I walked away from my recent trip to South Africa emotional, contemplative, quiet. While my first ever safari experience, in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, was one of the most adrenaline-filled fun jaunts of my worldwide travels, what really touched me – more than South Africa's pristine bush and its wild animals – were the people.
For years, ever since I became a socially conscious human being, I had been hearing and learning about the Apartheid. The books, the films, the stories were always stirring, with raw power to disturb. Yet to be in South Africa and meet the people who have lived through one of the most horrid regimes of our civilization, to hear their stories and get even just a faint glimpse of their pain and humiliation – that was an experience to contend with.
There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?
I'm a traveler who writes and a writer who travels. I travel to make a living, I write to travel, I live to take the next trip.…
As a travel writer, one of the questions I get asked all the time is: "What is your favorite country?"
A couple of days ago, in the town of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, I went out one evening to visit a Buddhist wat for a chat with the monks and some guided meditation. I got out of my tuk tuk on a quiet street of what looked like a one-street village,
I've wandered many markets of the world – strolled through the souks of Morocco, roamed the rickety stalls of Phnom Penh's Russian Market and shopped for talismans at the Witches' Market in Bolivia's La Paz.
It's always exciting to revisit the motherland and discover new things about my country. For someone born and raised there, the challenge always is how to see it from a tourist's perspective.
Three days on Isla del Sol, in Lake Titicaca; natural beauty and Inca legends
Differences in daily life between Canada and Peru
Iquitos: the largest and most popular jungle destination in Peru
Madrid's Festival of San Isidro has morphed from a religious procession to a full scale arts festival