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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Sayonara, Google Reader – hola Bloglovin!

Sayonara, Google Reader – hola Bloglovin!

Just a quick update for those that haven’t heard already, but Google Reader is going out of service on July 1st. If you don’t use Google Reader, you’re good to go, but if you do, make sure you switch over to following Anywhere But Home …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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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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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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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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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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