The Amish have always struck me as somewhat of a fairy tale. The idea that an entire community would choose to freeze themselves in time strikes me as something from Oz, not modern America. The majority of Amish villages are in the lush farmlands of Pennsylvania, and that’s what drew me to visit the keystone state. […]Read more "Welcome to Hotel Pennsylvania"
Is it ok if I get a bit melodramatic for a minute? It’s exactly a year since I left New Zealand. I just put on the playlist that I made on that day and it’s giving me all the feels. Just four songs, all with the words “home” or “goodbye” in the title, that I […]Read more "The Hard Thing"
The fog was so dense that – though I was assured I was standing right in front of the Taj Mahal – the invisible backdrop to my selfie could just has easily have been a bronze bust of Elton John. As my guide led me around, I tried to remember what it looked like from pictures I’d seen. […]Read more "Taj Mahal:
Hide & Seek"
This is the photo that tourists are supposed to take of four hundred year-old Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi. Pretty, isn’t it? The more adventurous tourists will remove their shoes, rent a robe, and figure out how to climb one of the minarets. They’ll be rewarded with this photo. And they’ll see the city of Delhi […]Read more "The Real Delhi"
In 2012, National Geographic’s Traveller magazine named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world”, and “50 must see destinations of a lifetime”. And yet, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who’s been there. So, when my best friend Kat told me she was going for a few days (it’s a little […]Read more "Tea Fields and Backwaters: Kerala in Photos"
As a first time visitor to India, the Taj Mahal was the centrepiece of my itinerary. But I was lucky enough to have been sold on the idea of Goa’s dreamy beaches years ago, so I made sure not to miss them. If lounging on a beach eating delicious food and chatting with friendly locals […]Read more "5 Reasons You Should Want to Go to Goa"
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"