Spring of 2020: days, weeks, months (we'll stop there) dominated by a vicious virus. The spring of corona. 'If the mountaine will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will goe to the mountaine', said Francis Bacon nearly 400 years ago. 'We can't travel the world. But we can bring the world to us,' say I. Reading is one avenue. What are [...]
Reminiscing a bit today, as I've dug out yet another batch of old photos from the pre-digital age. Lake Malawi today, folks - where I had ended up on a whim, really. Whims are how my travels roll. I was at the tail end of several weeks of rather aimless traipsing around southern Africa. The cheapest flights from Europe at [...]
The quality and style of this photo might indicate it's ancient. But no, it's merely old(ish) - and simply a scanned version of a slide (remember those?) from the very last bits of the 20th century. I've been playing with a new pocket-sized scanner that promises to transform old slides into hyper-modern jpgs. Hm... maybe not so hyper-modern. Anyway, I've [...]
Wandering around Zanzibar as I arrived, fresh from the Dar ferry on a tropical March afternoon, my first thought - and my last when I left a week later, as it turned out - was that this enchanted African island speaks to all our five senses. Here's what I mean: sight : the sun setting over the cerulean Indian Ocean, [...]
Here at Sophie's World we're passionate about animal welfare. It's perhaps genetic: apart from the family and very close friends, our mum/grandmum generally preferred animals to people. The rest of us aren't quite that extreme, at least not yet. Alexandra is a vegetarian solely for animal welfare reasons, none of us use cosmetics from companies that still insist on animal [...]
Zanzibar is one of those really wonderful names, isn't it? Like Samarkand. Or Esfahan. Or Babylon. Every syllable promises adventure.Earlier this year, I took the ferry from Dar es Salaam across to Zanzibar, meaning to a have look around and perhaps stay the night. One week later, I found myself still on the island.I stayed in Stone Town the entire [...]
I had 4-5 hours to kill in Masvingo once, waiting for the last bus to Harare. Must have been 16 years ago. So I did what I often do when I'm short on time: I asked a taxi driver if there was anything interesting to see. A slightly dubious practice, I know, and certainly one that can end up costing [...]
Four Nobel Peace Prize recipients hail from South Africa. That's quite an impressive number; only six countries have more. At Nobel Square on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, you'll find Nelson Mandela along with South Africa's three other laureates.
You'll see many cats in Zanzibar; cats are everywhere. They won't bother you, they won't beg for scraps of food, they are not importunate. But then cats rarely are, are they... Instead, Zanzibari cats proved to be excellent motifs for the camera and very worthy subjects for our little Cats of the World series here at Sophie's World. It is [...]
Here at Sophie's World, we love exploring the world's curious places. Today, I thought I'd share a different kind of curiosity Alex and I encountered in the Seychelles some years ago, a botanical curiosity. On the island of Praslin is a beautiful nature reserve called Vallée de Mai (May Valley). Not only is this valley beautiful, it's also quite unusual. [...]
I've just returned from an all too quick visit to Tanzania. Though I was mostly on the deliciously spicy (in every sense) island of Zanzibar, I managed to get a look at دار السلام as well. A look at where, you ask? Why, the Haven of Peace, of course. Or Dar es Salaam, as it's more commonly known. At least [...]
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