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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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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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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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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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Lost in the steppe: the semi-desert, Mongolia

Lost in the steppe: the semi-desert, Mongolia

How can I even describe what I’ve seen? Long, rolling green hills. Mountains that change from orange to red to blue. White wild flowers and shrubs that make the steppe smell like thyme. Herds of goats, horses and camels grazing. On one day, a sudden …read more

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The craziest trip I’ve taken so far

The craziest trip I’ve taken so far

Well, sometimes plans change. Originally, I thought my trip after Korea would a be straight-forward trip on the rails, but it’s become a crazy Round-The-World trip that keeps growing by the day. There’s a hectic few months ahead of me. My friend and I are …read more

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A weekend wedding, traditional Korean style

A weekend wedding, traditional Korean style

The bride was beautiful. A few weeks ago, two friends of mine were married in a traditional Korean ceremony here in Seoul. There were palanquins, traditional musicians, and white guys in hanbok. Even outside of the general elation that was going around just to see …read more

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