FGASA Field Guide Course

From January to March, I lived a dream. For 60 days I studied wildlife, conservation, track and sign, trailing, bird calls, animal behaviour, etc, all while living in a tent, away from reliable phone reception and internet, under the punishing African sun and nights full of stars. I awoke at 4:30 each morning, went on … Continue reading FGASA Field Guide Course

A Tale of Two Countries

As an American living abroad, I often feel I have one foot planted firmly in the United States, one firmly in South Africa. The two places that I call home are so incredibly different, nearly opposites, yet I have fallen in love with them in equal measure. Being an expat in South Africa has its … Continue reading A Tale of Two Countries

Maine Life

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park Did you know...? Mount Desert Island was formed by glacial movement, which began about 30,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Bar Harbor has just around 5,000 year-round residents, but the neighbouring Acadia National Park sees up to 3 million tourists a year. A single cruise ship docked in … Continue reading Maine Life

Seasonal work in Bar Harbor, Maine

So I've left my husband... behind. For two months, to be exact. I've taken a seasonal job working in a shop on Main Street in Bar Harbor, Maine, just next to Acadia National Park - one of the most beautiful parks in the United States. Atop Penobscot Mountain For those of you who know me, … Continue reading Seasonal work in Bar Harbor, Maine

Iceland: how to get exclusive access to tourist sites [for free!]

In 2017, over 2 million people visited Iceland. The country's population is 330,000. I don't have to do the math to tell you the result: Iceland is overrun with tourism. With so many visitors, it's hard to believe that Iceland still harbours any remote and untouched places. You might think it's impossible to be anywhere … Continue reading Iceland: how to get exclusive access to tourist sites [for free!]

Iceland: a post from the road

“Summer” is an abstract thought in Iceland. As I write this, the wind is blowing with a chill of five degrees Celsius, just over 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s the fourth of August. I’m looking out over the expanse of the Highlands – the lesser-visited central region of the island – while the wind does … Continue reading Iceland: a post from the road

Tips for your 4×4 Botswana adventure

Are you planning a 4x4 adventure through Botswana? Keen to organise an overland trip through some of Southern Africa's most beautiful and wild parks? There are quite a few things to take in mind for a trip like this. Having recently gone through the process, I'd like to share some of my lessons and experiences! … Continue reading Tips for your 4×4 Botswana adventure