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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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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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Bright stars and woodsmoke: A week on a farm in Thailand

Bright stars and woodsmoke: A week on a farm in Thailand

It doesn’t matter what I do. My hands are still dirty. After a week on a farm in northern Thailand, it’s become difficult to let go (a multitude of soaps be damned). I woke up this morning expecting to be back in the Dome, a …read more

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Swimming in the River Kwai: The joy of ditching plans

Swimming in the River Kwai: The joy of ditching plans

I used to have a plan. Actually, many plans. Big, detailed, extensively-thought-out plans. However, since landing in Thailand, equipped with a surplus of time and a vague desire to ‘travel slow,’ all those plans seem so much less pressing. Now, there just remain ideas, musings, …read more

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Broken bones, insane travels and life-upheaval: 2012 in review

Broken bones, insane travels and life-upheaval: 2012 in review

Well. This is one for the records. Admittedly, I was considering starting this post with a pun about the world not ending in 2012, but still being explosive (harhar), but then thought I’d spare you. We could do with less cheesy hyperboles. But honestly – …read more

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Building the Milky Way: Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai

Building the Milky Way: Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai

Did you know that you can build your own Milky Way? It’s simple, really. You need a field, a crowd, a few candle wicks and some pale paper lanterns. These will be your baby stars. Working with a massive group of stranger works better for …read more

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3 months on the road: an Ethnotek bag review

3 months on the road: an Ethnotek bag review

This backpack and I, we’ve had some adventures. Since starting this period of endless wandering back in August, we’ve traversed half the globe and back, seen sights from ancient temples to modern metropolises, and been down to deserts and on top of mountains. With almost …read more

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