Chill time in Villa de Leyva

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The main square at Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva is considered a national monument in Colombia, and it’s easy to see why as you stroll through the rustic cobbled streets and feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
The charming village nestled among the hills of Boyaca department, about five hours north of BogotaRead More »

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Carnival in Brazil

All this talk about Brazil’s upcoming carnival has got me feeling sentimental and remembering my first carnival in Brazil. I really didn’t know what to expect, and it was kind of due to a last minute change of plans that I suddenly found myself there, so I really was not prepared for the extravaganza I was […]

Breakfast around the world

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Caldo de costillo is a typical breakfast in Colombia, especially Bogota

It’s always interesting to see what people in different parts of the world consider normal or acceptable options for breakfast.
Growing up in Southern Africa, breakfast for me usually followed the standard of our colonisers, the British.
We would usually have either cereal or toast or a cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs on the weekend.Read More »

Big in Japan … I mean Sao Paulo

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Taiko drummers on the main stage of the Japanese matsuri in Sao Paulo

It’s a strange feeling to be walking down the street in one country, and suddenly find yourself transported into a another culture where everyone looks completely different to where you were a minute before.

That’s exactly what happened one day in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I blinked, and when I opened my eyes I was in Japan, thinking this must be something like how Alice felt falling down the rabbit hole and waking up in Wonderland.Read More »

In case of elephant attack …

We all know that feeling you get sometimes living in a big city. It can be draining. Sometimes you just want to get out, breathe in some fresh air and connect with nature.

So it was with this need to escape the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg that my friend Judith and I decided to take a drive out to Pilanesberg National Park, one of South Africa’s top spots for catching up with wildlife and nature.Read More »

Swaying to the beat of Salvador de Bahia

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Pelourinho in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, is a Unesco World Heritage Site

Stepping out in Salvador de Bahia, one is immediately transported to a different time and place.
The north eastern Brazilian city pulsates with a unique energy, and the slow pace of life and colonial style architecture make you feel as if you’ve just landed in a different era.
African influences, remnants of the region’s history as a major slave trading port, pervade every corner of the city. Read More »