Cycling in Cambodia
Jan13

Cycling in Cambodia

The Idea Two days earlier, I had arrived in Siem Reap with little more than an idea: to go cycle touring in northern Cambodia. With no information available online, I set off with little idea what to expect and nothing but a small rucksack filled with a single change of clothes, a few spare bike parts and enough food and water for a couple of hours. It wasn’t long before I left the busy tourist centre with its many souvenirs and...

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Beyond Words –  Brazil for the Deaf Traveler
Jan06

Beyond Words –
Brazil for the Deaf Traveler

Part of the appeal of traveling to other places is broadened horizons, right? New languages, new people: all part and parcel of the spice of a new country. As a deaf traveler, negotiating my way through a new culture in complete silence was doubly difficult in comparison to attempting in my own. Language barriers are challenging enough as a deaf person working between my own language, English, and the UK’s national sign language,...

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Sukhothai, Thailand
Dec30

Sukhothai, Thailand

There is a distinct freedom that is ever present when site seeing by bike. Maybe it is because having my own transportation allowed me to briefly escape the constant hammering of touts by the locals. During my latest bicycle trip, I explored the 800 year old UNESCO World Heritage site of Sukhothai, Thailand. Besides its other worldly temples that sat upon mirror-like lotus ponds, the main highlight was the megalithic Buddha of Wat Si...

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The Toy-Train of Darjeeling
Dec23

The Toy-Train of Darjeeling

For the kid in me… The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the 1st that I sat on. It’s called the Toy-Train. They are also called Mountain Railways, and there are 5 such Mountain Railways in India – Kalka-Shimla Railway [Himachal Pradesh], Darjeeling Himalayan Railway [WestBengal], Nilgiri Mountain Railway [TamilNadu], Matheran Hill Railway [Maharashtra] & Kangra Valley Railway [Himachal Pradesh]. These trains were built...

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The Mayor of Pula, Croatia
Dec16

The Mayor of Pula, Croatia

Getting lost in a foreign town is an inevitable part of travel. It can be exciting, enlightening and incredibly frustrating, but it’s never permanent, as by some mysterious law of the universe a helping hand or friendly face invariably seems to appear. In my case, this helping hand belonged to the self-proclaimed Mayor of Pula. I met him on a sun splashed residential street some way out of the centre of town. I had arrived at...

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A Hidden Concert in a Berlin Warehouse
Nov25

A Hidden Concert
in a Berlin Warehouse

It is a chilly Sunday evening in Berlin. Late October and the trees have shaken off their leaves. I shuffle my feet through piles of golden yellow and approach two steel doors with graffiti scrawled on them. Two smokers huddle in the cold, shifting from one foot to the other, trying to stay warm. I go inside. A man with a white head of hair runs his finger down a list, stops and draws a line through my name. He hands me a chit of...

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Giving Alms in Thailand
Nov18

Giving Alms in Thailand

I washed my hands, wore a spotless white shirt and made sure my face was cleanly shaven. Hastily checking my cellphone clock, I grabbed my bananas, chose seven gnoh (for its religious and spiritual significance) and gingerly placed each item into a plastic bag. With my heart beat steadily increasing and sweat beads forming on my forehead, I proceeded out of my apartment and embarked on the first phase of alms giving—finding a...

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La Maison Arabe, a Riad in Marrakech
Nov11

La Maison Arabe, a Riad in Marrakech

When I first arrived in Marrakech with its wide boulevards stalled with traffic, chain hotels, modern buildings and palm trees, I felt disappointed. I could have been somewhere in Florida! But then I passed through the old city walls and a park where camels were sitting in a shady grove, smelled the exotic spices for sale in the medina, observed people wearing traditional jellabiyas, and heard the “call to prayer” from the minaret on...

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For the Love of Nasi Lemak
Oct28

For the Love of Nasi Lemak

I live in the birthplace of one fantastic dish, and it’s one that many have not heard of. Yes, a good old plate of Nasi Lemak. Where am I from? Malaysia. A country that’s filled with different walks of Asians – Indians, Chinese, Punjabis, Malays and a whole number of other races. What makes the country unique is the fact that all come together as one in festivities, cultural celebrations and yes, food. Our national dish has got to be...

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Responsible Tourism in Nairobi
Oct21

Responsible Tourism in Nairobi

I woke up in Nairobi, Kenya, fully rested after 13 hours on a bus to arrive there. I had been living in Tanzania doing aid work, and was eager for a long weekend in a new country. However, with tourism being one of the leading economic sectors in East Africa, it’s always been important to me to participate responsibly. During my time in Nairobi, I made sure to only put as much of my money towards organizations and outings that would...

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