The farm life is coming back to me. That or in my previous life I was either a fierce Zulu herdsman that at the sight of me, cows would run in terror or maybe a rugged Scottish warrior, charging the enemy like a wild and possessed animal! Hell, […]
Sometimes we go to a game park and see ‘nothing.’ Just the old elephant bull and his eyes that seem to penetrate our dark souls, reading us like we’re a page in his book, drama unfolding. Or the rhinos in mid charge, in a cloud of red dust […]
We all arrive somewhere ‘new’ with big ideas and we imagine what life will be like. It’s not surprising that the path is never straight and it challenges us to change some of our ideas, adapt or simply to ‘hold on tight’ while we bump along the way!
Where have I not been in South Africa? That was the question I asked myself when deciding on a route for our next road trip.
The last time we used our 5-man dome tent was at Lake Malawi, in blistering hot tropical heat, pitched on a concrete platform under a thatched shelter. This time, it was different. It was our first camping trip in South Africa and in KwaZulu-Natal. More precisely, in the […]
Moving back home will be as ‘easy as pie,’ so you thought! Afterall you spent more than half your life here. Your neighbours are still the same, there’s still a Spar and the weather hasn’t changed either! But often you feel like a stranger…
We waved goodbye and boarded the Air Malawi plane one last time. Soon we’d be back in South Africa and living in my home town, Ixopo. The kids would start regular school and I’d finally be free to do what I love doing (opposed to homeschooling) and focus […]
Life can be cheap in Africa, and this weekend my parents experienced it firsthand. 50/50, my dad said. It was 50/50 as to whether they would come out alive or would be found dead together, husband and wife, lying side by side in a pool of blood in […]
I didn’t realize how much the Apartheid experience had kept me in its clutches until I lived in Mozambique for a number of years. I was 10 years old when they released Mandela. I am now in my mid-thirties. And still to this day, I battle on with […]