Chief Stew diaries: GUEST ARRIVAL

“All crew, all crew…guests car has come through the port gates, eta, 2 minutes.” “Interior, copy” “Deck, copy.” 22 crew stand on the aft deck, in epaulets, at attention, ready to shake the hands of 8 new guests. 5 days of 13-hour work days (at least) to “turn the boat over” 2 days of non-stop…

Jumping Ship 2019.

It’s been the craziest thing getting to the age of 32 and “retiring” from my career. In some ways, there was no other option, given that whole female ticking body clock thing, but in other ways the time felt right anyway. I am a reflective person and so I guess, the last 7 weeks has…

Magic Man: Part 3

And from there, our romance unfolded in the most natural and uncomplicated way. Well, possibly complicated only by the fact that we lived in 2 different provinces. But we spent the time flying between each other’s cities. I met his family and he met mine. The most incredible and freeing part of the relationship was…

Kindness

I am sitting in Turkey, feeling incredibly humbled by the acts of kindness I have had come my way today. And as I sit here, journaling these acts of kindness – a reel of kindness and generosity I have experienced in my life comes flooding back. The generosity of spirit is beautiful. It is so…

My only island.

I’m at a strange juncture in my life, where I realise that a large portion of my life, has been lived outside of my own body. I have spent my life living to everybody else’s expectations and needs. Sometimes, in breaking this all down, I don’t even know where their needs end and my needs…

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…