• View of Little Addis from Medical Arts building

    Tips for Visiting Joburg’s Little Addis

    I recently visited “Little Addis”, the Ethiopian neighborhood in downtown Joburg. Little Addis is a block of old office buildings on Rahima Moosa Street (formerly Jeppe Street) between Troye and Delvers Streets,…

  • Car cruising on Rock Raceway in Brakpan

    This Is the East: Rock Raceway in Brakpan

    Second in an occasional blog series called This Is the East, featuring hidden spots on Johannesburg’s East Rand. Have you ever gone to a place where you feel like an alien, even though…

  • Belgian waffle in Amsterdam

    My 15 Favorite Photos of Amsterdam

    I spent three days in Amsterdam in August as part of my #2SummersEuropeanTrip. I have so many pretty pictures of the visit and if I don’t share them now I may never…

  • Trixie chases the Melville Cat's tail

    From the Melville Cat: A Kitten in My Castle

    Dear readers, A kitten has invaded my home. Please help. Sincerely, The Melville Cat Yes, I’m sure you find her charming. But I assure you, this kitten is a terrible menace. Several…

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    Learn How to Blog From a Reluctant Blogger

    I’m teaching another blog class. It’s happening on 13 October at Bridge Books in Maboneng. The class is limited to 10 aspiring bloggers and there are six spots left (as of today,…

  • Haus Schwarzenberg courtyard in Berlin

    Berlin Is the Johannesburg of Europe

    I spent three days in Berlin, which is not enough time to get to know a place and make dramatic pronouncements like, “Berlin is the Johannesburg of Europe.” Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. But…

  • Boat going under a bridge in a Netherlands canal

    Seeing the Netherlands by Boat

    During my recent European trip, I spent four days floating down the canals of the northern Netherlands on an 18-meter barge named Hendrika. I know lots of you are eager to hear…

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    Solo Traveling, Never Alone

    A few months ago I received an invitation to my friends’ wedding in Vienna. I’d never been to Vienna before so I decided to go. While I’m at it, I thought, I…