A green shark flag means no sharks sighted, a red flag means there are great whites so get out of the water, and a black flag means visibility is poor so we have no idea. However, this shouldn't and doesn't stop anyone going in.
I could live here. If you could please just remove all the electric razor wire and guns. March 16th 2018 I found myself in South Africa again for the third time in about 18-months. Once again it was PhD related but this time there would be no fieldwork up in Limpopo province, rather the time would be spent working from an office in Stellenbosch for a couple of weeks and a couple of days from an office in Pretoria.
It was a great few weeks. I got loads of work done; producing two papers throug ... read more
Africa » South Africa » Western Cape After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjug... ... read more
A highlights package of trips generally focusing on one place or aspect. This had been my rule since starting the blog in 2007: "Fewer blogs are appearing seeing as, for some reason, I decided to never write more than one blog per country unless I lived there. Having got around quite a bit, I'm now revisiting many countries, hence fewer blogs." However, it's getting trickier to get to completely new countries so I decided I might break that rule on occasion. The PhD fortunately didn't curtail travelling with research in sub-Saharan Africa and India as well as the chance to attend conferences w... full info