Where in the world is way better than Where’s Wally


Who doesn’t love Where’s Wally, hours of fun pouring over pages looking for him. The local library was my favorite hangout when I was younger and it was the only place where I could get my hands on Where’s Wally books.

There is another less famous search game that can be played and all one needs is a world atlas, luckily we had one at home. It’s really simple open random page in the world atlas, pick an obscure place on the map, say the name of the place to everyone in the group and see how long it takes for them to find it. The great part is that it was a game that could involve a group of people or even two teams.

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Never pick a major city, that’s way to easy. Mix things up and pick a river, that’ll throw them off. Eyes scanning, fingers moving slowly grid by grid to see who finds it first. I guess that is how my fascination with maps and the world began. I always wondered what it be like to live in those far-flung places that would be exotic to me but normal to its natives. I wondered how they lived, what they did, what they liked.



Books I wish they would make movies of

Sometimes I feel that there should never be film adaptations from books because too often they get it so wrong. However when they get it right they make the reader happy that the writers vision was honoured.

Tom Clancy – Without Remorse – The story of John Kelly  and how he avenges the death of the woman he loved by taking down a large drug and prostitution ring – I mean who doesn’t love all the action of a vigilante rampage?

Dalene Mathee – Kringe in ‘n bos – a 1984 Afrikaans novel based in the Knysna Forest about a young man named Saul and an old wise elephant Oupoot and how they have to fight to save their worlds.

A Bryce Courtenay Trilogy because not only are trilogies still all the rage but they are so normal these days that it’s weird when a movie isn’t a trilogy

  1. The Potato Factory – set in the early 19th century it is story about Ikey Solomons and Mary Abacus and their exile from England to Tasmania
  2. Tommo and Hawk – 2 brothers (Mary’s 2 sons) deals with their kidnapping and their trials and tribulations that follow.
  3. Solomon’s Song – the battle between the 2 Solomon’s families continue.

Roald Dahl – The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar – A greedy gambler who starts a yoga training program that will allow him to cheat at cards. However after 3 years of training he decides to use his powers for good and over a period of twenty years he travels to casinos all over the world and uses the money to set up orphanages in every country he visits.

Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist – I’m always going on and on about this book so would love to be able to see it on the big screen. A young man travels from Spain to Egypt in search of his treasure and destiny.

When funny isn’t funny anymore

Ok I get it ha ha ha it was funny the first few times. In fact it was even funnier when I said it. But is it just me or is becoming less funny by the nanosecond? I’m sure you’re getting tired of it as well. The Twilight jokes, the Justin Bieber jokes, the Harry Potter jokes.

Everyone including their smelly drunk uncle and his three-legged dog has got a Twilight joke or snarky comment. It’s so funny that it’s not funny. When it was only the elite few that was sniggering about it well then it was still ok. But now everyone is doing it and which is such a turn off for me. The minute something becomes too popular I run in the opposite direction. So now I will have to start gushing about Edward ‘s pale sparkly skin. Those are the rules. My rules but they still count.

For now I’ll laugh because well it really still is kinda funny. Laugh with me now.


10 Things I miss about being 10 years old

1. Books were so magical it was like being transported to another time and place.

2. Keeping fit was easy especially when I played games in the road everyday: 3 sticks, dodgeball, hopscotch, skipping rope, cartwheels, hand stands, the list is endless.

3. Board games, pillow fights and building blanket castles that kept me entertained for hours.

4. Old school tv games: Tetris, Islander, Bomberman, Super Mario Bros. (at least now I know Mario and Luigi are Italian) – I find Playstation, Xbox’s and Wii’s a bit overwhelming.

5. Not worrying about my sugar intake: toffee apples, candy floss, curly cones.

6. I wasn’t always sarcastic and cynical well not until after I reached the age of 12.

7. The ability to survive without a cellphone in fact not even knowing what a cellphone is.

8. Having a cute 4-year-old brother who at that time didn’t annoy me as he does now at the age of 23.

9. Any family outing was like an adventure to unknown lands just waiting to be discovered.

10. An unshakeable belief that my mother and grandmother could do anything, invincible pillars of strength with a multitude of superpowers.


Timeline to democracy

 I’ve just finished reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm and it amazes me how a book written in the 1940’s can still be relevant today’s time. SA’s Farmer Jones (Apartheid) has been abolished and we have been a democracy since 1994. However, even though a new government starts out with good intentions should we be fearful of the fact that a Napoleon could be in our midst? Almost 20 years later there are still so many promises that has been made to us that has yet to be delivered.

10 Things I have learnt this week

1. Face your challenges and fears head on.

2. I get lost in book stores and lose track of time. I’ve realised that I’ve never read a Charles Dickens book in my life and I read way too much chick lit. Looking forward to reading David Copperfield.

3. Catching up with a friend you haven’t seen in months is always great.

4. I’ve been reminded how much I love classical music.

5. There are very few things that can beat getting good news.

6. All you can eat sushi is deceiving, try as you might there is only so much you can eat.

7. Summer is here and I’ve realised how much I miss surfing.

8. Learning German is much more difficult than learning Italian.

9. I miss sleeping in and getting up late on weekends.

10. There are more similarities amongst people than there are differences.

English Please

Andy is the crazy Brit I met on my travels. Upon discovering that me and my friend were the only South Africans (hence forth known as the Saffers) staying at the hostel he thoughtfully shared with us the vilest SA profanity that he was taught. It’s not pretty so I cannot share it with you here. And when I say share I mean he would scream it loudly wherever we happened to be: bus, subway, club, etc. Thankfully no one understood what he was saying and I taught him another swear word just for him to take a break from the aforementioned one.

He also had us believing that he’s a sheep farmer. He was almost always drunk. But he also extremely hilarious and fun to be around. After helping us get home on our first night in Barcelona he wanted to see our room as it was one of the only private rooms in the hostel. I’m not sure if what happened next was funny or annoying (probably a bit of both). He got undressed and got into one of the beds and refused to leave. No matter how much we cajoled, begged, shouted he remained unphased by it all and actually asked us to only speak in “English please.” We of course were speaking English as it’s our first language.

The United Kingdom is quite low on my list of countries I want to travel to but it got bumped up after this trip. We met quite a few other travellers from the UK (sane ones) and everyone was really friendly. The added bonus would be that everyone speaks English and that I wouldn’t have to worry about a language barrier.

Ireland – Giant’s Causeway

Wales – Since 1988, Hay-on-Wye has been the venue for a literary festival, which draws +/- 80,000 visitors over ten days at the beginning of June to see and hear big literary names from all over the world. This would be any avid reader’s wet dream.

Scotland – Edinburgh Castle

London – (I do realise that there is more to England and the UK than just this one city)