Taste of Greece

The warm sun on my face, the fresh breeze of the sea and all I can see in front of me is an undisturbed view of the ocean blue which merges seamlessly with the blue sky and the white beach creates a brilliant contrast. Blue and white everywhere around. My quintessential moment is disturbed by the…

Safety guidelines for an incident free safari

We woke up to news that an American tourist was killed by a lion at the Lion Park in South Africa by violating the most visible rule at the park: Keep Windows at all times. A few months ago I posted what I called Wildest Africa: Rules of Engagement. It was directed at behaviour that…

Does this make me a bad traveler?

So here I was soaking in my bathtub reading this book, The Speech Angel that I took from a friend’s library mostly because of the cover. It reminded me of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns except that this one is about India, Bombay in particular, whilst the latter is about Afghanistan. Now I wasn’t…

Parys: No.1 adventure destination for Joburgers?

Parys, the pride of the Orange Free State is located about a hundred kilometers South of Johannesburg, and it is competing hard with Magaliesburg for being the no.1 destination where Joburgers go for some adventure. Granted that Magalies is closer and benefits from amazing caves complexes, congregation of breweries, and stunning farms, I think Parys deserves the recognition…

Little India

Fordsburg can be considered the little India of Johannesburg. The area has survived a violent past, most times we forget how much blood was spilled in this town for us to be able to inhabit it freely at this point. Last weekend I took my friend to our much-anticipated Mayfair/Fordsburg outing. They are the South…

Franschoek: The Food and Wine Capital of SA

The best day of my week long Cape Town getaway, without a doubt, was in Franschoek. Give a girl some world class wine, Master Chef cuisine (really), gelato, and her beau to walk around soaking in the 18th century architecture on a beautiful sunny day and it is perfection. Dubbed the food and wine capital…

Cape of Good Hope

I stood on the edge of the most Southern tip of Africa with a cool breeze on my face, the most delicious air I have ever tasted and I had to ask:”with all man’s genius and the technology advances, why hasn’t anyone attempted to recreate this. Some special air conditioner, something!” It was clean and…

Table Mountain

Table Mountain has made it onto the list of new seven natural wonders along with the Amazon, Iguazu fall, and the Ha Long Bay in Vietnam amongst the most known. And to be honest until now, that is having been there, I just thought Cape Townians were so full of themselves to declare that mass of sediment…

A case of selective amnesia

I have only hiked twice in my life. Both occasions were this year. You’d think the memory of the first hike would have been fresh enough to deter me from making any such attempts ever again. And there’s also that disappointment of glorious views promised that don’t materialize. Don’t mention the cold, or the treacherous…

Things we love about India

Wi-fi. It’s everywhere, faster than my work fixed line internet, and mostly free. The underground train system. The best way to travel across the city, no traffic jams and it’s air-conditioned. The gardens/parks. They are everywhere, a tomb, observatory, a palace all have beautiful gardens installed, and they are well maintained. Provides a great escape…

Houses of Horrors

After my visit to the Cambodia Genocide Museum in Phnom Pehn I realised that I could have used with a heads-up or guide as to how to deal with all that I saw. Coming from South Africa I thought I’d seen a good measure of the dark side of human nature, I was wrong. Here about…