“I am pieces of all the places I have been, and the people I have loved. I’ve been stitched together by song lyrics, book quotes, adventures, late night conversations, moonlight, and the smell of coffee.

– Brooke Hampton


Life of Shal_About Me

Hello beautiful world and welcome to my little space on the internet!

My name is Shal and I’m a microbiologist, author and artist from South Africa. I love chocolate but more than that, I love following my heart… wherever it may lead. For many years I thought I wanted to be a scientist and save the world (and perhaps, I still do) but ever since I spent six whimsical months in The Netherlands, my soul has never been the same. The last few years have been a whirlwind of adventures across the East, which has sent my life spiraling in a completely different direction from which I ever expected. I spent a year teaching Chemistry in the Guangdong Province, followed by a year working for The Walt Disney Company in Beijing. Now I currently work in the medical device and regulatory field. I’ve lived in five different cities and traveled to over 30 different places. Somewhere along the way I wrote a book, learnt a new language, started a business and made friends all around the globe.  

I started this blog as a way to work through the endless thoughts and ideas in my head… but it soon turned into a way for me to relive the experiences I’ve had, share the knowledge I’ve gained and inspire other strong, free-thinking independent women to go out and follow their dreams.  

Here you will find stories of my wanderous explorations around the globe and hopefully endless inspiration so you too, can go out and start creating adventures of your own.

Happy reading and I hope to meet you somewhere on my next adventure!