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Thanksgiving Recipe 2014

London Thanksgiving Dinner
1 Portuguese
1 Australian
1 Briton
1 Irishman
1 Dutchwoman
1 American
8 supermarket trips
3 hours of cooking
5 Thanksgiving dishes (divided)
2 holiday candles
3 bottles of wine

Mix for 3 hours, stirring in 20 minutes’ worth of stories explaining the origin of Thanksgiving holiday and traditions (Optional: add 1/2 cup skepticism and a healthy dash of snark).

To make gluten-free or historically accurate, may substitute alternative Thanksgiving accounts.

Serve hot.


Taster Trip 2014 | Final itinerary

In under 3 weeks, we put over 3,000km on Winston’s tires. In each place we visited, we spent no more than 2 nights (with the exception of Durban) giving us a wee ‘taste’ of each place and plenty of incentive to return in time.

With a few adjustments from our original route, I give you our final trip itinerary, complete with links to my photos and reflections.

[Accompanying photos are primarily a compilation of my own, Marijn’s, and Cathy’s. How fortunate, else I’d never feature in a single one.]

Taster Trip 2014 | Praia de Macaneta

Sun, Surf, Sand, and PEIXE!

The crew (plus a few) spent our Easter weekend basking on the beaches of a wetlands peninsula off Maputo bay.

Another Mozambican wonder.

Taster Trip 2014 | Hour 1

We began our journey appropriately – with a serendipitous encounter at the Butha-Buthe filling station.

I, engrossed in my book (per usual on the long drives between Maseru and Mokhotlong), happened to glance up just at the right moment to see a white woman maneuvering from Masotho to Masotho at the station inquiring which pump dispensed diesel. She was clearly Dutch – blond hair, blue eyes, and possessed of that European style of dress which jogged my memory back to a December stop by London. It is fairly unusual to see white people outside of Maseru, though Butha-Buthe sees them in higher numbers than most places. It is even less common for me to recognize said white people as friends and colleagues from another part of the world.

Tossing my book I stumbled out of the car, getting tangled in my seatbelt along the way, and dodged about the mess of petrol station traffic. A strangled ‘Marijn! Marijn!’ escaped from somewhere within me as I rushed to greet my friend, who now turned confusedly before a giant blue Land Rover (Winston, I was to learn he is called).

We shared a long hug of greeting in the shadow of greasy oil pumps and to the tune of Basotho men yelling at one another directing the dozens of oversized vehicles. Welcome to Lesotho, Marijn and Ann 🙂


Home at last

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Thanks to these three lovely ladies for making the past three weeks what has truly become a once-in-a-lifetime trip filled with laughs, crafts, and great food.

Pictures, stories, and reflections to come!

Southern African Adventure

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  • 7-8 April | Marijn & Ann arrive in Mokhotlong
  • 9 – 11 April | Sani Pass & Drakensbergen
  • 11/12 April | Cathy joins us with friends from Jo’burg
  • 12 April | Drive to Durban
  • 13 – 15 April | Surfing near Durban, potentially go up to St Lucia/Kosi Bay/Richards Bay/Sodwana/Isimangaliso Wetland Park
  • 16-18 April | Swaziland
  • 18-19 April | Santa Maria Island, Mozambique
  • 20 April | Day trip with Maputo friends
  • 21 April | Back to South Africa
  • 22 – 23 April | Kruger Park
  • 24 April | Drive back to Pretoria
  • 25 April | Apartheid Museum, dinner, last bits and bobs
  • 26 April | Cathy, Ann, & Becky leave South Africa

Liteboho & Lehela

IMG_4468Last days of summer.