to see these gorgeous babies up close
Feed them
AND hold them

Amazing, no?

Sure beats any zoo I’ve ever been to
There’s special ‘safe’ areas for humans to go to, where the fun stuff happens with the animals

To say was excited, would probably be the understatement of the year

I was actually skipping!

And possibly not paying attention to the signs
And holy shit

That’ll learn me.

 

PS – no Jennys animals were harmed too badly in the filming of this episode

 

 

mexico

Mexico was amazing
I have been there a few times before and liked it. But I’d never been to Guadalajara before – which I love, love, LOVED.

I saw barely any tourists there, which is the best.
Not many people spoke English which is always fun. Luckily, margarita means margarita – which is all I really needed to know. The rest I handled in fluent drunken tourist sign language.
EVERYBODY, without exception, was so great to us. Everyone we encountered went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Their pride in their country and their enthusiasm to share that with us, made our trip a joy.
I know, totally lame-o use of words – JOY. But really, it’s the best way to describe our time there.
A complete joy

But you shouldn’t go there cause then it would be full of tourist would probably hate it, so you should totally go somewhere else, K?