coenvanwyk



After a civil service career of 37 years that took me to different parts of the world I took early retirement and kept traveling. I have done a lot of traveling in Africa, but also Europe and the UK. My interests are in history, why people live the way they do, and what they eat. In the end, I found, most people are the same, like the same things, and given a chance would live happily together. I am married, have three kids who are now beginning to have their own kids, and sometimes work at writing travel articles, blogs, I edit students' dissertations and some other stuff, and do the odd translation. My hobbies are reading, photography, and more+

Desert flowers

It rains, sometimes, in the Kalahari in spring. If that happens, you must leave your routine quickly, and take the long road west. For miles there is...

Namibia dreams

The Namib desert is the oldest desert on earth. Yet humans have been living here for longer than in almost any other area in the world, in these...

Up the Congo River

by Shahnaz Sayed van Wyk, The idea of going up the Congo River has been on our minds since we knew we were getting posted to the Democratic Republic...

Casablanca meatballs

This is a modified recipe of a tagine of meatballs we had in the medina of Casablanca, in a restaurant that was barely a hole in the wall. It cost...

Moroccan Harira soup

In many restaurants, at least popular ones, in Morocco they would have a huge pot near the door, and children would come in with a bowl, in the...