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I’ve been traveling since I was 8 years old, when I went with my grandmother from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to England, on one those stately old liners. We sailed from Cape Town to Southhamptom, stopping at the Canary Islands on the way.
I was well on the way to becoming a “Citizen of the World” and this idea and desire grew as the years passed—right from that young age I’d realized that one cannot live without any knowledge of other places on our earth and the other people who inhabit those places.
I was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and finished high school there. Then to university in South Africa, met and married Rod (another ex-Rhodesian), and we both worked in Pretoria, the capital of SA. Traveled as much as we could, had 2 kids, traveled some more, learned about wines, did a post-doc in USA.
A few years later, moved to the USA. Traveled a lot, drank more wines, lived in Australia for a year, stayed in Japan for a while (and learned how to shop for groceries and cook there), did a sabbatical in Paris, France. Traveled some more, and in between, we actually did work too! We felt we really were becoming citizens of the world.
Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one’s horizons, understanding and tolerance.
Our children, and now their families too, also caught the ‘travel bug’ and we often all travel together. Besides being a great family experience, this also gives another dimension and perspective to travel—having different generations travel together. Over the years, I have learned a lot from them.
But, much later, in the USA, we all changed our official identity and became USA citizens. This is a picture at Rod’s and my Naturalization Ceremony and 2 at the ceremony of our daughter, Nathalie.
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