On 30 November 2013, I stood in the middle of more than 2,000 people at the Sir John Guise Stadium, singing into a microphone, and could hardly believe it was real. People were pressed tightly together, waving at me, smiling, calling out ‘solwara meri!’ and filling me with a sense of belonging that has yet to be matched. I smiled in amazement at Robert Oeka, standing beside me, and together we started our next song, Kerema Yu No Save. This was a celebration of Gulf Day, and we performing in true Gulf style. Read more →
At five in the afternoon, more than 100 children sit amongst the playground of Little Angels, waiting to be fed. Within minutes, bowls of steaming and nutritious stew are delivered into their eager little hands, accompanied with a slice of bread and a cup of juice, and a feeding frenzy begins. For many of the children, most of whom are under the age of six years old, this is their one guaranteed meal for the day, and as the bowls are licked clean, their tummies full and their faces smiling, they run off to play with their friends. Read more →
One of the things I love about my house is that it’s in the heart of the community. In Harbour Heights, alongside the predominantly coloured area of Hangberg, we are perched on the guarding mountain known as the Sentinel, overlooking the working harbour of Hout Bay. All within walking distance from my front door, there is a local high school and primary school, a health centre, a community development and recreation centre, a library, a sports field, two bus stops, a mosque and two churches. Read more →
Beautiful days and wonderful adventures seem to course through my life at a rapid pace, and I am often barely finished with one thing when another begins. Being caught up in this whirlwind is a privileged experience, but it is also easy to get disoriented and to forget what is really important in life. This year is going to be a pivotal year for me, a year where I am conscientiously working towards many goals, and concentrating my energies more proactively. I’ve created a vision board for this year to keep me focused and here are a few things on it. Read more →
Morocco has long been heralded as an exotic destination in northern Africa and it’s not hard to see why; the sweeping sands of the Sahara Desert tug at your inner Bedouin, the souqs of Marrakech lining the winding paths of the old Medina entrance you with their colour and texture, and the stark, blue Atlas Mountains stand resolutely in the unwritten novels that unravel themselves in your mind. Read more →
If ever there was a movie to be made about a museum that comes alive at night, the Papua New Guinea National Museum is it. Built in 1975, the museum is filled with artefacts from all over the country, and walking through the dark and chilly passages, the story of Papua New Guinea’s history is woven together. Read more →
following the inspiration of heart, my friend nikola and i embarked on a 1000km roadtrip through montenegro and croatia, driving through the exquisite country side of croatia and meeting up with our dear friend ivana on the beautiful beaches of montenegro for some love in the sun on the stunning monetenegro beaches. the adventure was amazing, inspiring new love and adventures in our hearts.
in june 2013 i visited one of my dearest friends in the city of belgrade, serbia. arriving in the heat of summer, after an adventurous road trip from southern albania, belgrade was beautiful and alluring, a place that i could spend a lifetime exploring. from rich buruk pastries, to ancient classical buildings, beautiful women and boat parties, belgrade filled me with a sense of awe and wonder that will not soon be forgotten. here are but a few of the sights of this ‘white city’ that will forever be a rainbow of colour in my memory.
i recently went to albania for a friend’s wedding celebration. landing in tirana, we drove to yar beach along the yoni sea in southern albania, just south of the town of vuno. there we had a delicious time soaking up the sun on the stony beaches and eating fresh tambuli at a picnic in the olive groves. we then drove from yar beach to montenegro, where we caught the train to belgrade, serbia. here are some pictures of the beautiful and alluring albania.
as many of you know, i have been working in papua new guinea for almost four years now. papua new guinea is one of the most environmentally and socially diverse places in the world… in a population of only 6 million people, there are 820 languages, and the diversity and colourfulness amongst the people is truly astounding. there are many stories to tell and many pictures to share, but for now, check out this album for a little taste of the cultures of papua new guinea