A selection of my best travel writing
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Sir Terry Pratchett
The best thing about travel is being able to tell stories about the experience. Here you will find a selection of my travel stories, from searching for a holy figure in Japan to teaching English in South Korea. Click on the images or download the articles in PDF format. Visit my blog for more travel posts:
Searching for Kobo Dashai
This article received a City Press travel writing prize:
#Trending readers are being asked to submit their travel pieces for a chance to win a trip to Durban. From the first entries, Annetjie van Wynegaard captivated us with her search for the resting place of Buddhist priest Kobo Daishi in Japan.
At first the train stopped at bustling stations with hordes of Japanese businesspeople, smartphone-wielding teenagers and American tourists pressing up against each other. Then the crowd thinned and as we neared the end of the line, the stations became older, more contained.
This article appeared in Kulula’s in-flight magazine::
During the biennial Calitzdorp Winter Festival, the mountains are capped in snow and visitors warm themselves with portstyle wines from Axe Hill, Boplaas, Calitzdorp Wine Cellar and De Krans. Portuguese cultivars like Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barocca flourish in the arid climate, which prompted Calitzdorp to call itself SA’s Port Capital, at least until 2012, when Portugal legally prevented the use of ‘port’ to describe non-Portuguese wines.
A lonely but easy life
A reflection on my second time in Korea:
Thousands of young SA graduates have gone overseas to teach English in South Korea, taking advantage of its competitive pay and promise of adventure. Longtime teacher Annetjie van Wynegaard describes what it’s really like:
It’s hard to describe South Korea to people back home. My friend and fellow English teacher Palesa Ashleigh Mgidi calls it a mixture of easy and lonely: “Everything here is easier and affordable: getting resources, transport; everything you need is available for you to lead your life without interruption. Lonely, because nothing is familiar; I miss people who look like me and speak like me.”
More Travel Writing
During my final year in South Korea (2016), I worked as a content creator for EPIK e-Press — the English Program in Korea. I created regular blog posts, photographs and videos about my travels in Korea and my life as an EFL teacher.
Follow the link below for all my EPIK posts, as published on my blog Reviews on a Train and re-published on EPIK e-Press: