One of my favourite Cathedrals in England is definitely Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire. I have visited this Cathedral a couple of times now and every time I have been amazed at the beauty and architecture of this Cathedral. Ely is only a 25 minute drive from my parents house so it is one of the first places my mother takes any visitors from South-Africa. The … Continue reading Ely Cathedral, a wonder of the Middle Ages
One of my first great adventures was exploring England, nearly ten years ago. Very high on my England Travel wish-list was definitely the much speculated about Stonehenge. It is one of the mystical places where it seems nobody actually knows what it was used for or by whom it was built. It is surrounded in mystery and your imagination can run wild with all the … Continue reading Stonehenge, Home of Magic, Druids and Pagan Rituals
Since I became aware of Dali and his surrealist paintings he has been my art hero. I have been to every Dali exhibition I could attend so I jumped at the chance of getting to see his theatre-museum in Spain. We took the train from Barcelona up North, to a town called Figueres. The building is quite easy to spot as it is painted a … Continue reading My Art Hero, Dalí’s Theatre-Museum
My friend and I backpacked through Spain for a month in 2005 and we started our Spanish adventure by attending the running of the bulls in Pamplona. The bullrun is part of the festival of San Fermines, a festival that runs between July 6 and 14th each year. The first ‘race’ is held on July 7th, and then each morning thereafter. Bull running is on … Continue reading Think twice before running with the Bulls
I think there is no better way to spend your summer mornings in Moscow than walking around and enjoying the sunshine and the many parks it has to offer. The parks were all filled with brightly coloured flowers and loads of people out to soak up the sunshine. As I entered the park the smell of flowers and the sound of the big water fountains … Continue reading Tsaritsyno, Catherine the Greats’ Park in Moscow
Bullfighting in Spain is deeply controversial. It is called a “fine art” by its supporters and a “blood sport” by its critics. Years ago, during the famous bullrun, I had the opportunity to watch a live bullfight in Pamplona, Spain. I have always associated Spain with bullfights so it came as no surprise that I would want to watch a bullfight while being in Spain. … Continue reading The Blood sport Bullfighting should be banned.
Everyone wants to ride an elephant when they travel to Asia. Including me. Unfortunately it was only afterwards that I learned the disturbing truth about this popular activity. All I thought about was how incredible it would be to sit atop a massive 9 foot tall, 4 ton beast while lumbering through the rivers and jungle of Bali. I couldn’t wait to get a photo of me … Continue reading Would you ride an elephant in Bali?
I have lived in a couple of different countries teaching English and one of the strangest places was South Korea. I moved to South Korea from Vietnam just before new years to teach at a winter camp for 1 month during January ’08. Not only was it a big culture shock it was also a huge adjustment to move from the tropical weather of Ho … Continue reading Culture shock in South Korea
For more than 1000 years fishermen in Yangshuo have used trained cormorants to fish in the rivers. Going out on the Li River at night to watch these fishermen at work is one of the most popular activities of Yanshuo’s nightlife. This way of fishing has existed in china for generations and over the years, it has become a way to earn money and attract the tourist. … Continue reading Cormorant Fishing in Yangshuo
Just as geisha is synonymous with Japan so is sumo. I was fortunate enough to be in Japan during one of their six Grand Sumo tournaments and wasn’t going to miss it. My friends, Michael, Shaun and I headed of to The Sumo Hall at Ryogoku Kokugikan Station in Tokyo, early morning to be there in time for the cheap seats. By 11am all the cheaper seats were sold … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Experiencing Sumo Wrestling in Tokyo!!
One of my most memorable experiences was watching the sunrise while floating along the Mekong River in Vietnam with my mom. The Mekong River is the 12th longest river in the world. It is about 2,700 miles long and flows through China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. My mom came to visit me in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam where I was living and … Continue reading Sunrise on the Mekong River
To experience the cuisine of the country I love trying out the local places. It is here that you get a true taste of the culture as the dishes are not prepared for tourists or changed according to tourist expectations. While living in Japan I came across this very quaint and small restaurant slash bar in the neighbourhood where I lived. This little place became my … Continue reading Becoming the “Local Foreigner” in Japan
My very last outing while living in Chile was to the Valle Nevado a ski resort located at 46 km to the east of Santiago, the capital of Chile. It is on the El Plomo foothills in the Andes Mountains and was already covered in snow although this was only the start of winter. I was cutting my stay in Chile short and had so … Continue reading On top of the Andes
The Moscow Kremlin is a symbol of the Russian State and probably known as one of the most secretive places ever! This beautiful building is one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, and I got the chance to walk around inside these red walls! After moving to Moscow I couldn’t wait to explore the wonders of the Kremlin, to see this place that I have heard … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Inside the Secretive Kremlin
The David’s Tower museum in Jerusalem is where Jesus was said to have been condemned, it was interesting but a bit of a let down compared to all the other sites in Jerusalem. The audio guide was definitely useless!! But walking around the tower and museum was still worth it all. Built to strengthen a strategically weak point in the Old City’s defenses, the citadel that stands … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Towers and Markets in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is filled with so many beautiful and historic places that after a week of exploring this city, I still hadn’t seen everything I wanted to see. Early morning I met up with one of the other hostel ocupants, the Canadian girl, Bobbi who went with me to the Dome of Rock where Abraham had to sacrifice Isaac. The Muslims built a beautiful mosque covering this rock. … Continue reading Jerusalem’s Dome of Rock Mosque
I took my family on the hop on hop off red bus tour of Cape Town and one of the main stops was the Castle Of Good Hope. I actually live just down the street from the Castle, a star or pentagonal shaped fort built in the 17th century here in Cape Town, South Africa. Its position, although unremarkable today, indicates the original position of the shoreline, which, thanks … Continue reading Exploring South Africa’s oldest colonial building
Saturday 24 December 2011 At 3o’clock the afternoon on my first day in Israel I joined the Abraham hostel tour to Bethlehem. Unfortunately the guide was absolutely useless, he didn’t give us any extra information about the area or even tell us where we were going or what we were going to see. He took us to the Shepherd’s Field first. “And there were shepherds … Continue reading Christmas night in Bethlehem, Israel!!
