“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.
The Congo River, courtesy of the author All the paranoia about getting through the airport proved to be ill-founded. My clever concealment of various camera lenses inside pairs of socks buried deep down [...]
Dear 2016, With just a few days to go before 2017 takes over the reigns, public scrutiny of your twelve-month world tenure has reached fever pitch. As I'm sure you're aware by now, your approval [...]
Image courtesy of Alfonso Cardenas Ortega It's taken me a while to feel brave enough to write this post. Long enough that I've forgotten what exactly the racist old Afrikaans man said to [...]
Bela Bela, one of a handful of racially diverse tourism spaces in South Africa Considering that I'm a travel writer, I must admit I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to [...]
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 [...]