on the globe trot

A year away. Some time out for Travel, Reflection and Adventure. These are the results.

In the house of God

It was the house of God, where they should have been protected. Instead, it was turned into a house of horrors, where unspeakable crimes took place.

July 18, 2016 · 4 Comments

On Genocide and UNhelpful friends

The UN mandate is to provide for the maintenance of international peace and security. In 1994, in Rwanda, it failed miserably in its stated mission.

July 14, 2016 · 2 Comments


This is probably not the kind of post which the Rwandan Tourist Board would put up as a poster in its office.

July 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Close Encounters of the Gorilla kind

An unforgettable family reunion of the atavistic kind. Meeting our common ancestors.

July 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

The importance of being Ernesto

  Negotiating the rugged terrain of Uganda requires excellent driving skills. Massive potholes pockmark the roads; steep climbs and porous mud hills appear abruptly; cars from the other direction drive … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Great EscApe

Breakfast was a simple affair. This is not Europe and gourmet buffet breakfasts are not the norm. Before I knew it we were at the camp where the Chimpanzee trek … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · 3 Comments

Bibi-see News

We crossed the border from Rwanda to Uganda in the morning hours. It was a familiar scene of African border activities: hawkers selling their wares, currencies being offered and exchanged … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · 3 Comments

The King Kong and I.

My knowledge of and fascination with gorillas is somewhat limited to the cinema. I saw King Kong in 1976 as a young child (me, not KK) and remember very well … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

Left to write

The flight home to Sydney was long and circuitious. It gave me time to pause and think. A year of travel had come to an end. What had I learnt? … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

There’s no place like Rome

My year-long peregrinations were coming to an end. It was time to head home. As the Germans would say: alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei. I was … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 2 Comments