Living here in Cape Town, South-Africa, we are quite spoiled for things to do and places to see so its sometimes hard to make up ones mind of what you are going to do that day. Not letting a lovely sunny day go to waste, my friend Lara and I decided to take the Metrorail train from Cape Town to Simons Town. This was going … Continue reading First South-African train ride!
One of my most memorable experiences in China was getting to attend a Chinese cooking class with my mom. We got to make 3 different Chinese dishes, of which, only 2 of ours were actually edible. Our first dish, some kind of egg plant and veggie dish was so oily that neither one of us could stomach it. We definitely learnt the hard way that … Continue reading Attending a local cooking class in China was a highlight!
Kolomenskoye is one of tMoscows most beautiful parks. Especially in spring when it is covered in colourful tulips. The park is only a short metro ride from the center of the city, but once you are here you forget that you are surrounded by high rise buildings and only a stones throw away from Moscows industrial area. As I walked from the metro station at Kolomenskoye I thought … Continue reading Tulips, Pigeon poop, Water and Church Bells.
When my Russian friends Alexander and Anastasia heard that I have never actually ice-skated before, they took it upon themselves to teach me. They picked me up early one Saturday morning and we headed out to their weekend house ( Datcha) just outside of Moscow close to a small town named Shishken. Their weekend house looks like a log cabin out of a movie. It is situated right … Continue reading The foreigner tries ice-skating in Russia
I am absolutely terrified of heights and looking over the edge of a mountain scares me to no end. But I do believe that, once a year, I should do something that scares the hell out of me. When I read about taking a hot-air balloon and drifting across the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey, I decided that this would be my brave thing … Continue reading The number ONE way to experience Cappadocia
While living in Ho Chi Minh City I tried to experience everything about the Vietnamese Culture and decided to try something ” Vietnamese”. So I went out and signed up at a local pagoda in my neighbourhood for Kung-fu classes. I was so excited at the prospect of learning a martial art that I didn’t even flinch when I found out the class was in Vietnamese … Continue reading The foreigner tries Kung-Fu
The first week I was in Moscow I couldnt wait to explore the iconic Red square and my wanderings took me into St Basils Cathedral with its ice-cream coloured onion domes. This Cathedral represents Moscow on so many postcards and photos that it has become one of the first things people think of when Moscow is mentioned. This beautiful and very colourful Cathedral was erected over the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Amazing Saint Basil’s Cathedral!!
I loved the narrow three story house tucked away at the end of the alley where we lived in Ho Chi Minh city,Vietnam. Three of my co-teachers and I shared this house, in one of the Northern Suburbs, far away from the touristy areas of the city. This was the perfect place to experience the culture as I did my shopping at the local fruit and … Continue reading Unwanted Night visitor in my room
Ho Chi Minh City is filled with skyscrapers, ancient temples, motorbikes, people on bicycles and more motorbikes. While living in Ho Chi Minh I got myself a canary yellow 1969 super cup motorbike, which I named Buttercup. It couldn’t go faster than 60km per hour but in a city as crowded as Ho Chi Minh City I rarely needed to go faster. The streets are overcrowded … Continue reading Surviving My 3 Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City
My Russian adventure officially started September 2010! The unknown, the secretiveness of Moscow acted like a magnet for me. Since I can remember I have always been interested in finding out what actually goes on behind the “iron curtain”. I grabbed at the chance to work and live in Moscow and couldn’t wait to start my adventure. Although I was already scared of the cold winters that I … Continue reading My struggle for my first cup of coffee in Moscow
A perfect summers day is spending a couple of hours walking through the extensive gardens or Babylonstoren and ending it with a delicious winetasting session or with lunch at the Babylonstoren glasshouse. Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm in the Western Cape with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. The Babylonstoren garden is at the heart of this wine farm. … Continue reading 5 Things that make Babylonstoren Enchanting
I live 10min drive from the most beautiful garden in Africa, and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is set against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain and definitely lives up to its reputation. The entry into this beautiful garden is R45 so its well worth to pack yourself a picnic basket and to spend a … Continue reading The most Beautiful Garden in Africa
From Houtbay Harbour you can go on seal cruises to seal island where if you are very lucky you will also get to some sharks in action as they love hunting these seals. But I didnt have to go on one of these cruises to see a seal up close. HoutBay harbour has its own resident seal who has partly become a tourist attraction. During … Continue reading Posing Seal in HoutBay
When visiting Ephesus in Turkey I was greeted by the remains of a magnificent ancient culture and people of which today nearly nothing remains. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. According to myth the founder of Ephesus was a prince of Athens named Androklos, who … Continue reading Ephesus home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World