South Africa: Richtersveld & Namaqaland

Spring “vygies”, Namaqaland Coastal Reserve, South Africa Previously…. South Africa: Namibia & Richtersveld Sunday: We left our riverbed campsite to continue south towards the Namibia/South Africa border via a quick refuel and re-stock in the zinc-mining town of Rosh Pina. The Orange river is the border at this point and we crossed over at Sendlingsdrif on a…

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…

The University of Surrey turns 50 (#Surrey50)

This week the University of Surrey celebrates 50 years in Guildford, having originated from Battersea Polytechnic (https://www.surrey.ac.uk/).  The celebrations started with fireworks on Wednesday this week, which was preceded by some good music (does anybody recall the name of the first band?), including a Beatles tribute band, and food stalls – who can resist a Kung…

A new journey – Fresher’s week at Uni

The academic year has started a new cycle with Fresher’s Week at Surrey and the real deal starting next week. The faces keep getting younger, not really, I just get older. The first few weeks of university, or any new challenge for that matter, is quite scary and I can see that on faces during…

Dreaming of Africa

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

A stroll on the South Bank, London

It’s been a few months since I took a leisurely visit to London. I have been hiding in my “cave”, away from the realities of life and the anxiety caused by crowds of people.  Then, earlier this week, Dr Raymond gave me a bit of a butt kicking; I should get my camera out, go somewhere,…

Dorob Nature Reserve; Namibia 2016

We spent a day in the coastal resort of Swakopmund,  where we restocked and got a permit for the Dorob Nature Reserve. Swakopmund is a quaint little town that has somewhat of a colonial Germany flavour (Namibia was a German colony prior to 1914), especially in terms of the architecture and to some extent the…