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Ten Seconds with a Leopard at the Masai Mara

Ten Seconds with a Leopard at the Masai Mara

Our safari guide, Edward, is his usual cheery self when we meet at 6.15am for an early morning game drive. As Edward has already shown us the Big Five — the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino — on the previous two days’ drives, he is...
Touring Cape Town’s Townships

Touring Cape Town’s Townships

Faldela had already taught us the meaning of Ubuntu – sharing, interconnectedness, being open and available – and we would see it in action during a day spent touring the townships of Cape Town. There had been no question about it. We had to visit...
Fear and Larceny in Buenos Aires

Fear and Larceny in Buenos Aires

The image above is that of the interior of Comisaría 25°, the police station on Avenue Scalabrini Ortíz in Palermo, Buenos Aires, where we recently spent a few hours late one night, or rather, very early one morning. After two decades travelling together and five...
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Mexico City

Frida Kahlo with a monkey on one shoulder, a black cat on the other, and lush jungle-like vegetation in the background. It was that painting by the artist that first captivated me and motivated me to travel to Mexico. Yes, it was a painting that...
Learning the Texas Two Step at an Austin Honky Tonk

Learning the Texas Two Step at an Austin Honky Tonk

We didn’t need much encouragement to get us to The Broken Spoke, Austin’s famous honky tonk country dance hall. Getting me on the dance floor, however, was another thing, and involved a bit of trickery on the part of Rusty Irons, who had brought us...
Lower East Side Immigrant Stories at the Tenement Museum

Lower East Side Immigrant Stories at the Tenement Museum

We visit the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side of New York to learn more about the immigrant stories that have shaped the East Village and Alphabet City neighbourhoods where we’re spending our time. The multicultural make-up of the East Village and Alphabet City, our...