Sick

Where to start .. the beginning almost doesn’t make sense because it’s so far away and so many personal layers have been uncovered and shed in a process of sickness and rebirth which sounds cliched and overly dramatic and was, or rather is, a reality I never expected. I’ve experienced different levels of pain in […]

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Varanasi – On river, religion and ritual

Varanasi, Benaras, Kashi … City of a thousand years.  City of the Sadhus. City with a list of names as long as it’s list of attributes. The city of Temples, Religion, Art, Culture, Tradition and Education … one of the oldest, still very much alive and very vibrant, living cities in the world. The famous […]

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Vicarious adventuring?!

  Dare I mention the dread ‘C’ word?! Is NYE any better?! After all, I am so far away from the socio-cultural signs that indicate this time of year to me that I have only just realised the date and am in shock that I am still getting the required amount of vitamin D! So […]

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Why is (gender) violence still an issue?

25th November 2017 – UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 200 million ….. 71% of all trafficking …. 35% of the global population ….. 1 in 3 These stats are intended to be be incomplete … I want you to look at the United Nations page in order to understand the […]

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The (he)art of travel

  There is no ‘correct’ way, no predetermined route … I make Plan B (for backup!) and Plan A evolves as I meander my way across the face of the globe!! The fear of missing out (FOMO!!) on something or someone or somewhere is still within my psyche but as I have travelled my philosophy […]

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Views of Osh, Kyrgyzstan

My photographic impressions of Osh city, the largest residential area outside Bishkek (the capital) in Kyrgyzstan. The city is situated in the south of Kyrgyzstan, in the Fergana Valley and close to borders with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.  It is home to various different ethnic groups including Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Russians, Turks, Tatars and other nationalities.  The […]

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Summer in Kyrgystan … the land of milk and honey (part 1)

Imagine lush meadows of flowers stretching as far as the eye can see, hues as multiple as the stars in the clear night sky and fat honey bees lazily floating on the warm breezes, producing honey equally as varied in clarity, flavour and colour.  Snow topped mountains giving rise to clear streams then wider rivers. […]

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