culture

Truly difficult to fully immerse oneself in the culture of the place on a short visit. These articles highlight when a cultural connection for us occurred.

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Getting on the Schvitz in New York City
22 Sep 2018

I shuffled on the wet and slippery tiled floor, ready to accept my fate. I met my captor, a nameless Russian. His eyes shone red from the exposure to the constant...

Fort Johnson
The Forgotten Fort of Charleston
25 Aug 2018

On James Island just outside Charleston lies the few moss-covered remains of Fort Johnson. There is no plaque, no tour and no entry fee. It is rarely visited, mostly because there’s...

Isla Bruja Hot Tub
Isla Bruja Lodge
13 Mar 2018

The Isle of Chiloe holds many charms and delights for the avid traveller. From cute penguins to oversized oysters and mythical creatures to medieval churches. It has natural beauty and...

Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest
07 Nov 2017

A baby clings to its mother's chest as she scampers up a tree, a lone rebel is trying to crack a resilient nut on the pavement and a village elder...

Tegalalang Rice Terrace
In Pursuit of Happiness
16 Oct 2017

Rice paddies cascade down volcanic mountains like green lava fields. Terraced land is so ubiquitous it looks as though formed from nature in this self-proclaimed island of the Gods. Workers...

Mt Bakur, Bali
Mt Bakur Mountain Biking
02 Oct 2017

There is nothing that says adventure more than cycling down an active volcano. An overblown imagination might conceive visions of racing rivers of lava down the mountain. Yet, with reports...

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Nasi Goreng Tour of Bali
18 Sep 2017

Nasi Goreng, the unofficial national dish of Indonesia. This ubiquitous item appears on menus from Jakarta to Denpasar. While 'fried rice' is the literal translation, this simple dish combines many...

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Saint Petersburg
21 Aug 2017

If you are devoid of a Russian history major prior to your visit to Saint Petersburg you may find yourself looking vacantly at testaments to distant Tsars, peering curiously at...

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Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
29 Dec 2016

As far as mountain names go, Adam's Peak is as simple as you get. Alongside Everest, the Matterhorn or Acongagua it seems quite plain. But this is Sri Lanka where...

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Halloween in New Orleans
31 Oct 2016

Our Halloween began with a scene out of American Horror Story. Our Lafayette Airbnb creaked and moaned all night, cats mysteriously appeared from nowhere and then disappeared just as quickly....

Macchu Pichu
Hiking to Machu Picchu
10 Sep 2011

Awake 4am for a 5am departure. It is dark, cold and still. Today we reach Machu Picchu on the final day of the Inca Trail. Packing up camp Allison decides...

Inca Trail
Inca Trail
07 Sep 2011

Inca trail beckoned after a 2 day acclimitisation in the quaint town of Cusco. A relatively civilised wake up time of 6am for a 7am departure. We meet our Inca...

Cusco Peru
Cusco
04 Sep 2011

Get a sleep in before a taxi arrives to take us back to Cusco. Let the acclimitisation begin! Our base camp being Torre Dorada Hotel which we arrive at after...

Kerala Backwaters Houseboats
Kerala Backwaters, India
27 Sep 2010

The overnight train from Varanasi continues till 7am. Our elderly guest packs away his belongings into his briefcase and is ready for his day of business in Delhi. We on...

Ritual washing Varanasi
Varanasi
25 Sep 2010

Awake to the clickity clack of the overnight train from Agra into Varanasi. Slept pretty well and with no reason to get up, slept through to 10 am. We arrive...

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Discovering the Lost City of Tikal
04 Dec 2005

We have breakfast with the yachtie set on the Rio Dulce. We say adios to Capt John and the Windy Dancer and also to Sean our Canadian companion. Although we...