Ladakh: Dumb Luck, Dreams and Visa Kung Fu

Audrey Wins Grand Prize from ANA Airlines - Seattle, Washington

This is a story about the mystery of mountains, a San Francisco swami, a stroke of good luck, a dabbawalla and the fine art of resourcefulness.Long, long ago in the late 1990s, I lived in San Francisco. And next door to me lived a man who would one day become a swami. And he told me of a land called Ladakh.But before I get to that, a photo. … [Read more...]

Masiphumelele Township By Bicycle: Getting Up Close

Mother and Son at Masiphumelele Township - Cape Town, South Africa

This is a story about visiting a South African township by bicycle, where people and life and answers to questions are up close and personal.As we rode to the end of our visit, a big white van, way too clean, rolled passed us in almost slow-motion like you might expect in a movie. From the side windows, faces peered out, their eyes snagging on us. Others pressed … [Read more...]

Bunny Chow Serendipity

Ultimate Bunny Chow in Durban

This is a story about an afternoon in Durban, South Africa where everything seemed to go wrong, but somehow ended up right. It’s also everything you ever wanted to know about bunny chow but were afraid to ask. … [Read more...]

Cape Town Road Trip: Chapman’s Peak Drive [360-Degree Panorama]

chapmans peak

There are certain parts of the world that simply cry out: Road Trip! You know the requisite ingredients: rugged cliffs dropping into blue ocean waters, waves crashing against rocky outcroppings, and pockets of white foam shooting into the air. Roads wind, barely two lanes wide, cars hug mountain turns. Drivers and passengers crane their necks to catch a glimpse -- the … [Read more...]

South Africa: From in the Books to on the Ground

Abseiling down Table Mountain with a view of Lion's Head, Cape Town

This is a slice of backstory regarding our current visit to South Africa. It’s about a man named Tutu, a book entitled Invictus and a musician called Rodriguez. It's about South Africa and about our relationship to places before we've ever visited them. Finally, it’s about our journey from Cape Town to South Africa’s Northern Cape. … [Read more...]