The Rest of Egypt

We can think of Aswan as having started the 2nd leg of our trip in Egypt. After the 14-hour overnight trip there from Cairo, the next few days would be us making our way back and sleeping a few nights in the cities we passed. So from the 3rd day/night the itinerary looked something like…

EGYPT

I was traveling Egypt during this period last year. It must have been the most adventurous trip I had ever taken because to start, 6 days before I was due to travel there was an explosion of a bus carrying Vietnamese travelers killing 4 people and injuring several others. That sets the scene doesn’t it?…

The armed guards wore pompom slippers

If the guards at the Presidential Mansion in Athens were anything to go by, I knew right then that the 8 days that followed would be an adventure of a lifetime. But as it happens with the country at the Southern most tip of Africa, every trip abroad is a lengthy commute. The flight from…

Homes like office parks…

I remember feeling an incredible edge to drive away that Friday night. I was home, my favourite place in the entire world… But that day it felt like walls made to keep me in. I wanted the smell of the sea, the thrill of the open road and the freedom of doing whatever the hell…

Throwback ~ NYC

If New York is anything like it was this time last year… Today is cold but slightly warmer than it has been for the last 2 days, or maybe I’m used to it now. Sunday was eventful, and yesterday I went on one of those free walking tours where you end up paying anyway because…

Volcanoes, a travel inspiration

I fell in love with volcanoes and lava in a geology class. It wasn’t anything specific I loved about them, I just did. I suppose for a curious mind, the idea that rock could boil and flow was mind bending. The idea that the earth’s crust is ~45km thick and somewhere below it is something…

Itchy feet are happy feet

My feet have been itchy for a little while now. I know this because my most popular google search is “countries that don’t require a visa” followed by “flights to …”. A window shopping exercise. It got me thinking about how we make travel decisions. Is it as impulsive as buying an item of clothing or…

It wasn’t real

I worked and lived in the Namakwa region of South Africa. A desert. And that day I had been walking at the back of the office block toward the restroom. It faced the outside of our secluded office. Looking onto vast lands and desert sand. I saw a snake. It was sandy in colour with…

Genesis – What a book

I haven’t written in a little while but I’ve been reading. Wait for it. Towards the end of 2017 I accepted a challenge to read the bible, cover to cover. And I’ve just finished the first book. Genesis. Now that that’s out of the way, the record of creation was a proper mindbend. God created…

Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania

Zanzibar is beautiful. Oh wait, allow me to rephrase, the beaches of Zanzibar are beautiful. The inner land still lacks much infrastructure. But the beaches were beautiful enough to warrant a blanket “Zanzibar is beautiful“. We went there as a group of 5 girls. Let’s just say we got a great deal from Dream World…