From Reading to Riding

Times fly – never has it seemed more true to me. I had nowhere near finished reading all the books I wanted to read about Portugal, and had barely touched the surface of all the blogs there are to explore – about the country, adventuring and long distance cycling – when I found myself sittingContinue reading “From Reading to Riding”

Encounters #4 Gary Grasshopper

Gary Grasshopper or Luke the Locust? May I introduce you to Gary Grasshopper. This elegant individual belongs to the Acrididae, and there are 356 different species. Some of them are winged and others wingless, but all feed on grass and leaves and are active during the day. Gary’s antennae have less than thirty segments andContinue reading “Encounters #4 Gary Grasshopper”

Reading Countries: Journey to Portugal

All things going well, in exactly one month from today, I’ll be saddling up my trusted ‘Steppenwolf’ and start cycling. Viva Portugal, here we come! What better way to prepare for an upcoming journey, than to read about the destination? Not just travel books – novels, travelogues, short stories, crime fiction, anything goes… After aContinue reading “Reading Countries: Journey to Portugal”

Encounters # 3 Bubo, the Cape Eagle Owl

I met Bubo (Bubo Capensis) during an evening stroll and was happy when I realized he wasn’t scared of me. He didn’t even seem to think of flying away. He sat on his branch, orange eyes taking me in, as well as his surroundings, while the wind was playing in his ear tufts.  He lookedContinue reading “Encounters # 3 Bubo, the Cape Eagle Owl”

Adventure #1:The Idea

***Release “Healing Rhinos and Other Souls – The Extraordinary Fortunes of a Bushveld Vet” as Podcast and Audio book. (Just let it go! It’s been ready for a while, but my old friends, Ms Perfectionism and Ms Procrastination interfered… )*** How are ideas born? Where do they come from? Why do they sometimes linger forContinue reading “Adventure #1:The Idea”

Encounters #2 – Jiminy Cricket

When out and about, adventuring, experimenting, traveling or simply walking, I’m often amazed at the sheer variety and beauty of what I encounter along the way. At the same time I feel humbled, because I realize how little I know. So:
“Open your eyes, take note, read up – and learn something new.”
Randomly, random facts, at random times.

Greetings from Gabon

An elephant wakes up from having been fitted with a tracking collar that will help protect him and his kind from poachers, and shows that he’s more awake than… Enjoy – and watch to the end! It reminded me of Walter Eschenburg – a lot! That’s just the sort of thing that could have happenedContinue reading “Greetings from Gabon”

Travels with Kapuscinski (1) – Why? or “The Delight in Life”

He is a wonderful travel companion; tireless, humble, inspiring, full of understanding and wisdom. One couldn’t wish for better, more enlightening company. The great Ryszard Kapuscinski. When I first read his books, I had the strange sensation that there was finally somebody who understood… In “Travels with Herodotus”, Kapuscinski muses about the need to travel…Continue reading “Travels with Kapuscinski (1) – Why? or “The Delight in Life””