Archive for the ‘Cape to Cairo’ Category

It was a gentle sort of love affair. Not the wild, passionate, love-at-first-sight sort of thing. More like that feeling that gently creeps up on you when you discover something underneath a friendship, usually far too late to do anything about it. But I digress. These stories have to start at the point where we   Read More …

After on and off storms chasing my activities at Livingstone, it was an African-blue sky that watched over the hours-long bus ride from Livingstone to Lusaka. Lusaka would not be my destination today though. A tiny dot of a town – nay, a village – called Chisekesi would be my final hop off point. “Are   Read More …

The flame trees outside the Dar es Salaam train station are some of the most beautiful plants i’ve seen in days – more so as their orange flowers lick the deep blue of the sky, cloudless. It’s hardly fitting that here, in this loud and beautiful contrast of colours, our family must come to an   Read More …

I have been neglectful in posting stories, but have pages and pages filled with thoughts and images of the things I have seen and am absolutely bursting to share. Tomorrow is a train ride from Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia, which ends on Friday in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. There will be rest and a   Read More …

For the abysmal failure at a-post-a-day, I apologise. Partly finding Internet is not so easy (what was I thinking), but its also been perfectionism on my part at not being able to really tell the stories as what they mean, more than simple narrative. I realise now that the reflective stuff on what it all   Read More …

Boarded the Greyhound to Bulawayo at 20h30 last night, arriving in Bulawayo just after 10am this morning. The bus trip has been largely uneventful, except for watching the occasionally entertaining antics of Eric and Lucky, the bus drivers.

As I go, I go. Landscape to greyscape to the inky-black unknown clacks past. Like the disjointed, rumbling machinery of some large clock in whose bowels I sleep out my delicious dreams and find these words anew. Tomorrow not only born another day, but a destination,a leg complete. Bringing with it the reward of a   Read More …

Packed, boarded the plane and now in Cape Town. Catching the overnight train back to Johannesburg tomorrow morning, to make one large and redundant loop – but if you are going to travel from Cape to Cairo, then one should really start in the Cape, no? So just a short note to say that things   Read More …

One of the questions most frequently asked in the last few days has been whether I will be traveling alone on this trip, or whether I will be joined in the end with any intrepid traveling folk. For a time, Audrey was going to be exploring with me, but life, love and really big, snowy   Read More …

Four days left. Witty day-significance mathematics now escapes me. Four days is significant because, well… its four days until it all begins. Which seems like a good enough reason right now. Yesterday my bed left. And it took the children. Or at least all my clothes, wall hangings, books and pretty much everything else I   Read More …

Categories: Africa, Cape to Cairo, Travel

One day less and you can expect more or less daily updates from this point forward. The madness of waiting has started to make my fingers dance in an increasingly manic fashion, faster with each passing day until departure. I’ve never quite experienced anticipation like this. It’s difficult to concentrate on the things that need   Read More …

Categories: Africa, Cape to Cairo, Travel

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