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The nomadic life of Mara & Raf

Hemel Hempstead
Our bags were pretty much packed and we were ready to go on a jet plane to Germany for our first trip abroad for almost two years. And then everything changed again. The omicron variant took off in England, travel regulations changed, and it became clear that we’d need to stay at home once more. So, we actually managed to stay in South East England for the whole of 2021! Of course this is…
Cape Town
Every time another niece or nephew is added to our wider family, we become aware of the wonderful miracle of new life. Raf’s sister Tabitha gave birth to Asher at home a few days ago, and we are again so amazed and excited….
Cape Town
Raf became close friends with Cindy while they were both at Cornerstone College in Cape Town. And because Cindy and her partner Bettina later also lived in London for a good number of years we  were able to spend many special moments all together. But in addition to Cape…
Hemel Hempstead
Moving is hard work. Eight trips by minivan, three trips with brother-in-law Matthew’s car and ten trips with our small car later and we have managed to move most of our belongings from Finchley to Apsley. There was some painting to do as well as ripping off wallpapers, some…
London, UK
It’s the time of farewells. Mara is saying goodbye to her boss Alison, who she has known since her first deployment in Pakistan in 2006. In addition to Alison, Birgitte, the head of the department under which Mara’s section of the International Emergency Section falls is also retiring. We are…
London, UK
While Covid continues to wreak havoc around the world, some restrictions have been lifted here in the UK in recent weeks. That has meant that we’ve been able to meet friends and family in small numbers and could even enjoy having some sleepover guests. But we are also still mostly working…
When we celebrated Easter last year we would have never guessed that a year later we’d still be facing lockdowns and restrictions with the pandemic being far from over. But here we are, it’s April 2021 and our life in the last few months has still meant mostly working from…
The Coronavirus and the resulting Covid-19 disease changed the world and it changed all of us. At the time of writing, 125 million people are affected and almost 3 million people have died globally. In addition to the incredible loss and the hurt due to death and sickness, countless…
It is the 27th of January and the cases of Covid-19 globally has officially crossed the 100 million mark. What a tragic milestone. 2.1 million people have died of Covid-19. In the UK we crossed 100,000 deaths yesterday. Another tragic milestone. The numbers are huge and hard to comprehend and…
The Advent and Christmas season has started but in 2020 this will look very different. In London we still find ourselves in a lockdown and even when it probably ends in a few days there will still be restrictions, which means that we won’t be able to meet people…
West Curry, Cornwall
Our short trip to Wales a few weeks ago was great, so we decided to do it all over again: Doing the glamorous kind of camping and going for long walks along the dramatic British coast. This time we went to Cornwall and Dorset, and we slept in yurts….