A week on Fantasy Island: Hamilton Island for the (not-so) intrepid

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A week on Fantasy Island: Hamilton Island for the (not-so) intrepid

On a clear day, the flight into Hamilton Island is as magical as it gets – flying north from Brisbane along the coastline of Queensland, the plane veers off over the ocean, where the pristine turquoise of the shimmering water is broken only by the frequent underwater reefs. That these reefs are submerged, yet almost […]

Eating for the soul – A Balinese Food Odyssey

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Eating for the soul – A Balinese Food Odyssey

A rush of warm air envelops me as I step out of Ngurah Rai airport terminal, passing crowds of tired looking tourists and dodging scooters carrying entire families that zoom past at astonishing speeds. Once safely ensconced in a taxi, I look outside, and although it is night, I get glimpses of the giant statues […]

Travelling After The Storm…A Journey to the Island of Ha’apai, Tonga

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Travelling After The Storm…A Journey to the Island of Ha’apai, Tonga

The first thing that you notice when landing on Lifuka – the main island of Tonga’s Ha’apai island group – is the incredible turquoise colour of the reef surrounding this palm tree lined island. The second thing that you notice, is the incredibly narrow and short landing strip, and the fact that it runs right […]

Yoga Around the World – Part four: Bali

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Travel | No Comments
Yoga Around the World – Part four: Bali

Bali is many things to many people. This is the place where you can find two dollar beers and great surf beaches, active volcanoes, fancy resorts the size of small villages, UNESCO protected rice paddies, hawkers pursuing you down the street with their wares and, of course, yoga. And although my “Yoga Around the World” […]

On Earth with the Gods – On seeing in Bali

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On Earth with the Gods – On seeing in Bali

“Seeing” in Bali is the study of harmony – more than a composition, or cropped arrangement that takes place behind a camera lens, harmony can be found in every tangible and non-tangible aspect of life, where the Balinese worldview revolves around the “Tri Hita Karana”: harmony among people, harmony with nature and harmony with God. […]

Yoga around the World – Part three: London and Phuket

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Yoga around the World – Part three: London and Phuket

Ah, London! There really needs to be little more said about a city that – after the shambolic darkness of Paris – leaves one feeling happy and secure and like everything is completely orderly (apart from the tube timetable). Being in London one can feel secure in the knowledge that one is in the heart […]

Yoga Around the World – Part Two: Bangkok, Vienna and Paris

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Travel | No Comments
Yoga Around the World – Part Two: Bangkok, Vienna and Paris

At the risk of using an over worn cliché, it has to be said that Bangkok is a city like no other. The seemingly endless skyscrapers nestled alongside small, rundown shack-like houses and shops, the occasional patch of dusty green inhabited by stray people and dogs, the streets teeming with cars – some of which […]

Yoga Around The World – Part One: Gold Coast, Australia

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Travel | No Comments
Yoga Around The World – Part One: Gold Coast, Australia

On a trip spanning three different continents, five countries, and six different cities, there is probably a million things I could choose to write about. Different customs, languages, people, food and drink and all manner of experiences along the spectrum of a massive seven week adventure: from Auckland via Australia’s Gold Coast to Bangkok, Thailand; […]

Around The World in Five Days

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Travel | No Comments
Around The World in Five Days

It should have been a fairly straight forward trip – Auckland to Montreal, Canada, via Sydney and Vancouver: a total travelling time of about 26 hours. Armed with two suitcases – one packed with an uncertain mind of what to wear in wintery Montreal, and one full of work stuff, as well as two carry […]

Roofless in Ha’apai

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Roofless in Ha’apai

Arriving on the Tongan island of Ha’apai is a pretty unique experience. A fifty minute flight from the main island of Tongatapu on a thirteen–seater, ex-Indonesian, seemingly at least fifty year old plane – which deafened our eardrums on take-off – is really something else. Not a good “something else,” but nevertheless memorable. Flying low […]