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“Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman’s game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts.”Henry Blaha

Back in June (I know, I’ve been slack), I went to my first rugby match in Nelspruit, South Africa. South Africa was playing Wales and squeaked by with the win, but the game was very exciting all the way to the end. My British friend, Callum, educated me on the basics of the game. A couple years ago, I made the mistake of noting (out loud) the similarity of rugby to American football once in a sports bar full of Australians and New Zealanders. I now understand they are, in fact, very different. Here are a few fun facts:

1) A rugby match only lasts 1.5 hours.
2) The field is called a pitch.
3) Rugby players are often doctors or other professionals (ie. gentlemen)
4) One of the positions is called the hooker. (this makes me laugh)
5) A scrum (pictured below) is a formation of up to 6 people from each team, arm interlocked and heads down, pushing against each other to get the ball through the other

McGuire - 8 September 2014 - 8:33 am

Ouch to #3…but it is more of a gentlemans game for sure. I married a rugby player…he wasn’t a hooker though :)


Becky, Dionisio, and I did a 2 day trip to Kruger National Park. Unfortunately for Becky, this meant 2 more days of waking up at 5am (we’re going on 5 days in a row of waking up at an ungodly hour). This isn’t the best time of year because the grasses and shrubbs are tall due to the rains. It can be hard to spot animals, but it’s also the time of year when babies are born. Here are some of my favorite pics.

Missy - 13 April 2014 - 12:17 pm

Awesome…and so cool!


Becky and I went great white shark cage diving today to celebrate her big 4-0. What an amazing experience. I highly recommend the company we used (Great White Shark Tours). They were professional, well organized, and passionate about great whites. We saw 9 or 10 sharks today – all of which were females. Unfortunately, they are too quick for the camera sometimes but here are a couple of my favorite shots.


Everyone always asks me what is my favorite city in Africa. I’ve never had an answer because no city left a big enough impression to be considered my favorite. That has changed. I love Cape Town. Such beautiful scenery and so many outdoor activities. and penguins!!!

Here are my favorite pics from today.

Sandi cassidy - 2 April 2014 - 7:25 am

Fantastic!! Mom

Taylor - 2 April 2014 - 7:13 am

There are going to be a lot of disappointed cities in Africa.

Blake - 2 April 2014 - 4:43 am

Wow! Penguins kiss’n on the beach and no snow? Beautiful!