Category Archives: Africa

Discovering Jeppestown on foot

Last weekend a friend of ours asked us if we wanted to join her for an urban walk in Jeppestown in central Jozi’s. We’ve been to the Maboneng Precinct a couple of times already but we usually only stick to the … Continue reading

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A late Valentine’s Balloon trip over the Magalies Valley

Raquel and I have a particular Valentines tradition which entails that every year we alternate who organizes Valentine’s Day and associated gifts. I get a lot of frowns from people who think I’m not being romantic enough, but our arrangement … Continue reading

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The day the world almost ended – When Bafana Bafana beat Spain

I love football (soccer for the Americans in the audience) and have “my” teams I support in Portugal and England, however my knowledge on the local football scene is limited to the Soweto derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. … Continue reading

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A Helicopter with a view – Cape Town from the skies!

I don’t have a bucket list written down anywhere, it’s more a mental list I keep of things I want to do and places I want to go to and invariably this list just keeps getting longer as life goes … Continue reading

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The Cape’s Wine Route a la Mother Nature

Cape Town and its surrounding areas has so much to offer tourists that one weekend is just not enough to fit it all in. On our first trip to the mother city for our wedding anniversary, we had two days … Continue reading

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One Year of Marriage Celebrated in Cape Town

One year. We’ve been married for one year. Raquel and I looked at each other on our flight down to Cape Town and we both thought the same thing: Time has flown by without us noticing it, but that’s another … Continue reading

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Bucket Listing Joburg for the resident tourist

One of the great things about living in Joburg for Raquel and I is the fact that the city is new to us; uncharted territory which we want to explore and learn more about, in order to become part of … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Blast from the Ancient Past

Last week I was organising some photos and happened to find a photo, lost in the wrong album on a trip some time ago. Finding that photo made me think about where I was in years gone by and remembered … Continue reading

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Standing on top of manmade Africa! – The Carlton Centre in Jozi

Standing on top of man-made Africa! – The Carlton Centre When we did our hop on-hop off tour of Johannesburg, our initial idea was not to get off the bus but simply enjoy Joburg sitting down. However, the bus company’s … Continue reading

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When you are a tourist in the city you live in – Jozi’s Hop on-Hop off Bus Tour

In January this year I found out that Joburg was to have its own sightseeing bus otherwise known as hop-on hop-off tour bus. I was interested and only didn’t do when I was bussing around some of my brother’s friends … Continue reading

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Driving along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route – One of South Africa’s hidden gems

The 16th of June is Youth day in South Africa and because it fell on a Sunday this year, Monday is declared a public holiday as well. With a long weekend in sight, Raquel and I explored the different options … Continue reading

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The time we didn’t explore Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana

When Raquel and I got to South Africa, we had a grand plan of road tripping to various Southern African countries, as I wrote about in this post. However, when we arrived in South Africa, and started calculating the costs … Continue reading

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Lesedi Cultural Village: A prepackaged culture extravaganza!

My brother got married last weekend and for his wedding he had a few friends come in from abroad, which meant that as was brother was getting this organized for the big event, I was given tour guide duties and … Continue reading

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Avoiding restricted areas, finding more bad food and finally finding quite time in Hanoi

Hanoi from what I understood has got two distinct touristy areas, one being the Old Quarter and the other being the area which I call the presidential quarter. This is where we decided to spend our second day in the … Continue reading

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This message is brought to you by Travelling Tonito

After seven weeks of honeymooning, Raquel and I are in London to prepare for our move to South Africa which basically means packing the few possessions we have and meeting up with friends and family for final goodbyes before our … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Smile like you mean it!

We landed yesterday in Laos after a whole week in Siem Reap in Cambodia. Even though we ended up taking it easy in Siem Reap, it was still at times a very busy city, especially if you headed anywhere near … Continue reading

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Had myself a Merry Little Christmas!

As promised here is how I usually spend Christmas in South Africa. Hope everyone had a good one! [youtube http://youtu.be/0yARKyUNX6E]

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I got 99 problems but the beach ain’t one – Savane Beach

When I moved to Libya I was determined to see as much as I could with my very limiting one day weekend. So much so that within my first six months in the country I had already been camping in … Continue reading

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Facing the horrors of our past – The Apartheid Musuem

I walk past seven pillars, each representing the seven principles of our constitution: Democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect and freedom. I smile as I’m imensley proud that the birth our democracy was based on these, however around the corner … Continue reading

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Morocco… The Epilogue

I missed being in an Arab/Muslim country. Raquel had never been to one. A trip to Morocco would be perfect for an introduction to the Arab/Muslim world and it would be a perfect way for me to get my ‘Arab-world’ … Continue reading

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