Category Archive: Other Travel Adventures

Places To Stay: Upper House – Clarens, South Africa

Name:  Upper House Locatation:  Clarens, Eastern Free State, South Africa Description:  It is a small guest house, where all the rooms have private entrances with secure parking, and access to the lush garden, where… Continue reading

Where The River Flows

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” – Emma Smith – When we received a phone call in March to inform… Continue reading

Discover Maboneng, City of Light – Johannesburg

“In 2007 I was living in a converted factory on the edge of the city. At that time the Jo’burg inner city was a no-go zone, crime ridden, filthy and all but forgotten.… Continue reading

Street Art & Graffiti in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg

“I laugh at the way some people think graffiti is all selfish tagging and vandalism. Thoughtful street art is like good fiction – it speaks out on behalf of everyone, for us all… Continue reading

Places To Stay: Ondervlei Cottage – Rosendal, South Africa

Name:  Ondervlei Cottage Location:  Located on the fringes of Rosendal, a small town in the Eastern Free State, bordered by the Witteberge, Ondervlei Cottage has no immediate neighbours, which is ideal when one… Continue reading

Realizing A Dream – Step 1: Buying Land

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” – Anaïs Nin – Life in the UAE has an… Continue reading

Walking In The Alpujarras

“We tend to think of landscapes as affecting us most strongly when we are in them or on them, when they offer us the primary sensations of touch and sight. But there are… Continue reading

Where It All Started

 “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have first-hand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.… Continue reading

Finding Solitude – The Buddhist Retreat Centre, Ixopo, South Africa

The mist, like a gauzy veil, hung suspended between air and earth, as I made my way towards my bed after Evening Meditation. In it, solid forms dissolved and became liquid energy. Behind… Continue reading

On My Bedside Table

“A good book should leave you . . slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.” – William Styron – I am not keen on writing reviews. Perhaps because… Continue reading

Rio in a Nutshell

I am not a city girl, despite living in a city, and although I thoroughly immerse myself in the joys of city living, I much prefer quiet, open spaces, where nature sounds abound.… Continue reading

Boats And Bicycles: A Day Visit to Paquetá Island

Were I rich, I would not hesitate to buy a little holiday place on Paquetá Island. As a matter of fact, I found the perfect place. But, alas, I do not have the luxury… Continue reading

Street Art in Rio

“It can be said that it is a movement, most definitely an art expression, but surely, even more than this… Perhaps, an art form in its own right. One thing is certain –… Continue reading

Cape2Rio 2017 – An Unplanned Adventure

As I stared at my computer screen, I could feel my heart miss a beat. The speed, when I clicked on the magenta triangle, read 0.52 knots. All the other little triangles, representing… Continue reading

In Search of Al-Andalus: Granada

I merge with the throng of bodies, and allow the surge of movement to direct my first tentative exploration of Granada. Soon I find myself at the bottom of the hill on which the… Continue reading

In Search of Al-Andalus: Córdoba

“Life, if you know how to use it, is long enough.” – Seneca – Layers and layers of history have rendered Córdoba’s streets crooked, narrow, and full of intrigue and mystery. According to the… Continue reading

Places To Stay: Lúa do Miño – Camposancos, Rias Baixas, Spain

Name:  Lúa do Miño Location:  Located in the tiny village of Camposancos, where the river Miño that divides Spain and Portugal, flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Description:  The apartment is located at the… Continue reading

The Way We Walk

Sitting quietly on the edge of the plaza in front of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I allow my heart to expand as my eyes roam over the crowds. Big tour… Continue reading

Galicia – A Glimpse of Green Spain

Most people were talking what sounds to the untrained ear like a mixture of Portuguese and Spanish – the harder, rawer edges of Castilian rounded off by the smooth, musical tones of Portuguese.… Continue reading

Gone Walking

Part of the mystery of walking is that the destination is inside us and we really don’t know when we arrive until we arrive. – John Francis –  UAE summers sit heavy on… Continue reading