I had a temperature today…

I had a temperature today. With the flush of my cheeks I felt a wave of panic and nausea. I wiped the sweat from my upper lip and breathed hard to make sure I didn't cough. No cough came. And yet. I had a temperature today. As I felt the heat from my body rise … Continue reading I had a temperature today…

#stayhome

It's strange. This in between world that we exist in right now. Half the world believes they are invincible and the other half hides in fear of the invincible knocking on their door. You see, it doesn't matter if you are invincible. The majority of people are not. In fact, the majority of the holders … Continue reading #stayhome

On staying sane while social distancing…

https://youtu.be/Oeuy_1M1rzg They call it 'social distancing' and many say it is our best bet for flattening the curve and slowing the rate of infection of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. The preventative measures of washing hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and self-isolating if sick all make perfect sense and are backed by scientific research which … Continue reading On staying sane while social distancing…

On epidemics, education and connection…

When the World Health Organisation declared that the COVID-19 virus was a global health emergency, a whole manner of elements of daily life got shut down. While the majority of this shut-down and the quarantines are centred on China and the provinces around the epicentre, Wuhan, here in neighbouring Vietnam, we have been feeling the … Continue reading On epidemics, education and connection…

On luck and privilege…

“It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve … Continue reading On luck and privilege…

On confusing control with love…

When the rapper T.I. publicly stated this week that he takes his teenage daughter to the gynaecologist to check if her 'hymen is still intact', the world let out a collective "Uh, what???". The backlash was well-deserved as people took to social media to condemn the father's actions. In a series of tweets denouncing T.I.'s … Continue reading On confusing control with love…

On free-fall and new beginnings…

It's been 3 months since I arrived in Vietnam and 4 months since I left my home of four years in Tanzania. Moving and changing locations every few years has been my forever story. Rarely one to stay put for long, I find myself getting the four-year-itch and feeling the urge for new adventures and … Continue reading On free-fall and new beginnings…