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 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…

Talking to strangers…

A true short story of one of my favourite random meetings. It was my last full day in London before my 8pm flight that evening. It was a warm, bright, sunny London day and I was running low on cash so, avoiding the lure of the shops, I opted to walk one of my favourite … Continue reading Talking to strangers…

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…

35 pieces of thankfulness for my 35 years…

Tomorrow I turn 35. While it is the age, I have been informed, that my fertility apparently drops off the proverbial cliff (poetic!), researchers have also said that it is the age at which women peak - becoming more confident and happier. A few years ago I wrote this post on my birthday, reflecting on … Continue reading 35 pieces of thankfulness for my 35 years…

It’s time. {On the invisibility cloak…}

It's time. It's time to talk about all of this.... this strange twilight zone that we seem to be living in. This endless confronting news cycle. This overwhelming media assault. This strange counter-argument that keeps creeping in, seemingly to justify or give some explanation for the wreckage that has been left behind by this patriarchal … Continue reading It’s time. {On the invisibility cloak…}