We hit the ground running after arriving in South Africa. Our tour guide, Niel Jacobs (aka Safari Niel since there were two Neal/Niels now) picked us up from our hotel near the airport and we started our drive to Pilanesberg National Park. Niel was very accommodating and pointed out historical sites on the drive. By the time we reached Pilanesberg, we had a good overview of the area and some of the history that formed the Johannesburg area.
Our tour of Pilanesberg started off with a bang. Just a short time inside the gate we saw four rhino going down to a watering hole for a drink. There was also a jackal, hippos, wildebeest, impala, and birds all in the same spot! Some warthogs also joined in the fun. It was quite the sight to see not more than 5 minutes inside the park gate! But that wasn’t all. A short while after leaving the watering hole we spotted our first elephants. A family of five were walking and grazing next to the road and eventually crossed the road right in front of us. What an amazing start to our trip!
As a follow-up to my last blog post about website photography I wanted to share a few photos of my own. For the past couple of weeks, I have been in South Africa visiting friends with Lizzie. During our time so far we have truly been treated by the beauty of South Africa. At the beginning of our trip we saw lions, elephants, rhinos and many other animals during our safari in Pilanesberg National Park. Our time in Cape Town has been highlighted by seeing the vast ocean, breathtaking scenes from Table Mountain, dramatic cliffs at Cape Point, and the brilliant gardens of Kirstenbosch. Cape Town is one of the coolest places on earth. I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful sightseeing vacation!
StrengthsFinder by Gallup is a popular tool used by millions to discover their talents. The assessment helps figure out what you are good at and how you think. Knowing your top strength themes can help you interact better with others and pursue roles that you are naturally inclined to do.
My top five strength themes are: Responsibility, Analytical, Deliberative, Relator, and Individualization. I’ve found learning about my top five themes to be extremely helpful in discovering who I am as a person and how I interact with the world around me. While these themes fit with most areas of my life, they are very applicable to how I approach a web project.
I built my first website when I was 12 years old called “Neal’s Awesome Pages.” Each week I would look up NFL, NBA, and NASCAR stats, player profiles, and photos to update my webpage. Since then my passion for good visual design has evolved over the years from carefully crafted PowerPoint presentations to building custom WordPress websites for local businesses and organizations here in Lincoln. I have always had a knack for organizing to make things as efficient and visually appealing as possible. I cringe when I see hard to read powerpoint presentations, websites stuck in the early 2000’s, inconsistently formatted Word documents, and dishes not properly arranged in the dishwasher.