Category Europe

SOME OF OUR TURKISH DELIGHTS

It’s impossible to recount time in Turkey without mentioning the food. I’ll jump straight to the sweets. Baklava and Turkish Delight are not favourites of everyone’s but they are of mine. I still remember, when I was 14, eating almost a whole box of Turkish Delight at my friend Yolanda’s house when we were meant […]

BLACK SEA MAGIC

If I ever visit Turkey again, I will head straight to the Black Sea, to a little seaside town called Amasra. Oh Amasra, even the name has a lovely ring to it. We only had one day with you! How hard it was to be content with that! We took a day trip to Amasra […]

PARIS SYNDROME

BBC recently reported on “Paris Syndrome” the phenomenon of Japanese tourists suffering a mental breakdown when they arrive in Paris and discover that Parisians can be rude or the city does not meet their expectations. The article says that many Japanese have a deeply romantic vision of Paris, but the reality of rude waiters and […]

CON LOS COLEGAS!

Nos habían invitado hace mucho tiempo, en algún momento tendríamos que desviarnos de nuestra ruta establecida para asistir a la boda de Claire en Francia. Claire es una buena amiga de Nea y contraería matrimonio en Aix en Provonce. Yo no tenía ganas de ir, me parecía que nos alejaríamos demasiado del objetivo (Turquía), además […]

REFLECTIONS ON YOGA AND TRAVEL

Six months and 15 countries later, I thought I would write a little summary of the simple yet valuable lessons learnt from continuing a daily practice of Ashtanga yoga while travelling. I realised as I wrote this that some of these things I already knew from my regular daily practice, but it’s always good to […]

A LOVE STORY

I love a good love story – especially a cross-border, cross-cultural Mysore-romance. Around this time two years ago I was in Mysore with my friend Claire who I knew from Sydney (and from Sharath’s week in Bali when were delayed at Darwin airport for six hours after our plane was grounded due to “hitting a […]

BIKRAM IN BASEL

I have never had any inclination to try out Bikram yoga. I have quite enough sweat and heat going on in my Ashtanga practice without needing to heat the room to 42 degrees. I certainly never imagined that I would join a class in Basel, Switzerland, on only four hours sleep, after an overnight bus […]