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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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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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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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Not just East meets West: A tribute to Istanbul

Not just East meets West: A tribute to Istanbul

Istanbul is not a city that can be summed up easily. There was a particular confusion that I felt there, the strange experience of seeing one thing that felt so Western, after seeing another that had felt so Eastern, but being immersed in a place …read more

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5 things from the West I didn’t know I missed

5 things from the West I didn’t know I missed

Don’t get me wrong, Burma was fun. I’m currently in Laos as well, where, though a friend and I were comically robbed (courtesy of a possibly kleptomaniac mother at our guesthouse, remedied by an embarrassed father and daughter) and the daily rain has made everything …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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What’s up with Tbilisi, Georgia? LOVE IS.

What’s up with Tbilisi, Georgia? LOVE IS.

Surprise! I moved to Georgia. (The country, not the state.) To say this was sudden is an understatement. When I decided to shuffle my plans around to attend WTM in London this November, an extra month opened up in my schedule. I wanted to use …read more

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A long walk through Beyoglu: Istanbul in Black-and-White

A long walk through Beyoglu: Istanbul in Black-and-White

There’s a particular pleasure in travelling slowly. There’s the opportunity to spend less time running around, desperately checking off sights on a must-do list, and more time to simply stay still and soak up the atmosphere. You can visit a far-flung neighborhood, stay in a …read more

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Life at the #BlogHouse: serious intimidation in Besalu, Spain

Life at the #BlogHouse: serious intimidation in Besalu, Spain

I’ve had a curious experience recently. About a month ago, I saw a notice on one of my favorite blogs that a group of five prominent travel bloggers were renting out a villa in Besalu, Spain, in preparation for TBEX 2012. Their aim was to …read more

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