South Africa: Namibia & Richtersveld

Die pad ist lang (the road is long, “Namibian” German)  Previously, “Namibia, Week 1″… Wednesday: Tonight I have been watching the sun set behind the hill, hoping that some kudu might provide a nice silhouette, but no luck today. On the animal front, earlier I had spotted some new birds and again heard the fish eagle,…

Namibia – week 1

Several years ago I went in this fantastic trip with my sister and her husband, which I “published” on a different site. So, as I am soon to undertake another southern African adventure, here’s a re-revisit, in several parts. 2013 (I think)… This trip to Namibia and South Africa started from London Heathrow Terminal 5…

A short visit to Bavaria / Bayern

It’s been a while since I visited Germany and it was about time to hear a speak German again, do some reading, just enjoy.  Weilheim in Oberbayern, south of Munich, is always a good target, gemütlich, has good beer and food, and is close to the mountains and Munich. The local politics are too conservative for my…

Dreaming of Africa

I have a dream of returning to Africa. leaving behind the rat race, feeling the sun touch me…

Windhoek – Swakopmund; Namibia 2016

Sunrise is at around 06:00 and I get out of bed a few minutes earlier in time to see the sun pop over the horizon, for me the most beautiful part of the day, so full of promise. The day brightens up very quickly at these latitudes and within an hour it is warm enough…

Namibia 2016: Relaxing & planning for a trip

The blue dawn shows itself over the horizon. It’s time to get up; Knaaters the cat and I go outside and watch the sun rise slowly, a half moon overhead. Surrounding us is a serenade of sounds, not intrusive, welcoming in the new day. Then I walk through the garden with Knaaters alongside me, looking at…

Namibia 2016…

The first full day in Namibia was rather relaxed. I walked around the garden taking photographs of the flowers, some beetles and butterflies, then watched an old video (1987) of Fiela se Kind (Fiela’s Child), based on the book by Dalene Mathee. The evening in Namibia was spent sitting outside at sunset (18:55) chin wagging about…

A quick visit to Rome

Over the last 10 years I have been to Italy quite a few times, mainly Milan and its environs, while a previous same-day in-out trip to Rome did not allow for any sightseeing. Not that I had much time on this trip, but I could spare a few hours. The trip had a somewhat unfortunate…

Namibia & Botswana (2014; 2/2)

The previous part of the journey had gone via Windhoek, Namibia, to the Central Kalahari game reserve, Botswana, back to Windhoek, down to the Fish river canyon and back again to Windhoek.  Our next trip would head west to Swakopmund through the Namib desert, taking the C26 gravel road from Windhoek.  An early start took…

London: Camden Town (2016)

Camden Town in London, UK, is one of those “arty” boroughs that is on the to-do list of probably every tourist. Here is a flavour of this borough:

Namibia & Botswana (2014; 1/2)

The intrigue and wildness of Botswana had infected us during our first visit to this beautiful country in 2012.  Thus, we planned a follow-up trip, again starting our adventure in Windhoek, Namibia.  A few days of downtime were planned, which gave time to acclimatise, do some bird watching, and plan and shop for our trip….