As a pre-teen living in Washington D.C., I had loved the frequent trips to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum with my dad. We went almost every time friends visited. Over the course of three years in the late eighties, I possibly visited it 12 to 15 times. Not once did I not get excited at the prospect of a new visit.

A few days ago, on the facebook feed of a friend who happened to be traveling in Moscow, I...

The boys diligently followed us through the endless galleries of the Hermitage yesterday, even though the art on display did not thrill them. To repay their patience, we decided to reward them with a visit to the funky and kid-friendly Museum of Zoology this morning.

Adjacent to its more famous sister museum, the Kunstkamera, Peter the Great founded it in the early 18th century with a similar purpose: hosting the rich...

After yesterday’s seven hour-long hike through the city, we opted for a lazier mode of exploration. We took the metro again to Saint Petersburg’s busiest street, Nevsky Prospekt, and boarded a hop-on-hop-off red bus where we proceeded to buy a family day-ticket allowing additional passage on boats that tour the city’s many canals and rivers. Not only is this option less tiring on little legs, it is fun and informativ...

October 13, 2016

It has been a topsy-turvy week in Johannesburg. We pulled in to the Melville house of our Capetonian buddies, Shaheen, Dominique, Dean and Mika on Friday October 7th, delighted to trade the impersonal lodgings of the road for homely comforts and the warmth of friendship.

Our car is still stuck in Nelspruit, awaiting repairs, and Leanne is due to spend four days covering a high-profile court case in Port Elizabeth for...

September 29, 2016

Day 2 in the Kruger National Park is another fun chase for animals not yet seen and, particularly, the remaining three Big Five.

While Guy, binoculars at the ready, takes the game of spotting game very seriously, Max only rouses interest when an animal has already been seen, a sometimes tricky affair in dense, albeit dry, forests of bush and thorn. Since Leanne is driving, we strategically position Guy behind her to k...

We bid farewell to Charl and Jennifer at breakfast. On Ernest’s recommendations, we drive down to the village to buy a picnic at Kuiervreugde, the local padstal/café/post office/gossip platform and head towards the main park gate, 17 kilometers further up a dirt track from Kamieskroon.

We have been told this is a poor year for blossoms, owing to the enduring drought. Yet from the moment we enter the Namakwa National P...

The kids and I wake up leisurely but Leanne is already running through the hillsides surrounding Elands Bay and snatching photos of our picturesque lodge, Vensterklip, posing on the reedy shores of the Verloren vlei.

We swallow a hearty breakfast and head on towards Pikanierskloof. Our route meanders lazily right along the Verloren vlei for miles. It’s a wide, shallow, swampy, reedy stream and its soft beauty offers a...

A few weeks back, on Youth Day, Leanne wrote a very moving article. We had just attended the premiere of a documentary on the life and tragic death of Ashley Kriel in Bonteheuwel, the neighborhood where he was from.

Bonteheuwel is part of a large, marshy area of Cape Town dubbed the Cape Flats. It was created in the 1950s by the apartheid regime when it started enacting the Group Areas Act and forcefully removing peop...

Yeaaaah! The website is published, we've told our families and some friends about our plans (we lazily expect this site and social media to do the rest) and this... is our very first blog post!!!

In a little more than two months, when we eagerly take off from our Cape Town home towards Namaqualand, we will have been working on this project for about five months. The idea of a long, slow, family trip might have been fl...

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