Tag: solo female traveller

Cape Town, is it? 

Cape Town, is it? 

Friday 03/11/17: I'm on the last section of my African trip and heading from Namibia to Capetown in South Africa. Capetowners (no idea if that's right but I'm going with it) I've met en route have warned me of scams, ATM robberies, fake taxis, gun-point abductions… but always finish by saying how much I'll love … Continue reading Cape Town, is it? 

The Maasai people 

Wednesday 11/10/17: On the road back to Arusha, we see a group of early-teenage boys in black robes with lines of painted white geometric lines striping their faces like zebra. Our driver, Tuma, explains that the boys’ robes and paint means that they have recently been circumcised and must be separated from their villages until … Continue reading The Maasai people 

​Who the hell only takes their smart-phone camera to Africa?!

Tuesday 10/10/17: “Wildebeest do not know they are wildebeest for there are no mirrors in the Serengeti plains”. Billy Connelly’s daft punchline about a wildebeest not worrying while watching another wildebeest being eaten by a lion has bounced around my head all day. It's surprising how different the Serengeti is to the Maasai Marra. It's … Continue reading ​Who the hell only takes their smart-phone camera to Africa?!

The Four Epiphanies*

I've given myself four life-changing objectives for the 6 months that I'll be away. While that might seem a little ambitious, I want to get as much out of this experience as possible and frankly, I just love a list! I know my list will likely change (or be forgotten entirely) while I'm away but … Continue reading The Four Epiphanies*

From Hippy Chick to Corporate Crony to… ??

According to the Knox Academy Leavers' 2000 yearbook, I was destined to be "Working in Africa for an NGO* by 2005". Hhmm... not quite sure what that self-proclaimed "hippy chick" at 18 would have made of me at 34, getting ready to leave a 12-year career with an Oil and Gas major. That chirpy, idealistic 18-old was preparing to go to Uganda … Continue reading From Hippy Chick to Corporate Crony to… ??

My first ever blog post! How terrifying! How exciting! How utterly self-indulgent!

I’m leaving everything I know for 7 weeks’ solo travel in Africa before heading to Nepal for four months as a team leader with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).  My last couple of jobs have involved elements of delivering corporate communication strategy and I’m interested in using my forthcoming adventures to explore my own writing skills … Continue reading My first ever blog post! How terrifying! How exciting! How utterly self-indulgent!