Magic Man: Part 2

And so the story continued as we sang our way along the grey and busy highway of Gauteng, heading toward the beautiful guesthouse that Magic Man had so kindly arranged for me. There was something so beautiful in this act of kindness, a notion of feeling seen and understood, taking all the physical pressure off…

Florence…for one.

2020, the year when international travel was stopped in its tracks. Where flights were grounded, trains were stopped, boats tied up to the harbour walls. No movement, no coffee shops, no smiles – masks, hand sanitiser, quarantine and Corona were the words on everybody’s hidden lips. A year baked in fear, sensationalised by media and…

….The Magic Man

I want to share a story with you about an encounter that changed my perception of romantic relationships. My reason for sharing it is that I hope it could give the one person who might have given up on love or who might be thinking about settling, a little nudge to wait to be seen,…

A stew in Liguria

I understand my privilege. I understand that my work has given me an opportunity to be in a part of the world that very few people are able to explore, without being locals, right now. But I also understand that it would be wasteful to not embrace this unique opportunity and wild to not feel…

Genoa…a love/hate relationship

When I found out, last year, that I was coming back to Genoa, my heart sank.  To me, it was grey, old and dirty.  There was so little to do and there were far more interesting cities to stay in.  Given, we were going to be here for a very long time.  Fast forward 7…

2 Valuable Lessons learnt

2018 was a year of unraveling for me.  Facing some demons.  Achieving some goals and for the first time in my life living intentionally.  At the beginning of the year I had put some serious thought into what I wanted, what I needed and what it would take for me to achieve both of those…

Picking My Castle – Sintra

I had seen Sintra on Instagram.  I had seen Pena Palace more specifically and I had my sights set on going to this colourful castle set high above the trees.  What I never knew is that yes, while Pena Palace is a sight to see, the rest of Sintra is equally entrancing, equally beautiful. Serra…

A grandfather’s Port

One of my most memorable encounters on our trip through Porto, was a truly beautiful one with Hugo, our tour guide’s grandparents, Ana and Manuel. I am going to back up a little to give some details. Jamie, my younger sister, had spent all night the night before stressing about finding the perfect and most…

The beginners guide to Portugal by Van

Waking up like this has been a dream for me for a while.  Parking a van in a hard to reach place, opening up the doors and having your morning coffee in a new spot every day.  It became something I had to do. And so, I write this article to assist you, if you,…