• Victoria Falls, Zambia – A Sublime Feat of Nature

    “The whole scene was extremely beautiful….but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” So said David Livingstone, the famed explorer, when he first saw Victoria Falls in 1855. It’s now 2016, where mass communications and information technology places many of the world’s wonders a Google search away. But the visceral rush

  • Jaisalmer – Sandcastle Fort and Stroppy Camels!

    “Are you strong?” When our guide squinted through the fierce mid-afternoon sun to greet me with this question, I could feel my heart sink to my shoes. Behind him, three camels sat in a languid, nonchalant row, chewing the regurgitated cud. The implication that I, the sole man in our British-Canadian trio, was about to

  • The End…or is it?

    On 29th July 2016 we returned from Tanzania having achieved what we’d set out to do. Most obviously, of course, we’d finished a library for the kids of the KYGN School, who were now able to read, borrow and access 1000 books between them – something they could only have dreamed about for years beforehand.

  • The Taj Mahal – Believe the Hype

    ‘The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.’ – Rabindranath Tagore When something becomes as overexposed as the Taj Mahal has, you have to wonder if it could possibly live up to its reputation. It is surely the first thing anyone wants to

  • Opening the library and farewell to KYGN

    We’d been at the KYGN School for nearly a week, and time was running out. So much so that I could even hear Matt Bellamy’s screeching voice and picture diplomatic/military delegates doing morbid synchronised dance moves around a table (my brain likes to play random association games sometimes, especially when stressed). We only had one

  • Working on the library

    Rising bright and early for our first day at the KYGN School, and it was time to get down to proper work. As I mentioned, the building itself was already up: more often than not, people looked surprised when I told them this was the case. But the simple fact is, the library building itself