2016

Off To Africa!

At least once but usually twice a year I head over to Africa. Usually part of it is to spend time with friends but the other part is to do research on properties and places so that when people ask about them I can discuss them from experience and not just because I saw a […]

Artistry in Beads

In the Cape Town area there are many amazing crafts people. But no visit to Cape Town is complete without a visit to Monkey Biz. Started in 1999 this non-profit business pays women immediately for their incredible beaded work and requires every artist to have a bank account where money is deposited and providing economic […]

Cape of Good Hope

During my stay in Cape Town I took a beautiful ride down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope. I really enjoyed standing there at this historic point (though I would have loved to have been in a kayak) where many believe is the southern tip of Africa. This point is where the currents […]

Wine Region of South Africa

South Africa is known for its great wines. When on safari there is nothing like a beautiful pinotage to go with your gourmet meal in a safari camp. But do you know how old the wine region of South Africa is? It goes back to the 1600s to the explorations of the Dutch East India […]

Robben Island

Robben Island is a very moving place. It is where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were kept during the apartheid era. During my visit to Cape Town I took the ferry over to the island and with the rest of my group we were given a tour of the island. The first part of […]

The Born Frees

While in Cape Town I had the opportunity to visit the infamous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela among many others was held prisoner (more about this next week). After visiting this very moving place I was taking the ferry back to the mainland. While on the ferry I was thinking about what I had seen […]

Uber Is Everywhere

While not an Uber or Lyft junkie I do use the ride sharing services from time to time when it is convenient. I especially use it in the U.S. when I am traveling as I find it less expensive and less a hassle than renting a car. It did not occur to me to use […]

Earthquake In Tanzania

Being a native Californian and having lived in both the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas I have experienced and always live with the thought of earthquakes. And while there is seismic activity everywhere in the world I was quite shocked to hear about a 5.7 – 5.9 magnitude earthquake hitting Tanzania a few days […]