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 →

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 →

Chasing Lemurs

He jumped onto my shoulder and munched furiously on his banana. At first I was unsure, not expecting such boldness from a lemur. But soon enough I became his friend, and he became mine. This Red-fronted Brown lemur was incredibly tame and insisted on stroking my hair. He was reluctant to leave, despite no more... Continue Reading →

Iguana Islands

It’s nearly noon, the sun stifles the humidity in the air. A dark lizard moves in a languid fashion. I walk closer, mesmerized by its strange yet beautiful appearance. Its eyes slowly blink as I walk closer again. The lizard quickens his movement, its razor spines slithering past the harbour wall. It’s my first view... 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 →

Astronomy and Architecture

We are spoilt with technology today. Thanks to Google and other digital devices, we are constantly reminded of the time. Calendars also help to remind us when equinoxes occur (equal days and nights as the sun crosses the celestial equator) or summer and winter solstices (the longest and shortest days of the year). Measuring time... Continue Reading →

Weather and Weathering

  Rivers of ice have always fascinated me. Ice ages have been greatly influenced by Earth’s climate over the past three billion years, if not longer. Various theories suggest that processes such as tectonic uplift and rock weathering, sunspot activity and orbital variations have all impacted on climatic conditions and glaciations. Despite the threats of global... Continue Reading →

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