Stick Fishermen of Sri Lanka: Fishing for Dollars

There are few things more exciting than seeing an iconic view of a place that you have travelled thousands of...

Playing Holi in Mumbai

Having seen numerous documentaries and vivid photographs of people covered head-to-toe in brightly coloured powder I have wanted to experience...

Riding the Rails in Sri Lanka: From Colombo to Galle

There’s only one way to ride the train in Sri Lanka: standing in an open doorway with your hair in...

A Rainy Day At Sigiriya

Sigiriya —the Lion’s fortress—is undoubtedly the highlight of a trip to Sri Lanka, so as soon as we reached Kandy...

Could I Live In Colombo, Sri Lanka?

During the planning stages of my recent trip (and by that I mean that I read an article or two)...

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stick fishing, Sri Lanka

There are few things more exciting than seeing an iconic view of a place that you have travelled thousands of miles to visit, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower glittering in the night sky, a decorated elephant walking down a busy …

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Having seen numerous documentaries and vivid photographs of people covered head-to-toe in brightly coloured powder I have wanted to experience Holi for many years. Out of all India’s many,many, festivals Holi is the most colourful and the most joyful. In …

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This is my most-liked picture on Instagram this week. It is a sunrise taken from my balcony at 7.15 am on Tuesday morning as I was getting up for work. I love the vivid colours and the placement of the …

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There’s only one way to ride the train in Sri Lanka: standing in an open doorway with your hair in the wind, while you desperately cling onto an ancient-looking rusty metal bar that looks as if it will peel away

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Sigiriya —the Lion’s fortress—is undoubtedly the highlight of a trip to Sri Lanka, so as soon as we reached Kandy we booked a car and driver to take us to the rock.

It would be an early start: the road …

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Colombo is very different from other cities that I have lived in, but would it work for me?
During the planning stages of my recent trip (and by that I mean that I read an article or two) I read…
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Visiting Stockholm between October and May is a thought that sends shivers down the spines of many, but in my opinion it is the nicest time to visit.  Although the city comes alive in the summer (read my post about …

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Last Friday evening I collapsed in my bathroom as I was about to take a shower.

Just like that: I twisted slightly to one side and fell straight down like one of those controlled demolitions, leaving me housebound for over …

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Winter is Coming.

Are you feeling it yet?

That dull feeling that creeps into your soul as the days get shorter and darker. That heaviness in your spirit as the sky gets heavier and the clouds grow thicker.

Although I …

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Recently I have read a number of ‘Ten Places Not to Visit’ posts, or negative posts about a place disliked by the writer in which they explain why you shouldn’t go there.

Amongst others places, I have read posts that …

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Before I left for my recent trip to Goa I envisioned long lazy days of lounging around in the sun, shopping for cute bohemian dresses, eating good food at beach-side shacks, and watching glorious sunsets over the Arabian sea: for …

Our original plans didn't include the Big Apple

Travellers are often asked what their favourite city is, so I have been thinking about my response to that question. It has taken a while to compile this list as my favourite city can change depending on what I want …

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I rarely write posts like this, but in the wake of the brutal murder of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on Koh Tao I feel compelled to write about the topic of safety for young female travellers, particularly …

Auto-Rickshaw. Just for fun.

All these points are specific to how I feel about Mumbai, where I live and work. I am not an authority on what living in another Indian city is like.  Of course, I am also well aware that my …

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The monsoon rains have waned, swelling Mumbai’s air with thick, sticky summer heat. It was in heat like this that I started my tour of Dharavi— the slum that was once considered the largest slum in Asia, and the area …

The full sweep of the bay from moutain to shore

According to the dictionary, spectacular is an adjective that means ‘beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way’; synonyms of which are striking, picturesque, breathtaking, arresting, glorious, and my two favourites, sublime, and awesome. Awesome as in the Romantic poets’ …

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 and sustainable tourism can offer a chance for the changes they require. Some people come …

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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 …