The Big 70th Surprise

“How much deception was there?” he asked… “A bit”… although I prefer to call it preparation for a successful surprise. And it did lead to one of the best hugs I have ever received – I still get goosebumps when I tell the story and tears in my eyes when I look at the photos.…

What a Madiba weekend!

In bed, on my cellphone at 11pm. That’s where I found out about Madiba’s death. Something I had been expecting on many a morning while reading the news on my smartphone in bed. And then it came at night for many of us. I had heard my phone bleep a couple of times, but ignored…

Mourning Madiba in Germany

It is fascinating and frustrating to be a South African in Munich at the time of Madiba’s passing. Like my friends in London, I feel so very far away from home at a time like this. But those in the UK, US, Canada and many other countries seem to have a more general feeling of…

The day has come

The day has come. 5 December 2013. The day we knew was very close, but were somehow hoping would not ever happen. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has died.   As i sit here on the couch, watching the news channels, i am shell-shocked. I am numb. I feel alone, and so very very far away from…

Chernobyl

Exactly 2 years ago I spent 2 months in Europe, visiting family & friends and trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life. This is the time I first considered going to visit the site of the (then) largest nuclear accident – Chernobyl. Instead, I used those few days in a…