“We see in order to move; we move in order to see” – William Gibson
I am a British journalist, writer and wanderer with darting eyes and stolen shoes. And a giant-sized carbon footprint.
After travelling to more than 50 countries worldwide, I came to South Africa on a wing and a prayer and a one way ticket in 2008, in search of sunshine/sunburn and stories from across the African continent.
And I’m still here, 13 African countries later and, hopefully, a little bit the wiser. So come take a walk with me – I’ll hold your hand if you like, as I lead you down the path to God knows where. It’s not the destination that counts after all, it’s the journey.
Dancers in Brazzaville, Congo. Picture taken by the author When I was studying Media and Writing at the University of Cape Town (UCT), I seem to remember there were a few lectures about [...]
Image courtesy of Alain Bachellier I read Ernest Hemingway's 'A Moveable Feast' and George Orwell's 'Down and Out in Paris in London' in my late teens, and for some years afterwards I had [...]
It's a strange and disconcerting feeling: looking on from a distance as the place where you were born and raised changes -- slowly at first, then suddenly at breakneck speed -- into something you no [...]
Image courtesy of Josh John I've always had a certain scepticism about the so-called "cultural villages" that are dotted along many of southern Africa and East Africa's tourist routes. Even before I'd reluctantly [...]
A couple of years ago when I was on assignment in the Eastern Cape, I went out on a educational trip into the Amatole mountains with a local man who we shall call simply Piet. [...]
It’s been a while since I found myself here: far from my home and my usual routine, trying to tease out meaning from the assault of stimulus that I feel when travelling. The venue for [...]
One of the things I hear repeatedly from middle-class Capetonians is that "Cape Town is so small". I'll say at the outset that I can see where this feeling stems from. It's true that if [...]