Relax: 6 beaches and a restaurant tip

Relaxation was the main focus of the day today – starting with a 30 minute deep tissue massage in the hotel’s beautiful spa. A quick stop on the beach in front of the hotel was the first of 6 beaches I visited during the course of the day. Admittedly, the first one was short, and…

Rhodes: Beaches and Lindos

One minute I’m enjoying a meal of vine-wrapped chicken stuffed with haloumi cheese and red peppers on a rooftop restaurant during sunset in the quaint Greek town of Lindos. And 2 hours later I am night-swimming in the Aegean Sea under a big yellow moon while a plane comes in to land overhead. 2 of…

Rodos, Greece: Initial Impressions

I should have known better, but in the rush to quickly book a long weekend away on a sunny island in a new country, I booked an All Inclusive hotel on Rhodes… The hotel itself is nice: clean, modern, friendly and right on the beach. And after checking in I did the Done Thing and…

A bread roll by any other name …

In most of Germany bread rolls are called “Brötchen”. In Bavaria, though, they are called “Semmel”. And they don’t hold back in telling you. I was at the bakery today and asked the young lady for 2 Brötchen. While she was getting them, her colleague piped up from the back that they are called Semmel!…

Zurich – my impressions

I really didn’t want to like it. It would make life so much easier if I didn’t. But thanks to the sterling effort of a few friends, I must confess that I do like Zurich.   What I do like:   Zurich has character – the verges are not always neat and tidy, the buildings…

What now? The Challenges of Change…

It’s funny how an impending change makes you look at your current situation very differently. Makes you realise how good it is in so many ways. And makes you realise how much is still on your bucket or to-do list… A month ago our company informed us that certain departments would be relocated from Germany…

Happy Freedom Day South Africa!

Happy Freedom Day everyone! Can you believe it really is 20 years (2 decades!) since so many of us went and voted for the first time on that April day in 1994? I thought of something profound to say, but my happiness revolves around my pride at South Africa as a country, and the people…