I realised with a great shock the other day that I’ve never posted anything about my Camino experience here on Peregrina.

Soon after returning, I wrote a piece for Slow Drive; then, about a year later, shared a few thoughts about it in Juice (Mango’s in-flight magazine); and finally put together a comprehensive guide for Traveller24.

But I never brought it back home to where it truly belongs – on Peregrina! Which makes me a little sad, really, because it was – after all – those two weeks as a pilgrim that sparked the renaming of my blog

Continue Reading "Snaps: The Camino Portugues on 35mm film (and a few thoughts on walking 240km with my mom)"

Ever since Rob Bell started his RobCast back in January 2015, I’ve been the most avid fan.

Whether he’s delivering a sermon or welcoming a super interesting guest into ‘the backhouse’, it’s always packed with insight, good vibes and positivity.

Rob kicked this year’s podcast schedule off with two episodes dedicated to a live, on-stage conversation/performance between/by him and Elizabeth Gilbert and in true Robcast form, it contained a wealth of refreshing nuggets of wisdom, comfort and inspiration.

I couldn’t resist sharing, so here are three of my most profound takeaways:

Continue Reading "Good advice: Permission slips, endings and embodiment"

Welcome to the new Things I Learned this Week feature on my blog. I’m very lucky to be in a line of work where reading, listening, interviewing and doing research is key. More often than not, I come across all sorts of interesting ideas, trivia and philosophies while wading through the reams of data I gather. But the thing is… I don’t always know what to do with it!

So, inspired by the newsletter of Austin Kleon, I thought this would be a good place to share some of them with you.

Here are a few of the most interesting things I learned this week:

Continue Reading "Things I Learned This Week: Of Wolf Moons and Honeybees"

This past week, Guillaume and I decided to take a little mid-week break and headed to the Cederberg for some flower-spotting and a quick two-day digital detox.

We stayed at Enjo Nature Farm in the Biedouw Valley and spent a full day hiking, rowing, swimming, reading, eating and laughing (mostly at Jasper).

I’d like to tell you more about this magical little place in a next post and show you some of my photos, but first, I thought I’d share some observations from the road. Observations that somehow stirred new hope and eased the tension that has been building in my belly from an overdose of news and opinions, fear-mongering and negative talk on social media.

Continue Reading "Report from the road: there is more good than bad, don’t forget"