A week in the fragrant Harbour (2)

The big Buddha, Lantau island and Disneyland were the most memorable tourist activities that I indulged in. However the mid levels escalators and The Peak are also worth a mention though not high on the must do list. The Victoria Peak I think is certainly worth a visit but it’s not a whole day affair…

A week in the fragrant Harbour (1)

Of my little tourist trips I’ve taken while in China so far, Hong Kong was the one I was most excited about. When I was flying to China last year, my second layover was in Hong Kong, and just from what I could see of the landscape from the airport, it was certainly a place…

My Taoist pilgrimage (Mt Tai shan)

China is not an obviously religious country, by that I mean their everyday lives and religion rarely intersect, unlike our countries where religion is embedded in everything we do; we start national events with prayer, we don’t work on Sunday’s to allow people to attend church and there are nationally recognized religious holidays. China doesn’t…

A day in Bazhou (霸州)

My scholarship is funded by a Chinese government organization known as Hanban (colloquial abbreviation for Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a foreign language). Basically they aim to promote the learning and experiencing of Chinese language and culture all over the world. Every year they require all Universities offering Hanban scholarships to organize an…

Getting around in Baoding

This is not a topic that I ever would have thought to blog because the idea of discussing transport seems so mundane but on China’s roads there’s never a dull moment! I experienced a bit of China’s transport system in Shanghai and Guanzhou but not so much because we were there for a short time…

Turning up the Baoding way

So this post is way overdue because I really should have done it the first time I came to China, but better late than never! On my “must do” list of things to get up to in China when I first visited – and this was something most of us intended on doing – was…

Black girl in China….again.

I am leaving…on a jet plane…I don’t know when I’ll be back again… Ok, so that last part is a lie, I know when I’ll be back. I am going to the east yet again. I am going to China and will be there studying for 3 years. I’m not the only one, nor am…

My road trip to Malawi in pictures

Unlike most foreigners I am acquainted with here in Botswana, I spent my formative years in Malawi and only left as I was reaching my 20s, so I still have a strong connection to my home. I have of course now cultivated a bond with Botswana over the past 8 or so years that I’ve…

Touring Jozi: A walk through Motsoaledi

When most people go to the city of Johannesburg 4 hours down south of Gaborone, it’s to frolic in the huge malls and exchange some hard earned cash for that which their heart desires. Rarely, if at all, do people go there to visit the slums and understandably so, they’re not exactly a holiday destination….

Bush Adventures: 4 days in the Okavango Delta (Part 1)

Of all the places I have been in Botswana, the destination that has been the most exhilarating for me has been the Okavango Delta. Simply looking at the pictures I took there makes me want to drop everything and go again. The Delta is a natural wild ecosystem supported by the Okavango river that regularly…

Mosi oa Tunya (The smoke that thunders)

Earlier this year I took a badly planned trip to Victoria Falls (the town) and somehow ended up at the Falls. I won’t divulge the reasons as to why it was a badly planned trip and generally a horrid experience overall because that didn’t matter once I got to the falls. Not that the stress…

Touring Jozi: 8115 Vilakazi St.

The past week has been quite eventful for the world with the passing of actor Paul Walker and most notably the passing of Nelson Mandela. Whereas Paul Walker’s passing was unexpected as he was only 40, Mandela had been ill for months and many knew it was a matter of time given that he was…