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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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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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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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Guess what? YOU can come with me to BALI!

Guess what? YOU can come with me to BALI!

Guys. GUYS. I am so excited about this that I can barely find the words to write about it. So first, a deep breath. And a few questions. First, what’s your creative outlet? Are you an artist, a photographer, a painter? Maybe a writer, a …read more

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My summer plans: Employed in Luang Prabang!

My summer plans: Employed in Luang Prabang!

Surprise! I’ve stopped travelling. Well, that’s not completely true. I’ll be back on the road in September, starting with Vietnam, and hopefully continuing through Cambodia and Southern Thailand (unless I go live on a farm…no joke). But for the hot, Southeast Asian rainy season of …read more

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If you give a kid a camera…: Photos by Lantan kids in Laos

If you give a kid a camera…: Photos by Lantan kids in Laos

I thought I’d let someone else get behind the viewfinder, this time. Recently, I spent some time in Nam Ha National Protected Area, up in Laos’ far northwestern corner, to go trekking. Though we stayed mostly in secondary, we got to visit some primary jungle …read more

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Folk religion in Burma: Nat worship at Mount Popa

Folk religion in Burma: Nat worship at Mount Popa

Sometimes, Burma feels completely unique. The presence of traditional dress, for one thing: both men and women still wearing longyi, like tight sarongs, in place of jeans or skirts. Swirls of yellow thanaka, a type of sunscreen from tree bark, in patterns on cheeks and …read more

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Burma: Believe the Hype

Burma: Believe the Hype

Golden stupas, swirls of yellow thanaka, a distinct dearth of foreign businesses, long bus rides on rough roads, mosques and churches and pagodas and temples all on the same street, teahouse chatter, confusing bureaucracy, beautiful sights with no tourists, and the friendliest, most hospitable people …read more

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Dancing at the base of the mountain: the Shambhala Festival, Thailand

Dancing at the base of the mountain: the Shambhala Festival, Thailand

Massive teepees, waist-length dreadlocks, rainbow bunting and mystic dance circles: just one weekend at the Shambhala In Your Heart Festival in Chiang Dao put me up close and personal with a perfect slice of northern Thailand’s hippie scene. Started by a pair of Japanese and …read more

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