Roof of Africa

Who walks slowly and with assurance goes far - Tanzanian Proverb It was a challenge that couldn’t be avoided. I was already travelling through Africa, ready to embrace the Serengeti on a safari. Mount Kilimanjaro stood proud at over 19,000 feet (5895m) and the thought to climb the roof of Africa was enticing. And so... Continue Reading →

Climbing Mount Kenya

Having a good discussion is like having riches - Kenya Proverb It’s my natural style to travel with a goal, even on vacation. Whether I’m exploring cultural and historical monuments, visiting family or friends or climbing mountains. To summit Mount Kenya became my expedition beginning of 2013. On a deeper level it was also my... Continue Reading →

Zanzibar’s Spices

In celebration of World Health Day (16 October), I’ve reflected on all my travels around the world and the wonderful opportunities I’ve had to eat culturally diverse cuisines; from sushi in Tokyo to pastries in Paris, pizza in Rome and sticky rice pudding in Thailand. Banana Tree I have fond memories of seeing all the... Continue Reading →

Africa’s Archipelago

With two thirds of Earth covered by water, it would be fair to question why we are called ‘Earth’ as opposed some other Aquarius name. This connection between land and water conjures up all sorts of beautiful images for me; from coral reefs to waves gently lapping sandy, golden beaches with palm trees fringed along... Continue Reading →

Serengeti Splendor

Tarangire National Park I was keen to explore some of the most famous grasslands in the world, particularly the savanna landscape. It supports such vibrant biological diversity, hence my efforts to write this blog post on International Biological Diversity Day (22 May). Visiting Tarangire National Park in September was a real gem and is particularly... Continue Reading →

Wild Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park I was in the heart of Africa and bound for a trip to Lake Nakuru National Park in early 2013. I was also in a part of Africa called the Rift Valley. Over millions of years, tectonic forces have been trying to tear Africa apart with the Rift Valley now stretching... Continue Reading →

Buddha’s Mountains

"Great things are done when man and mountains meet, This is not done by jostling in the street" William Blake It is one of my favourite poetic quotes, and yet a trip to Nepal would make me think otherwise, on just how dynamic our perception of the world is. I have always aspired to the... Continue Reading →

Snowy Sagas

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere" Carl Sagan Science and imagination are an interesting mix. I'm sure it's spurred on some fascinating scienific discoveries in history. It's also a great way to explain science as I was to find out on my travels to Iceland.... Continue Reading →

Map Beauty

  I’ve always appreciated the beauty of maps and the visual stories they can tell. The colours, lines, shapes depict a geographical landscape. With the New Zealand festival of the arts writers programme running in February 2020, I was lured into hearing some of the authors speak about their recent publications. Chris McDowall, Nadine Anne... Continue Reading →

Starry Skies

As I wrapped up my time at Space Place, Carter Observatory I reflected on all those starry skies I had viewed in the planetarium. Just how many imaginations I had inspired to look for creatures big and small roaming our nighttime sky. Today, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) refers to 88 official star constellations celebrating... Continue Reading →

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