Great films don’t only entertain me, they’re an assault on my imagination! They stimulate my intellect, fuel my quest to understand. Film has long been a magical medium offering an unusually intimate look at many a place I may never visit. Like great novels, when done well, cinema plants the desire to see with my own eyes, places I’d often not previously considered visiting.
Film feels powerful because the immersion in another place is shallower than a book, but quicker. 90 minutes earlier, I’d barely heard of El Salvador (the South American immigrant community is comparatively small in London), now I’ve seen Innocent Voices; I know a lot more about one kid’s story, his life amidst a civil war, and the horrors of child soldiery. I’d love to learn more. Continue reading →
I often reference books I like, or which made me think, or which taught me something I think might prove useful to know sooner or later. Memoirs of a Born Free, about a young woman activist growing up in post-apartheid South Africa, is one of those books.
This review, on the Steve Biko Foundation’s Frank Talk blog, discusses the book and it’s Eastern Cape launch event in Ginsberg, and sums up why I think it’s a must-read for you.
The trip I’ve planned traversing the African continent should contain just enough adventure to be considered an appropriate remedy to an extraordinarily long summer break. I’m not complaining, you understand, I just want it to be clear that I’m not skiving off normal life. On the contrary, I’m trying to live it to the fullest! In case you’re still undecided on what to do this summer and in need of some inspiration, here’s how I prepared my summer adventure.
What I hope to do:
It’s always best I find to start the adventure with a daydream. What do you think would be a single awesome thing to be able to say at the end? Before my epic adventure is complete I’ll have dipped my toes from North to South Africa and from East to West. I’ll have gotten a little acquainted with some incredible capital cities, taken in awesome landscapes to set my heart a flutter, and then at peace all over again. I’ll have sampled unimaginable amounts of scrumptious African cuisine, decimated (okay dented, I still have to eat when I get home) my savings in AfroChic, and caught up with some beautiful people I have the honour to call friends. I’ll also get to see the hometowns they recalled so vividly and lovingly when we were young people in the UK together.
Warning: this book will make your life better
An awesome film about sisterhood, Beirut and a beauty shop…I’ve been desperate to visit Lebanon ever since.
Where in the world excites your imagination and why? Is there someplace that you’ve always wanted to go for a really random reason? Or because of a book you read once? A scene in a film? Act on that impulse! Continue reading →
I tend to document my travel adventures here, rather than the human drama which is the detail of daily life; paying bills, washing clothes, mentally preparing for and winding down from work, answering and sending ‘serious’ emails. It’s not a value judgement, just evidence of me having my head in the clouds. However people somehow seem to forget that my travel adventures are not actually my daily life. My 9-5 wholly funds my fun (how I budget for travel is for another post).
As free-spirited as I may be, I do not live on the road nor out of my backpack. I simply like being on the road for short periods, and I therefore maximise the potential of every bit of holiday I get. You, dear reader, can do the same should you choose to. There’s a big lie going around which makes people feel like adventures are out of their reach: Going on holiday is not the same as ‘going travelling’. This is simply not true. Continue reading →