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Give a Shit? My Most Terrifying Toilet Experiences Around the World

When travelling, you come across a lot of interesting toilet situations. They can be squats or holes; on moving transport or in the middle of nowhere; with paper or without; using jugs of water or handfuls of rice husks to flush with. The infinite number of variables makes the unknown condition of a foreign toilet […]

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Happy, Safe and Solo: Travelling in India by Yourself

When I told my dad that I was going to India by myself, his face fell. No matter that my cousin had travelled for a year through the country on her own; no matter, too, that I’d been travelling solo on various trips for the last six years. No: in his opinion, India was something else […]

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Photo of the Week: Holi Cow!

  After a long and colourful day of powder throwing at the Holi festival in Orchha, the local animals show off their new looks. Keeping it casual and cool, as most Indian cows are.

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Photo of the Week: the Watermelon Man of Mamallapuram

Walking through the baking streets of this little Southern Indian town, I stopped for a slice of watermelon. I’m pretty sure the salesman was expecting quite a large amount of business that day.

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Photo of the Week: The Flower of Mysore Market

Opposite a perfume stand in a bustling market, I found a family selling vegetables, their serious son sitting on a crate. I talked to his mother in the hope that she’d make her child smile. She grinned at me delightedly instead, and pinched my cheek. NB: When I got back to England, I posted a […]

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Photo of the Week: Saris Drying in the Indian Sun

On a morning boat ride around the Indian island of Omkareshwar, we watched the women laying out their freshly washed saris, placing them carefully on the steps leading down to the water’s edge.

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Capture The Colour

If you’ve ever been anywhere with me, whether its all the way to India or just on a night out in Norwich, you’ll know I normally have a camera somewhere on my person. It’s a trait I’ve successfully inherited from my mother, a woman who filled boxes with undeveloped camera films while she was waiting to […]

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A Little Village Wedding

When I casually composed a bucket list for my travels through India, my favourite and most ambitious hope by far was to attend an Indian wedding. But I didn’t just want to poke my head round the door of a stranger’s matrimonials; in my heart of hearts, I lusted after a personal invitation, and all […]

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Chakras, Crystals and Finding the Dharamkot Vibe

“And now, please activate the eleven pyramids sequence…” The cross-legged man at the front of the little room spoke quietly, eyes closed. I arranged the crystals and rudraksha beads as best I could on the plastic-covered mandala that lay beside my similarly crossed legs. The flies buzzed happily, completely ignoring the sacred space we had created with our measured […]

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How to Reach the Meeting of the Butts: Becoming a Hippy Yogi

“Make friends with your toes! Remember, there is no freedom in conflict! Now, hug the pillar and spread your legs!” Strange words to hear, certainly. Stranger still to hear them echoing around a green roofed circular hut at 7am , surrounded by bricks, bolsters, belts and a group of straining Westerners, all hell-bent on not breaking their […]

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