Archive for the ‘South Africa’ Category

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 …

It’s a warm Sunday, dry from the suggestion of highveld dust on the sleeping air. Mixed in with the breeze, sweetening it, the sound of praises being sung in a nearby suburban park. An innocuous place on any other day, Sunday has transformed it, becoming a church to the jubilant celebration of Christ. Worshippers in   Read More …

This last weekend, John and I road tripped the almost two thousand odd kilometers to Cape Town, hitching a lift with Claire – who is unfortunately blogless.  I have been to Cape Town before, but for John, it was his first time there since he was knee-high to a garden gnome.  Exploring the city again   Read More …

Categories: Africa, South Africa, Travel

Some weeks ago, I was at the Mampoerfees (Mampoer Festival) in Cullinan, just east of Pretoria. I wrote about the bizarre sense of alienation I felt as an English South African here, but realise in retrospect that I completely forgot to actually talk a little more about some of what I actually saw at the   Read More …

Categories: Africa, South Africa, Travel

With this Tuesday being a holiday, any South African who has been paying even mild attention has realised that the country had more or less shut down on the Monday to make an extra long weekend out of the time available. A friend (who will go unnamed for her and her employer’s sake) managed to   Read More …

Categories: Africa, South Africa, Travel

The thing about living in a country is that you all too often fail to appreciate (or frequently even see) much of what makes it so interesting to the rest of the world. I think sometimes you just get stuck in the anecdotal rut and forget that there are people who travel halfway across the   Read More …

One of the blogs I follow like a labrador chasing a gross, partly chewed stick waiting for it to be thrown is Bearshapedsphere, written by an expat/traveler living in Santiago (go look and count how frequently you catch yourself giggling while reading many of the posts).  One of her recent pieces, about misadventures at airport   Read More …

Categories: Africa, South Africa, Travel

Churches, rubber ducks and the wide open skies of the Karoo. It’s been a fun few days and felt like it has been a lot longer than it really has. On a journey through the Kaga mountains through to the Owl House of Nieu Bethesda and many destinations besides, I am more convinced than ever   Read More …

Categories: Africa, South Africa, Travel

Today saw a brief trip to the diminutive Karoo town of Bathurst.  Partly because it was there, but also because it was rumoured to possess a faster 3G signal for internet access (it didn’t). Like any good, though  (in this case) short lived excursion, it was not so much Bathurst which made for an interesting   Read More …

Categories: Africa, South Africa, Travel

In lieu of a far more interesting post on travels in the Karoo, which will shortly (but not for a few days yet) be undertaken, I thought I would share some of the background excitement of the voyage. Since last week Thursday, I have been hanging out in Grahamstown, picturesque gem of the Eastern Cape   Read More …

Categories: Africa, South Africa, Travel

I am starting to suspect that Bronkhorstspruit (of buddhist-temple-in-africa fame) may be haunting me.  It all started on Wednesday of this last week, you see, when Olina, our long suffering maid (given the sheer volume of mess that John and I can produce at times) had her father disappear. He had been sick for some   Read More …

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