“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.
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 [...]
A funny thing happened at the beginning of this year that I've been mulling over every day since. I'd just got back to Cape Town after three weeks' holiday in rainy England for Christmas and [...]