Category: Something New

How much does it cost to travel the world for a year?

In tribute to a similar post by Kyle and Briana over at RollGlobal, I’ve decided to share with you how much it cost my wife and I to travel in Asia for 11 months. If you’re the impatient type, it

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Learning to meditate

A couple of people have gotten in touch with me after a previous post on my experience doing a ten day silent meditation course, asking me about it and about other introductions to meditation that are out there. Long story

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An unpleasant start to China

We arrived in Nanning in southern China after a long night train from Vietnam. I spent the night sleeping on what was by far the best bed I’ve ever had on any form of public transport. The pressed cotton sheets

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Fertilised duck eggs and other Vietnamese delights

Food in Vietnam deserves a post of it’s own. Not only is it wonderfully tasty and full of healthy leafy greens, but it’s also made fresh to order right in front of you. From bowls of pho, to barbequed bun

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Fire breathing dragons, strange religions, and communist propaganda in Vietnam

Welcome to Vietnam, the land of napalm and noodles. This country has been through the wars (four since world war 2 ended) and it’s doing amazingly well when you take that into account. Understandably much of the built heritage has

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The story of one monkey’s decline in alcoholism

I saw this little guy in the trees when we were walking around the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. He was watching passing tourists like a hawk, so intently that it piqued my curiosity. I stayed to watch

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Touring around Bali on a scooter

Bali. It really is a paradise… well, that’s what I’d heard from people whenever I spoke with them about it. As usual the truth is a little more complicated. The main tourist area of Kuta is actually a horrible mess

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Crunchy crickets and cockroaches in Yangon

It’s a pity that Yangon doesn’t start a ‘c’ or I could’ve bagged a four word streak of alliteration. Anyway, they eat some strange things in Burma. In the past I have eaten many things that seem unbelievably weird to

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Inle Lake: Neck extensions, lotus stem silk weavers, and more

We arrived to Inle lake on a long bus trip from Bagan and recouperated in a lovely hotel (Teakwood Guesthose) run by a local woman. Some background: typically if a breakfast is included with the room in most places in

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Surviving the heat in Bagan: a photographer’s paradise.

It was almost unbearably hot in Bagan. The temperature often crept towards 45°C in the afternoon so we’d get up ridiculously early in the morning to explore some of the 2200 temples in the area. Then we’d try to find someplace

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