South Africa

Out of Africa

As I sat in a bar way back at Cape Town, International, I had no choice but to watch cricket. It was on the only television I could watch 13 hours ago. Come to think of it, that’s been the only live television I’ve watched on this trip. Putting aside for a moment the chunk of my life that...

Reflections on Cape Town

If you haven’t been to Cape Town, get here. It’s a wonderful city even though “Call Me Maybe” is playing in the restaurant where I’m sitting now. Oh, wait. New song…”Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Savage Garden. Really? Well, at least you don’t have to hear...

The International Drill Down

This morning, I felt a bit like a guy that I saw at Kirstenbosch Gardens yesterday. He didn’t particularly want to be there so he was asking his friends, “What are we supposed to do here?” After a lengthy internal dialogue, I chose not to remain in my room alone curled...

Napa has nothing on this?

What a surprise! This morning, Kurt the fax-master had something nice in store for me: A one-on-one tour of the wine country around Cape Town. Sunday is a slow day here. The driver was Phillip, from the Ukraine. He collected me at 08:30. It was just the two of us so he happily started...

There is No Turkey over Africa

This year, I shared Thanksgiving lunch with 194 of my newest friends over Italy. Let’s just say KLM didn’t do Turkey, but they did do an unbelievable job with chicken. Before taking off, I switched to a window seat, which afforded me spectacular views of Europe and Africa. Our flight path...