The coins rattled and clinked as they fell down, and with a thunk, our Cherry Coke fell out of the bottom of the vending machine. Now, we had the energy to explore mighty Shinjuku! Shinjuku is a big economic hub in Tokyo, and a wonderful jumping off point into the neon-lit megacity madness that many people … More Shinjuku

Fudo Dori

Japan was one of most wonderful destinations we had ever been to. I always imagined two sides of Japan –  the historical and traditional Japan of temples and geishas, against the hyper-modern cities, cartoons and robots. The really cool thing is how it all knits together to form a truly fascinating and rich culture. We … More Fudo Dori

Langkawi rice paddies

There was something strangely relaxing about the mosquitoes bouncing off my face with faint tic – tic sounds, as our motorbike spluttered between rice paddies on the Malaysian island of Langkawi. The rural scenery was beautiful, and at dusk, very quiet. The dessicated skins of snakes and frogs lay comically flattened on the road (the … More Langkawi rice paddies

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur took a few visits to win me over. For years, it was simply a transit hub to other destinations. Now, I think it’s one of the most fun, charming cities in South East Asia. There are many neighbouring cities which are arguably more attractive to visit – Ho Chi Minh City’s motorbike traffic is a wondrous … More Kuala Lumpur

A new blog is coming

Well, that’s it! I’ve finished publishing all my stories from my Africa travels in 2010. And just in time, too, because a new journey is just beginning, involving me leaving my home for a new life in Europe! And to accompany it, a complete revamp of my blog to incorporate my artwork is also coming. … More A new blog is coming

South Africa – the last few days

Our final African border crossing was the Lebombo/Komatiepoort border from southern Mozambique into the northeast corner of South Africa. Wessel was excited to put his feet on home soil. We all were; the trip so far had been weeks of relentless driving, from dawn to dusk some days. We wanted to put our feet up with a cold drink, do our washing, have a long shower, a … More South Africa – the last few days