Angels in the desert: The secret of David Gareja monastery

Angels in the desert: The secret of David Gareja monastery

At the end of the world, you’ll find angels. They hide behind boulders, they wait ...

Lost on the road

Lost on the road

Flower offerings for the full moon in Sri Lanka Midnight in Sri Lanka. A full moon in Virgo is rising, ripe time for getting lives in order. From my hotel balcony I can see into an inner courtyard ringed with banana, coconut and frangipani trees, …read more

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Homeward bound

Homeward bound

Today, for the first time in over four years, I’m flying back to my home country. To be honest, it’s because I was guilt-tripped. ‘My 60th birthday is this year,’ my mother said while visiting me in Luang Prabang, ‘and it’d be really nice if …read more

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Standing at the crossroads: Last days (for now) in Melbourne

Standing at the crossroads: Last days (for now) in Melbourne

Tuesday morning, 6:30 AM. Luggage packed and ready by the door. One last breakfast in your kitchen, one last cup of tea in the garden. One last fur-ruffling for the house rabbit. One last walk to the train station. And off you go. I would …read more

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New country, new home: Hello Australia!

New country, new home: Hello Australia!

There’s a particular terror that you feel when about to uproot your life and move to a foreign country – with no job waiting for you, no apartment lined up, no money in your bank account and no return ticket handy just in case you’ve …read more

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Building castells in the sky: Catalonia’s human towers

Building castells in the sky: Catalonia’s human towers

We were going to see blood, I just knew it. And the little girl…she was going to be first. I couldn’t bear it, but I couldn’t look away either. There’s a tradition in Catalonia that will terrify you. I know it did me – but …read more

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Untethered again: A goodbye to Laos, and the next adventures

Untethered again: A goodbye to Laos, and the next adventures

It’s that time again. My room is barren, and most of my possessions have been whittled down into what fits inside my backpack. In a few hours, I’m flying to a completely new country, and hitting the road again for more than a month. It’s …read more

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Hands in the dirt: 2 weeks at a permaculture course in Thailand

Hands in the dirt: 2 weeks at a permaculture course in Thailand

‘Naomi,’ Kate said suspiciously, whipping around and looking me over, ‘why do you smell…clean?‘ I looked down. My freshly laundered shirt was the only thing around us not covered in dirt and sweat. If my time in Thailand had a theme, it was definitely getting …read more

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Acid sun and ancient ruins: Walking through Athens

Acid sun and ancient ruins: Walking through Athens

The sun. I remember the sun most of all. It came down harsh from up high, turning the city into stark opposing patches of light and shadow. My time in Athens was comically short – just a day long layover en route from Barcelona to …read more

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A burning blue: The best thing I did in El Nido

A burning blue: The best thing I did in El Nido

There’s a place, just outside of the main town, where you’ll see something that will make your heart will catch in your chest. I heard about it first from the guesthouse owner. It was the first place she recommended to me when I arrived in …read more

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Angels in the desert: The secret of David Gareja monastery

Angels in the desert: The secret of David Gareja monastery

At the end of the world, you’ll find angels. They hide behind boulders, they wait inside caves, and they peer out from the rock. Far outside the cities, out in the depths of a wilderness of red and blue stone, far isolated from the noise …read more

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