My love letter to Santorini, in five rose-tinted moments.Read more "Five Moments in Santorini"
As the train began to lurch forward, someone grabbed me. I turned and saw a man from the lowest caste, the untouchables. His left eye was milky white, and the right one was missing. He used a stick to help him walk. Through a large scar on his head, I could see his ivory coloured […]Read more "Life Lesson #52 – Cattle Class"
Some people dream of running a marathon one day. I’m not one of them. I once famously said I was allergic to exercise in a post that my future boss mentioned in my job interview. For the world’s largest group exercise company. I still have no idea how I got the job. But I’m stubborn, and sometimes stubbornness makes […]Read more "Salkantay Trek: A Lesson in Endurance"
You know that feeling when you open the dishwasher just after it finishes and the steam devours you and you can’t breathe or see? That’s what it feels like in the jungle. All the time. Our much anticipated 10 day jungle retreat was cancelled two days before we arrived in Iquitos, Peru – the largest city in […]Read more "Life Lesson #51 – Don’t Join a Cult in the Amazon Jungle"
I’d fallen asleep in the early evening, reading my book. Darkness had claimed the room without me realising. Suddenly, I was forced awake by my bed shaking violently. In my traditional Tongan Fale, with coconut palm poles, I had no idea what to do.Read more "Earthquake in Paradise"
Anahulu cave brought new life to the word cavernous. Rather than tight claustrophobia-inducing passages, the deeper we went, the larger and more impressive the spaces became, lit only by the light of a single torch. After what felt like an age, we finally reached a dark pool. I had no idea how far below the surface […]Read more "Swimming In Underground Caves"
Out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed a flash of silver darting over the turquoise Pacific. Moments later, it reappeared directly in front of my kayak. A flying fish, gliding over the surface in seeming defiance of the laws of gravity.Read more "Smoke and Spirit in Tonga"