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Had you asked me a year ago, the direction in which I thought my life might be headed, or which country I saw myself living in, I know without a doubt that ‘Uganda’ would not have been among my first 100 guesses. Sitting in a dark, dilapidated, local cafe in downtown Kampala, waiting for my [...]
It’s chilly in Paris today, as I walk the winding alleyways of Montmatre, no particular destination in mind. The cobbled streets are wearing my boots thin and I already feel a pang of nostalgia for the peasant artists who once roamed this neighbourhood. Making my way down one of the many steep roads, I stumble [...]
Paris: The fashion capital of world; home to some of the world’s best wine, finest cuisine and most renowned museums. Who knew then, that living in Paris could be entirely un-glamorous – especially if you don’t dress the part? Monday, 1 January, 2007. I arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle, 19, a virgin and absolutely [...]
Head on a plate “You use a pair of garden scissors to cut the hair off the head,” explains the woman selling the sheeps’ heads. “Then, you can burn off the rest with a lighter or over the fire. After that you scrub the head clean with this” – she picks up a green scrubbing [...]
The sun sets over the distant horizon as I make my way through the narrow, busy streets of Khayelitsha’s Site C in my Uno Fiat. Smoke fills the air and the smell of braai meat is everywhere. Fruit stands abound; people cross the street without warning; minibus taxis zoom about, impervious to stop signs. It [...]
Most of us don’t think carefully enough about the long list of expenses and hidden costs involved in travelling – especially if we’re first-timers to Europe, the most pricey continent on the planet. Often, we set out on holiday with a daily budget in mind, realise it was unrealistic and end up over-spending. Read on [...]
For years friends have been enticing me with their stories of Thailand, always including nostalgic recollections of the white sandy beaches they visited, of the hours of shopping they did (with mere handfuls of cash) and of the food that had them coming back to stuff their faces with more every year. So, finally last [...]