Tag Archives: Culture

Downtown Willemstad, Curacao.

Curacao: Blue waters, blue cocktails, deep history

To be honest, the only thing I knew about Curacao was that it produced an eponymous liqueur – the blue version is very popular at bachelorette parties  — not that I go to many these days. It’s very sweet, with … Continue reading

Where Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed. There's a marker by the side of the road now.

Northern Louisiana: Meat Pies, Catfish and Where Bonnie and Clyde Met Their Maker

1)    Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum reports on the last chapter of one of the most documented criminal love stories in America. Gibsland, where Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed has a funky little museum funded by private donor in Dallas … Continue reading

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What I Love About Shreveport

1)    Memorial Auditorium, where Elvis got his start on Louisiana Hayride in 1954. In 1969, guitarist James Burton signed on with Elvis and stayed with his band until Elvis’ death in 1977. Burton is a Shreveport boy and has a … Continue reading

Atlantic City

10 Best Atlantic City Destinations Off the Boardwalk

Atlantic City, the Jersey Shore’s gambling Mecca, is chock-a-block with casinos, but there is plenty to do for non-gamblers as well. Next time you’re in the Boardwalk Empire, check out these hidden gems. 1)     The Irish Pub – The walls … Continue reading

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Podcast about Gender-Based Violence in Swaziland

Listen to my interview with David Peck on his podcast, Face2Face. This was done via Skype, and luckily a huge rainstorm had just ended.

Singing pre-schoolers helped launch the Day of the African Child.

How Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affect Children

This year, the international theme for Day of the African Child, celebrated June 16th,  is “Eliminating harmful social and cultural practices affecting children: Our collective responsibility.” Swaziland has taken the commemorative day a step further and the entire month of … Continue reading

Bushfire Blazes: Swaziland music festival puts nation on the map.

What an amazing, amazing outdoor festival last weekend. Bushfire, put on by the folks at House on Fire, drew around 20,000 people to sample Southern African music, delicious indigenous dishes, Fair Trade craft shopping and non-stop Swazi singing and dancing. … Continue reading

Nature design installation at  National Museum.

Innovative Swazi Design: Khulekani’s JeremPaul Exhibit

Walking into the JeremPaul Exhibit opening at the National Museum in Lobamba, the first thing I saw was a mat of fresh grass and an overturned tree trunk radiating hundreds of red-wool beams. Welcome to Khulekani Msweli ‘s world: Nature … Continue reading

Lobamba Village Tour

People who are only visiting Swaziland for a short time can get a feeling for the true life of Swazis by taking a village tour. Yes, the first impression of Swaziland is smooth paved highways, shopping malls filled with trendy, … Continue reading

Swazi NGO Meeting Culture – It’s about the food!

I’ve been attending quite a few NGO campaign launches, workshops and stakeholders’ meetings since I came to Swaziland and have noticed that things are run a little differently than in Canada. Food is very important and helps draw attendees (humm, … Continue reading