Landscapes – A Virtual Travel Adventure

“Adventures will change you. They’ll saturate you with a fresh view of life. They’ll take every foundation you ever stood on and shake them until they crack. Adventures will tear away layer after… Continue reading

Learning to Live with the Meaning of New Words

“It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it has now been realized that this… Continue reading

Table for One: Mez Karoo Kitchen and Other Barrydale Delights

“Remember the days you prayed for the things you have now.” – Jennice Vilhauer When I turned 48 I decided to visit Myanmar as a birthday present to myself. I spent my birthday… Continue reading

An Inner Journey

“On average you live for 80-odd years and then you die. Sometimes quietly in your sleep. Other times, horribly. In between living and dying, some people endure. Others barely manage to survive. Some… Continue reading

In The Land of Fire

“Travel teaches us about the vast and varied differences that enrich the global mosaic, in landscape, creation, custom, and belief, and about the importance of each and every piece in that mosaic.” –… Continue reading

Victoria Yards – A Jo’burg Gem

Garden as though you will live forever. – William Kent Located in the tiny suburb of Lorentzville Victoria Yards join other creative spaces like Maboneng and the Newtown Precinct in reviving neglected parts… Continue reading

NamibRand – A Layered Landscape

“When I choose the overview, I miss most of the details. When I go closer to observe details, I lose sight of the whole.” – Freeman Patterson – The machine gun fire k-k-k-k-k… Continue reading

Roadtripping

“Travelling the world in slow-motion did not equate to constant thrills and adventure – often it meant rolling slowly, mile after mile, with nothing but my wandering thoughts to populate the distance.” –… Continue reading

Kolmanskop: Where Dreams Turned to Dust

“. . . there are soft boundaries between what is real and what is remembered, and each place in front of us is somewhere else too.”  –  Deb Wilenski  As I gaze towards… Continue reading

Frozen in Time: Abu Dhabi’s Fossil Dunes

“Arid lanscapes bring on big thoughts. A mental aerate of sorts. Life stripped out to reveal the world’s bones, the ancient geology of rock and sand highlighting the puny nature of our joy,… Continue reading

Places to Stay: Tian Jing Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“Every single day is like a blank page of our life. Every person we meet and every event we encounter is a vivid essay.” – Jing Si Aphorisms – Name: Tian Jing Hotel… Continue reading

Climbing Bukit Tabur East

“Touch is a reciprocal action, a gesture of exchange with the world. To make an impression is also to receive one, and the soles of our feet, shaped by the surfaces they press… Continue reading

Where The Magic Happens – Kaula Leather Workshop

“A little magic can take you a long way.” From: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl “This is my revenge. To teach people. Because when I wanted to learn, no one… Continue reading

Places To Stay: Sawah Breeze House – Yogjakarta, Java, Indonesia

Name:  Sawah Breeze House  (Sawah means rice paddies) Location:  Kasihan, just south, and within easy reach of Yogjakarta, on the Indonesian island of Java. Description:  The small cottage is next to another cluster… Continue reading

Borobudur – The Last Puzzle Piece

“. . . Candi Borobudur . . . is a prayer in stone.” – Professor Soekmono, the Indonesian archaeologist who directed the Borobudur Restoration Project A short, steep climb in the dark took… Continue reading

Coffee Architecture: A Place That Feels Like Home

“Coffee has to go through a series of processes and changes to reveal its true identity. If we pay attention, we can taste decisions on species, variety, processing, milling, roasting and brewing. Every… Continue reading

My Favourite Art Spaces in Abu Dhabi

“Art enables us to find ourselves, and lose ourselves at the same time.”  – Thomas Merton –  Warehouse 421 Located in Mina Zayed near the Dhow Harbour, Warehouse 421 has been my favourite… Continue reading

Paddling Through Time and Space

“We have come to forget that our minds are shaped by the bodily experiences of being in the world – its spaces, textures, sounds, smells and habits . . .”    – Robert Macfarlane… Continue reading

A Visit to the Past

Jazirat al-Hamra or Red Island, now part of the mainland, was once a peninsula that, with high tide, became a small island just off the coast of Ras-al-Khaimah. The inhabitants made their living… Continue reading

Lisbon Hype

“A very particular feeling of nostalgia and melancholy, characteristic of a certain type of Portugueseness, permeates the city and its people, imparting a permanent yearning for an unfulfilled past. It is a city… Continue reading