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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 12th 2015

This is my last day in Africa and my last day in Johannesburg – and it’s a very special one. The early part of my adventure was all part of the Give Movement Journey 2015 – the activities of the past few days are a result of my master networking skills and abilities, and I mean that in all sincerety. Most of my colleagues continued on to various safari trips after the Give Movement 2015 project. Prior to coming to Africa, I asked my colleague Sandy Salle ( to connect me with some of her contacts in Zimbabwe (this is her native home and she is a very generous soul!). She made the initial introductions and I took it from there – resulting in the start of new relationship with Hema Vallabh, B... read more
Night out with the girls!
Vanessa's pool
Thanks to Vanessa Perumal for hosting us!

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet March 12th 2015

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Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane March 11th 2015

Tonight is our second night in this fantastic Riad, an old (and I mean old in centuries) house that up till 1989 had 31 members of the same family housed here. As the children left to have their own homes, the last 8 relatives decided to turn it into a "Riad" a guest house, small hotel or most like a bed and breakfast. It is huge and and incredibly beautiful. The biggest change was to add a bathroom for every bedroom. I have lots of photos of the intricate handiwork, the mosaics, the carved ivory, etc. Today we went inside the Fes palace walls but not the doors. The king isn't here. When he is there are lots of flags and more guards. Then we went to the old medina. The biggest medina in Morocco, I ... read more
Roadside stand
Our guide's family
The Riad

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn March 10th 2015

Last week's visit to the poort, the pass and Prince Albert included a visit into the belly of the earth, to the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn (the ostrich farm region) That was quite a visit. First because I had to rush to catch the start of the guided tour.... it's not a DIY kind of place. That meant I had 2 minutes flat upon arrival at the reception area, to buy a ticket then run up three levels of long sloping inclines to the start point at the entrance to the caves. I was out of breath and barely breathing but I got there just as the young woman, our guide, started her introduction. It was a well thought out tour..... It begins with all lights being switched off leaving you in a pitch black hole ... read more
Downflow formations are formed directly off the cave walls
Columns form when water drips freely from the cave roof, and deposits  sediment on the cave floor, the two points eventually meet to form a column, after millennia.

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Garden Route March 10th 2015

Leaving the Reed Bed soon to make the long journey back to Cape Town. Where did the time go??? Almost four weeks gone already. In three days I'll be on a flight back to my island! Two very different worlds. What a great experience this trip has been. And you know I still have experiences that I want to blog about to share with you but haven't done so yet.... From the earliest visit, to the Nyanga and Gugulethu townships and the wonderful elder MADOSINI who played her music for us. To the VegTable and other eating experiences. Food here has been a big part of the memories . Here are .... The neighborhood in Wilderness, with its waters and the pounding surf at the beach. The Cango Caves and Map of Africa still to come ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi March 9th 2015

You really have to hand it to the monster corporations sometimes. I have been to places without internet, washing machines or even proper toilets, but never have I yet been more than a few miles away from a Snickers bar and a bottle of Coca-Cola. You could be forgiven for believing that Pringles were the staple food of Zanzibar from a glance around the shops and hotels here. In the supermarkets of Stonetown you can occasionally stumble across a packet of crisps which aren’t presented in the famous tube, but Nungwi Village and the many hotels in the area are stocked from floor to ceiling with Pringles. In my clearly sheltered experience of Pringle flavours, I can only recall coming across Sour Cream and Onion, Original, and perhaps the odd foray into Barbeque. Here, they make ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi March 9th 2015

A couple of weekends ago I took a little trip to Pare Mountains with our house manager, Amani and few of my roomates. Amani is from Pare mountains and organizes weekend trips to his home village which include a canoe trip in Lake Jipe, hiking to Kindoroko peak, visiting local pubs and a homestay at his hospitable Aunty’s house. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to Pare from Moshi by 2 very packed dala dala rides. Once we arrived, we hiked for about an hour up the mountain to Amani’s Aunty’s house. Although we had to hike part of the way in the dark, the view from the mountain was stunning, and the sunset was absolutely beautiful. Once we arrived, we were greeted with welcoming hugs, cold beverages and cheesy Nigerian movies, which I ... read more
Pare Village
Our home away from home

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Plettenberg Bay March 9th 2015

I'm speechless .... Today's experience with three African elephants rescued from traps and my girl Tandy who was cast out from her parade as they could not protect her due to poaching of the adults..... Here the ellies are being taught to overcome the traumas and with success, will one day return to life in the wilderness. Here is the video of that experience which I had at The Crags, in Plettenberg Bay, at the Elephant Sanctuary. Just look. There are no words. read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Alfred March 9th 2015

Deze titel slaat natuurlijk op wat ik afgelopen weekend allemaal heb meegemaakt. Eerst nog een korte terugblik op de rest van afgelopen week. Maandag naar de gemeente geweest over de registratie van de bedrijven waar we mee bezig zijn. We werden letterlijk van het kastje naar de muur gestuurd en zijn in verschillende gebouwen en kantoren geweest tot we bij de juiste persoon aankwamen. Helaas was deze persoon er niet die dag en kwam die woensdag pas weer. Dus we moeten binnenkort weer langs, aangezien het woensdag 34 graden werd en we dan toch liever naar het strand gingen.. (oeps.) Verder hebben we nog wat voorbereidingen gedaan voor onze afspraken met onze projecten. Dinsdag hadden we een aantal lessen s’ochtends en s’middags zijn we naar onze projecten geweest. Eerst zijn we naar de mevrouw geweest die ... read more
Rennen op het strand
Bij m'n stulpje in Zuid Afrika
Lalitha Daycare

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 9th 2015

And another beautiful, sunny morning in Johannesburg – hello, everyone! Today is a special day and one that is so near and dear to my heart. It is International Women’s Day and I am participating in the Global Mentoring Walk. What an honor. What a thrill – and, again, another activity so in alignment with my WHY! Let me share the story of how this came about – because I want my clients and other entrepreneurs to understand the power of relationships, networking and asking for what you want – skills I have mastered and which I use for the greater good. When I was invited to join Suzanne Evans and Sandy Salle on the Give Movement Journey 2015, I was more than happy to return for the 2nd time. I know that one of the ... read more
daily news under hotel door
yummy breakfast
on our way to the Mentoring Walk

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