Some travel to explore; others to escape; some for work and others for fun – I get to travel for all those reasons.

I grew up in Scotland, before moving to South Africa to continue my studies.  What was intended to be a two-year plan, actually resulted in me being based in South Africa for the past 16 years!  I had grand plans to travel the world – and I still do: I will make the most of any whiff of opportunity to travel that drifts my way.

As an Exploration Geologist, my travels are often to places that you wouldn’t necessarily put on your bucket list.  I have found myself working in: South Africa (obviously), Finland, Spain, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and The Sultanate of Oman.  At university I grabbed every chance to be a designated driver for under-graduate field trips that criss-crossed this mighty land I now call home.

Then, of course, there are the vacations!  Being based in South Africa is a great starting point for trips into neighbouring countries: Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.  I’ve even had the opportunity to pop over to Argentina and Chile from Johannesburg; flying times are pretty short in comparison with those from Europe and America.  I still go home to Scotland to visit my family. I try to make the most of my location and excellent travel links by launching short forays into Europe.

Photography is an essential part of my travels as I rarely buy souvenirs: I just wouldn’t have the storage space for it all!  Photos help me to remember my experiences, although I do realise keeping a journal would be equally helpful – if only I could be so disciplined as to do that!  By posting them up for the world to see, it pushes me to be more observant of the world around me, and helps to improve my photography.  So far, it has been a very rewarding experience: The Unwitting Traveller has enjoyed the Freshly Pressed limelight on two previous occasions (three, if you count the photo that was originally posted on my previous blog: Scene | Scope)

The Giant’s Causeway: Part Geology – Part Mythology

Giant's Causeway

The Amphitheatre

Shop Names of Ghana

Ripples in the Sand (via Scene | Scope)

Whilst current travels will dominate the agenda, some of my previous travels might make an appearance from time-to-time.  I’ve got old slide and negatives in the archives from at least 20 years ago, desperate to be rediscovered and not left to languish in a shoe-box at the back of the cupboard!  Now, if only I could find my memories 😉

Please feel free to comment or query anything that you see in this blog.



Despite there actually being comments attached to this “About” page of mine, my brand spanking new (and otherwise exceptionally spiffy) theme does not support said comments on Pages, of any sort. Go figure!  At least it supports comments on posts, phew! 😉  So, until the theme authors update this theme – know this:

There be comments on this here page; I have not killed them – I am not as socially inept or awkward as I may otherwise appear!

Hopefully the update will come along soon 🙂

22 thoughts on “About

    1. Hi Debra! Yes, it is quite lucky to have so many reasons to travel! It was one of the main reasons I chose to study & work as a Geologist… there are rocks everywhere and you don’t have to sit in an office! Thank you for visiting and commenting 🙂 – Lu

      1. Hello Lu, I just now stumbled upon your site while trying to find images of Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali. There are 2 images that are really interesting to me. I was trying to find reference images for a friends passion project documentary on a film. The special effects department recreated the Mosque of Djenne (and several of the ethiopian rock churches) in a film from the 70s. Your photos prove out the accuracy of the studio production design. I don’t see a contact button on this site so am hoping you could respond to me from seeing this reply. Could you contact me at capsizebrian@yahoo.com as I wanted to know if it would be ok to use your photos to prove a point. Thank you. Brian

  1. ” I may also throw in a few travel plans and background research of destinations where I hope to get to in the near future ”

    Put Indonesia on your list. 😀

    1. Don’t you worry! Indonesia is absolutely on the list! It was my preferred honeymoon destination, along with Malaysia & Singapore. We went to Mauritius instead – time not being on our side to make it further afield.
      I specifically want to take a boat trip to Anak Krakatoa… now that would be amazing! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

  2. Hiya, dropping in to catch up after visiting Scene Scope for the last time. I’ll get busy with the “random post” button when I find more time. Nice to know you’re still here. 🙂

  3. Your job is probably one of most travel enthusiasts dream about — being paid to work. Thanks for sharing your stories and photographs =)

    1. Thanks, GaiL, for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂
      It is a great job, and sometimes I catch myself taking it for granted. Paid travel might not last forever, but I think I’ll always have itchy feet!

  4. I happened to randomly come across your blog and it is absolutely amazing. I am just starting mine on my travel experiences as a Hospitality and Tourism Management student at the University of Guelph and your blog as definitely inspired me.

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