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…

On endings and beginnings…

"We delight in the beauty of a butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou I'm in transition again. My chapter here in beautiful Tanzania is coming to a close and, as of August this year, I'm starting a new chapter in Hanoi, Vietnam. It feels … Continue reading On endings and beginnings…

A Forest Frozen in Time – Namibia

The Namib Desert is a stunning place to visit. With endless giant sand dunes, rusted red by the iron content of the area, you find yourself mesmerised by the way they curve and lean with the wind, growing higher and higher by the day as each tiny particle of sand is deposited on the top. … Continue reading A Forest Frozen in Time – Namibia

Why Girl’s Education Matters…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e8xgF0JtVg When a girl has self-belief and is supported by her family and community; when she's empowered with skills, ideas and knowledge; when she has access to services, role models and other girls: when she is visible and vocal - she can demand to stay in school, to get healthcare, and to get married and … Continue reading Why Girl’s Education Matters…

On tragedy and a city in mourning…

The city I live in here in Tanzania is in mourning. Last weekend, 33 children, two teachers and a driver were killed in an horrific bus accident. The final year primary school pupils were on their way to sit their exams. All of those killed were from the same small village on the outskirts of … Continue reading On tragedy and a city in mourning…

On being in love with this pale blue dot…

22nd April is Earth Day and this blog is dedicated to that very subject - our beautiful home planet. Carl Sagan was inspired to write his book Pale Blue Dot after seeing an image taken, at Sagan's suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990. As the spacecraft left our planetary neighborhood for the fringes … Continue reading On being in love with this pale blue dot…

A tale of forest scrambles and sitting with chimpanzees…

Set against the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the far west of Tanzania, Mahale Mountains National Park is one of Tanzania’s most remote and isolated parks, accessible only by small aircraft and by boat, and deep in the jungle of the Mahale Mountains live over 800 wild chimpanzees. Having spent the previous day trekking for … Continue reading A tale of forest scrambles and sitting with chimpanzees…