Coffee_Me’s anticipation of introduction each coffee companion can be compared with one starting a rise on the mountain in total darkness and cold shivering through the bones in order to see the sun rise or watching the dance of magnetic fields of northern lights, I have experienced neither of those:) but I could at least relate to the excitement:) I might disagree with that once I do at least one of the experiences but for now let it rest on the same level of my imaginative mind . Meet:
I met this gentleman at some stranger’s house where a late lunch was taking place on the 2nd day of this year. I was invited there by my one of my earlier coffee_me companions that practically is a stranger too, since that was my 3rd time seeing him. What an exciting life I’m leading:) But it gives me an opportunity to meet these amazing people with their incredible life paths, it’s like catching a train and instead of travelling straight to the destination I get off at each stop on the way and admire the beauty and uniqueness of each spot.
Rob’s life started in the north side of the island (Scotland), while growing up he began his descent down to the south step by step, even in London he chose the south of the city as his permanent place of residence. Upon finishing Cultural Studies degree at Liverpool University he decides to move to Cape Town (“ Dream woman in city form ”- he says with a sparkle in his eyes) which changes his life. He came there with nothing and returned with a clear vision of future ahead of him.
Whilst residing in the south part of the African continent he started off modelling for catalogues, as an extra in pop videos, adverts and eventually worked as a stand up comedian even appearing in South African television. At this point I, of course, asked him to say something funny, because that’s what you expect people to do clearly once hearing such news:) According to me they have to just erupt with funniness, not exactly:) Nevertheless it seems like Rob’s talent wasn’t left unnoticed as he got approached by an editor from some magazine and was asked to write for them. To be precise travel and write. Their unfortunate travel journalist got sick with malaria from his previous trip and they needed someone right away to travel to Botswana. So Rob did and got acquainted with the profession well where you write and travel and get paid for it. 15 years on and he is still very much doing the same. Wouldn’t you?! I think this is a profession one never wants to retire from until the last breath:)
Rob is not only a traveller journalist, he covers many areas of writing and does so for well known glossy magazines (Tatler, GQ, Highlife etc) as well as for not very glossy but also well known newspapers (Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard etc). If that wasn’t enough he also reads lectures at universities and records documentary programmes on radios and does talk shows (BBC4, BBC6 and Radio 4 etc:). Basically he has the dream job, for sure, no doubt about that. At this point Rob shares with me one of his motivating sentences to the audience when lecturing: “You might think that to be a travel writer is a hard thing to achieve, but I’m partially sighted, am a non driver, speak no foreign languages and have no journalist education.” No further comments on this one, apart from – the world is our oyster.
Likes: Oysters // Dislikes: Mumbai
P.S. And he is funny;)