A Year of Rhythm and Beats: Sounds and Music from a Grand Tour

2018-05-10T20:23:05+07:00By |

I grew up in a family where everyone played at least two or three musical instruments. That’s not a boast. I had to listen to musical scales being played on piano every day during my childhood. For three hours. Every day. I placed my fingers in my ears while cello, violin and viola practice was taking [...]

Learning Swahili from the Locals

2018-11-26T11:00:53+07:00By |

Learning Swahili from the locals in the Masai Mara was part of the Kenya experience. Every person we met made an effort to teach us a word or two. Imagine how much better we'd all communicate if that enthusiasm for sharing language was global. “Jambo! (hello!),” the security guy cheerfully calls out to us as [...]

Local Knowledge: Caroline and Tira from the Masai Mara

2018-11-25T17:28:40+07:00By |

In our latest interview in our Local Knowledge series, we get insider advice from locals Caroline and Tira, a guest relations manager and guide from the Sarova Mara Camp in the Masai Mara in Kenya. After spending 10 months in holiday rentals, it made a nice change to stay in a hotel again — especially a [...]

Going to the Masai Mara to Glimpse The Great Migration

2019-06-07T13:32:53+07:00By |

Going to the Masai Mara to glimpse the Great Migration had been on my wish list for many years. While we didn't get to see the spectacle as hoped, we did get to do the sort of wildlife watching we'd always dreamt of doing and it was unforgettable. I don’t think there’s anyone who goes [...]

Shopping List — what things cost in Diani Beach, Kenya

2018-11-26T11:00:53+07:00By |

Soon after we arrived at Diani Beach, we went and did the usual grocery shop that we do when we arrive at a place, just like we’ve done at every destination on our grand tour this year. We did a big shop. Due to the relative isolation of our accommodation, at the far end of [...]

Down at Diani Beach

2018-05-10T15:47:53+07:00By |

When it comes to wonderful beaches around the world, Diani Beach doesn’t immediately spring to mind, yet we quickly discovered that the place is popular with travellers looking to top or tail their safari trip with some sun, sea and sand. Being Australian, I’m pretty opinionated when it comes to beaches. I love the breathtakingly [...]

Our Home Away from Home at Diani Beach, Mombasa, Kenya

2018-11-26T11:01:05+07:00By |

It was reassuring to have someone from our holiday rental in Diani Beach, Kenya, greet us at Mombasa airport after dealing with the rude, unsympathetic staff of Kenyan Airways who couldn’t manage to get our bags on the same flight as us on the first leg of our journey from South Africa. Less reassuring was [...]

Our Home Away from Home in Camps Bay, Cape Town

2015-08-01T17:39:33+07:00By |

A warm, welcoming and well-appointed family home at Camps Bay is our ‘home away from home’ in Cape Town, South Africa. A five-minute stroll from the white-sand beach, with a swimming pool in the sunny garden, a piano in the living room, and stunning views of Table Mountain, ‘The Bayleaf’ is a wonderful place to [...]

The Rhythm of Daily Life and Rue Bab Doukkala

2019-04-22T15:57:36+07:00By |

A teenage Moroccan girl in her school uniform of white shirt, navy blue tunic, backpack, and ponytail artfully carries several trays of flat rounds of dough covered in checked tea towels. A little boy scoots by her, his backpack slung over his shoulder, a tray of unmade bread balanced high on one hand like a [...]

North African Chakchouka recipe

2019-06-17T18:25:38+07:00By |

This North African Chakchouka recipe (Poached Eggs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce) recipe comes from Tunesia, but is found right across North Africa. After I had gained the confidence of Jamila, the cook and manager of our riad, after cooking her this chakchouka (above), she described several recipes in the book, saying how she’d do [...]