Redstone Eco Center: Sustainable Living in Mahabaleshwar

India is a country that forces travellers to question their entire lifestyle and priorities, which is why so many people...

Unwinding in Udaipur

India has blessed us with a number of long weekends recently, thanks to a large number of festivals and celebrations...

Pigeon Purge

Before I moved to Mumbai I read many blogs about living in India, and became an avid reader of Rachel...

Making Myself At Home In Mumbai

It has been a while since I last wrote anything on this blog – over a month in fact –...

So Long, Sweden! I’m Going To Miss You.

Four years ago I moved to Sweden; a country often associated with long, cold, snowy winters. But, little did I...

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India is a country that forces travellers to question their entire lifestyle and priorities, which is why so many people come here looking for change. Some people come to India seeking spiritual enlightenment—finding respite for the mind and soul through …

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India has blessed us with a number of long weekends recently, thanks to a large number of festivals and celebrations. Most of these holidays I have spent either recovering from busy working weeks, or getting to know Mumbai better—although I …

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Before I moved to Mumbai I read many blogs about living in India, and became an avid reader of Rachel, the Hippie-in-Heels. She writes a regular feature called ‘This Is India’ in which she shares amusing anecdotes about what

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It has been a while since I last wrote anything on this blog – over a month in fact – and I can’t quite believe how quickly my first month in India has passed.

When we arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji …

Four years ago I moved to Sweden; a country often associated with long, cold, snowy winters. But, little did I know that after the harsh winter Swedes are rewarded with beautiful summers where the sun shines all day long. In …

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Have you ever wanted to experience the exotic flora and fauna of the rainforest, but are terrified of snakes and spiders? If so, then this post is for you!

Since my parents moved to Cornwall last year, I have been …

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Stockholm is a summer city; its leafy parks, rocky beaches, and swathes of Baltic water that swirls around the city’s 14 islands all seem to have been designed for long summer days where the sky barely darkens.

Emerging from a …

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In my last post I write about Visby, a perfectly preserved medieval town and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Swedish island of Gotland; but the colourful labyrinthine alleys of this Baltic-blasted, cobbled town are not the only thing worth …

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Swedes are travellers: roaming foreign lands is in their blood.

It is Viking blood, after all.

Stone depicting seafaring Vikings.

Stone depicting seafaring Vikings.

You’ll be hard pushed to travel far without running into a Swede or two. This is especially true of …

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One thing travelling teaches you is the element of surprise.

Cities long-hailed as great places to visit can disappoint (Vienna, I’m looking at you), and places often ignored, turn out to be some of the most beautiful and inspiring (hello, …

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You’ve just flown 3 hours south after a long, dark and exceptionally rainy Scandinavian winter, in the hopes of finding some spring sunshine only to step off the plane into colder, greyer, and wetter weather than you left behind.

That’s …

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These were the days before the technology revolution: we had no laptops, not even a regular phone. We didn’t even have a watch between us. We were two foreign females, alone in the middle of nowhere, as the sun was
Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

**Warning** This post contains spoilers, so if you haven’t seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty turn off the computer right now, go and see it, and come back later.

From the first moment I saw a trailer for the …

Now that the light is finally shining at the end of Sweden’s long, wintry tunnel, I am feeling the urge to climb out from under the thick duvet I have hidden under for the last 6 months and plan …

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When I travel I don’t deliberately seek out places that have been used as film locations, but every now and then I happen to stumble into one. Here is a round-up of the 10 best movie locations that I have …

Stockholm is a truly stunning city; that much has been established by pretty much any traveller to set foot on the cobbled stones of the Old Town. In the short summer months, boats chug across sparkling inlets that separate each …

Yay! It's the Union Jack!

This year I will have been an expat for 7 years, 8 if you count a previous year spent in Japan. I left the UK on July 27th, 2007, and moved to Vietnam. Since then I have also lived in

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An obsession consumed me, and the more I saw, the more I wanted”
Relentless blasts of icy wind grasped at the exposed skin of my cheeks, the only flesh not covered in layers of wool and fleece. The moisture…
A day out dog-sledding was a highlight of my trip to Swedish Lapland.

A memorable journey is often more about the people you meet than the things you see, and when I went dogsledding with Arctic Husky Adventures in Jokkmokk, Swedish Lapland, last week I met quite possibly the most welcoming people I …

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Birthdays. They just keep on coming around.

Despite the initial fear of turning 35, I am much happier and more confident now than I ever could have imagined in my twenties
Remember when you were a kid and it felt…