Author Archives: Marcus Forster

Finally Coming Home.

Over the past few days I have been having the most powerful memories from my childhood.  It’s not that this has never happened before, it’s just that over the past 16 years I have spent most of my time living … Continue reading

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Animal Innards and Freedom for Lunch

The restaurant that I am sitting in has no name.  It exists on the back street of a back street in Soweto, South Africa.  In search of a traditional black South African meal, our guide and resident knower-of-all-things Soweto, Richard, … Continue reading

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KwaZulu-Natal – The Proverbial Elephant in the Room

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I once read somewhere that Africa can “get under your skin” and despite not being able to remember the source of the quote, I can attest to the validity of it. After the ecological wonders of Kruger National Park and … Continue reading

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In the Land of the “Big Five”

“Right now I’m just trying not to hit a Rhino, okay!”  Such are the comments that occur in a car driving in Kruger National Park in South Africa.  Home to a staggering array of wildlife, Kruger is South Africa’s most … Continue reading

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A Quick Visit to the Persian Gulf.

Geographically, Abu Dhabi is a conundrum.  Standing on the Corniche, sweating in the midday sun, I looked out over the Persian Gulf and thought, “that’s Iran over there.”  Iran is a country that still stones women to death for adultery, … Continue reading

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Naxos – Home of the Gods, Blood Fueds and Distilled Tree Liquor!

“This is ‘Greek Firewater’, it is like Raki” says the lady behind the table.  I watch her carefully place my glass under the huge bottle and slowly turn the small pewter faucet. The yellow liquid, looking disturbingly like urine, dribbles … Continue reading

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A Misanthrope Journeys to “Paradise” – Santorini.

Santorini is an adjective-rich environment.  Words like stupendous, splendiferous, astounding, monumental, breath-taking, and wonderous could all be used (sometimes several to a sentence) to describe what might be the most beautiful island that I have ever been to.  It is … Continue reading

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Sunset over Santorini

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Bodhisattva #3 – The Exile!

When you run so fast to get somewhere, And hurry and worry through the day, You miss half the fun of getting there, Like an unopened gift you threw away. Nigel Mowet-Napier is not a welcome sight to many.  Long … Continue reading

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Taverna Eating – Make Mine Greek!

“You will love this taverna,” chortles my new friend Jens, “It is totally old-school.  All the other taverna owners hate him because he catches his own fish and cooks it cheap.”  We are on our way to Zorba’s, a Greek … Continue reading

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