My last blog post: Please subscribe to my new website!

  Dear loyal readers and followers, It is with a happy heart that I can inform you that Reviews on a Train has bought itself a new home! You’ll probably remember late last year when I blogged about my decision to quit my day job and pursue a career in writing full-time. Well, now that […]

My last post as an EPIK teacher: 5 things I’ll take away from the experience

  Goodness, last week I was an emotional wreck. (I was also very cold, but that’s besides the point.) I’ve already decided not to renew my contract and I’m all set to move to Seoul next year to pursue writing full-time. I’m all ready, you see, and then those kids looked at me with their […]

Two reviews: The Texture of Shadows and We Are Not Such Things

Book Review: The Texture of Shadows: A Novel by Mandla Langa Publisher: Picador Africa Device: Paperback Location: In bed Rating: Revolutionary   Book Review: We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun Publisher: Jonathan Ball Device: Kobo Location: In bed Rating: Unsettling   Today I’m reviewing two books side by side because I […]

Reflections on my goodreads challenge: So far, not so good (but I’ll keep on trying)

At the beginning of the year I made a foolhardy decision: I publicly pledged to read 100 books this year. Mathematics has never been my best subject, and once my husband pointed out that I’d have to read at least two books a week I promptly changed it to 50 books. One book a week, […]

The most amazing ice cream lesson: Confessions of a TEFL teacher

  My husband thinks I’m crazy. He might be right. Picture this: a tiny, pudgy, slightly red teacher arrives at school in the pouring rain, carrying 4 kilograms of ice and two litres of milk. Inside her massive backpack she’s got Ziplock bags in two different sizes, a kilogram of sugar, 2 kilograms of salt […]

I’ll probably spend my 30s roaming the planet, chasing the dream

I woke up this morning to the notification light on my phone flashing and my heart stopped cold. Ever since 30 December 2014 – this day last year – the sight of that green light continues to fill me with dread and despair. And yes, I know it’s bad to sleep with your phone next […]

After Toast: A Story about the Kindness of Strangers

ā€œDo your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.ā€ ā€• Desmond Tutu Today, something spectacular happened. But first, some background. A few weeks ago I braced the Joburg rains and my own shyness to attend the launch of a new cookbook called TWO […]