elmina castle canon

At his whim, the Governor stood on his balcony to select one of the 400 female slaves gathered below to be his ‘mistress’ for the day. A purpose-built staircases led directly from women’s dungeons straight to the Governor’s quarters. In return for being at the mercy of the Governor’s sexual fantasies, the terrified women received a proper Read More →

busua beach boat

Chris and I have only been in Ghana for a few months but we’ve already been lucky enough to receive our first visitor. Anyone who has lived overseas for a while will know how exciting it is to be visited by someone from back home. It’s a little hard to explain why exactly, but I Read More →

rural africa children

Shortly before leaving the UK for Ghana, Chris managed to land a job with a great local NGO called the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI). As part of his induction to the organisation, in mid-March he paid a visit to the team’s headquarters in a village called Humjibre, Western Ghana. He returned from his Read More →

Lifeventure ultralite packable daysack original

For long-term travels I usually travel with a 65l backpack and a 35l daypack. In my daypack, also known as my mobile office, I usually store my laptop, a book, a jacket, my DSLR camera, and other electronics and valuables, so I need a fair bit of space. However, on short sightseeing trips I always find that my daypack is far Read More →

adrien cuso international 3

Welcome to Volunteering Abroad. In this series I’ll introduce you to some inspiring friends I’ve met on the road — friends who at some stage in their life have undertaken a long-term volunteer placement abroad. When we lived in Sucre, Bolivia, we met Adrien who at the time was volunteering with CUSO International, a Canadian development organization Read More →

santa catalina monastery fountain

Having just spent an afternoon at a tapas bar here in Ghana, I was suddenly flooded with fond memories of my beloved Arequipa – which reminded me that I’ve been meaning to share some more photos from my stay in Arequipa for a while now, before work rudely got in the way. As such below are some Read More →

beer settling in a new city

One of the disadvantages of working in international development is regularly having to say goodbye to friends and colleagues – in our case this especially applies to those wonderful people we met in Bolivia, Cambodia, and Peru over the last few years. On the flip side, one of the great things about working internationally is Read More →

flight 001 packing bags review

I loath packing and living out of a messy backpack, which I think has to do with the fact that I am German and therefore genetically predisposed towards order. I remember painfully the days when I would just throw everything in my backpack and hope for the best. Of course I never found anything and the Read More →