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…

Namibia 2016: That cat & the first few days…

Slowly I descended down the stairs of the aircraft, breathing the heat-laden and dust-filled air of Namibia. Breathe in, this will do you good! Namibia is my favourite country: wonderful, welcoming people, desert country with lots to see for those of a discovering ilk, sunshine and “that” cat. Knaaters belongs to my sister and her…

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…

What is the world coming to?

I was travelling from London to Rome this morning when I heard the terrible news about the bombings in Brussels, which comes after the New York, London & Paris attacks, war in Syria, Iraq etc., the refugee crisis, breakdown of the welfare system in many countries, desecration of wildlife habits… in short, I despair. It…

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….

Education overview: Clinical laboratory technicians in Sierra Leone

During December 2015, I had the privilege of working in the Public Health England (PHE) Ebola diagnostic laboratories in Port Loko and Makeni, Sierra Leone, where I met and worked with several of the local clinical laboratory staff: Hassan Bangura, Bockarie Koroma and Sorie Kargbo. I had met and worked with Hassan Bangura (picture below)…

Makeni & Freetown, Sierra Leone

The Sunday before Christmas was spent in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We went for a long walk around the city (approx. 12 km), first along Lumley beach and returning via Wilkinson and Aberdeen roads. The beach was filled with football games while the other side of the road contains many new building sites; a sign of economic…

Sierra Leone – the second time around

A second deployment to the Port Loko, Sierra Leone, ETC commenced with an early morning flight on 13 December from Heathrow to Brussels and then on to Lungi Airport in Sierra Leone (ETC: Ebola Treatment Centre).  The airport was the usual chaos, with more queues than immigration officials and the luggage belt was a 5-deep…

Travelblog: Okavango delta, Botswana (2012)

Our trip started with a few days in Windhoek, Namibia, staying at Kapps Farm with my sister and her husband.  A few days were spent relaxing and getting ready for our first trip to Botswana, with a Range Rover on loan. Day one of the trip was a drive from Windhoek to Maun in Botswana, about…