Author: travelingmarla

Writer. Photographer. Literary Traveler… http://www.travelingmarla.com
The Prettiest Caterpillar in the World Tastes Like…

The Prettiest Caterpillar in the World Tastes Like…

“Why are you taking photos of this one? He is for eating.” K.B. stepped back to remove his shadow from over my camera. Lying across a dirt trail near my campsite in southern Africa I was tracking the movements of a large caterpillar. Camera pressed to my face I waited for it to reappear from …

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Zimbabwe on Hold

Zimbabwe on Hold

Monday’s library program, Zim, Zam and the Smoke That Thunders, has been postponed until early 2018. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Week festivities! Meanwhile in southern Africa the country of Zimbabwe was put on hold while our friends there awaited the outcome of military activity (aka “coup-not-coup”) and the potential ouster of one-time hero-turned-President-turned-Autocrat: Robert Mugabe. The …

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Answers to Life, the Universe, and Everything…This Saturday at 2pm

Answers to Life, the Universe, and Everything…This Saturday at 2pm

From geckos that “bark” to the wiggly-wobbly walk of a chameleon (and lots of great creatures in between) I might not be able to write the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but let me entertain you this Saturday with other fun tidbits…

This One’s for the Birds

This One’s for the Birds

It was a fun audience at my South Africa presentation in July. They came with great questions, and even gave up a few chuckles at my goofy jokes, and my grand designs to have Kurt build a party-size backyard braai. Many thanks to the Indiana Free Library for having me, and for hosting my upcoming …

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An American Life in South Africa: Presentation at the Library

An American Life in South Africa: Presentation at the Library

Back in the U.S.A., and hoping to share a few stories with you…in person! 3 great (and 1 silly) reasons to attend my presentation on South Africa at the Indiana Free Library next Thursday, July 12th! 1) You like to travel or dream of travel, and are curious what South Africa has to offer. 2) …

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Resurrecting the Bare-Bottomed Zebra

Resurrecting the Bare-Bottomed Zebra

Have you ever heard of a “quagga?” What’s black, and white, and red all over? Answers to these questions within my newly published essay at travel website, iExplore! Click here (or the photo above) to join me as I search for these “extinct” zebra, the elusive pygmy falcon, and capture a bit of travel photography …

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Win A Signed Niq Mhlongo Book…or TWO!

Win A Signed Niq Mhlongo Book…or TWO!

I received so many responses to last week’s contest that I decided to create a new #contest to give away TWO MORE of Niq Mhlongo’s books, each autographed by him: After Tears and his newest release, Affluenza. It’s easy to enter. Read today’s post, then follow the instructions at the bottom.

Signed Book Giveaways and Niq Mhlongo Answers Your Questions!

Signed Book Giveaways and Niq Mhlongo Answers Your Questions!

After a lot of traveling and a little bit of illness, I’m excited to bring back our ONLINE BOOK CLUB! Celebrated South African author Niq Mhlongo answers your questions about his writing, and the books that made him famous. You submitted so many engaging questions for this author that I felt I owed it to …

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