Author Archives: Skip

Simon says: Dinner’s served in remotest Namibia

It is 7:30 on a Sunday night at the Kapika Lodge on the northern Namibia-Angola border. Half a dozen tables are set for the 19 guests, tastefully decked out with candles, linen tablecloths and formal place settings. Simon Amadhila, 29, enters the room, lighting it up with his iridescent smile and delicious, inventive food. It’s just another night of fine […]

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What my father taught me

“Humpf,” dad would have said if I asked him to describe his core values. He’d scratch his head and shrug and respond cryptically, amazed that I would ask such a question. “Ah, hell,” he’d have said. “Just do what’s right. You know what’s fair and just – so do it.” Some things oughtn’t need to be explained. Dad, who once […]

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‘Valuable guest’ back in the land of confusion

“Dear valuable guest,” began the tent card welcoming us to our hotel in room in Bangkok, a delightfully inelegant twist to the customary “Dear valued guest” that reflects the quaint honesty, faulty English translations and direct attitudes that prevail in Southeast Asia. We are back in the land of smiles, tuk tuks, cheap, delicious (and, sometimes dicey) street food, and of wholesale, […]

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