Australia bound

We sat on floor cushions with our MacBooks open and Queensland brochures spread haphazardly, half eaten wedges of tangy dhokla and cups of chai beside us. We were up to the last days of honeymoon planning when I suggested that perhaps they should extend, after all it’s no small feat to see Australia in a... Continue Reading →

In the silence of motherhood

"As a new mother, I often shook my head in bewilderment that my own mother did this with twins, already with a small child. Not that she ever once spoke of the circus at dinner time or the juggling act each morning; it only popped into my head years later. There's a lot we don't... Continue Reading →

Skimming the darkness

It wasn’t the kind of sight I thought I’d face when we walked through the nondescript gates of a rambling monastery on the southern side of town. But there I was, peering into a pentagonally shaped case, taller than me and stacked high with human skulls, cheekbones pressed against the glass. To my left two... Continue Reading →

Quick guide to India’s spiritual capital, Varanasi

"Since the birth of time, the Indian city of Varanasi has been a place of holy pilgrimage. For Hindu’s from all walks of life, the river Ganges and its promise of spiritual nirvana have given the city an energy that pulls both the devoted and the intrigued.  The ageless beauty of Varanasi comes to light... Continue Reading →

Holy wow!

We held our hands up to our noses and tried to block the stench of stale urine as we walked through the narrow laneways.  There were cows being revered, Sadhu’s and beggars crouching on the cobbled paths and the faithful lined up outside the tiny temples, with their floors ashen and sooty from the burning... Continue Reading →

Lost in Leh

"Dramatically perched on the mountain tops, the monasteries and palaces of Leh make for both stunning vista’s and hard climbs. To reach the temples, the steep stairways of 100+ steps require at least a decent level of fitness. The views are truly stunning; whitewashed walls, painted Buddha’s and exposed mountain peaks. To reach the temples... Continue Reading →

Something about Facebook

What is our obsession with Facebook? It’s become our worldwide search engine, event planner, pentameter for self-esteem, our social circle and the soapbox of many. Hardly a day goes by where most of us don’t check in or check out. Is it just the voyeur in us or does it resonate at a deeper level... Continue Reading →

Leh’d in Leh (or so the t-shirt says anyway)

There's really no way around it, road tripping in India is tough going. Even when you learn how to navigate around the wayward livestock and doe-eyed cows peering through the car windows at the traffic lights, the roads with their sinking potholes and rubble surfaces take some getting used to. In Ladakh, they are so... Continue Reading →

Making the most of Fiji’s Coral Coast

Where the azure of the reef folds into the deep blue of the sea, the horizon of Fiji’s sparkling Coral Coast is picture perfect. Everywhere you look, your vision is framed by the curve of the palm trees and their long green fronds ebbing and flowing in the breeze. The water is calm and the... Continue Reading →

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