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Photos: Niue

NIUE | Sunday, 29 May 2016 | Photo Gallery

A small but fascinating island in the Pacific. It's a great place to visit. Clear water, warm climate, friendly people, delicious food, good accessible snorkelling and diving, spectacular cave formations. Highly recommended. We stayed at Matavai Resort ... Read more >
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Photos: Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA | Thursday, 28 May 2015 | Photo Gallery

A quick look at a fascinating country
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A quick look at Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA | Thursday, 28 May 2015 | Views [417]

“Aryubown” – Sri Lankan greeting meaning ‘long life to you’. I spent a slightly hectic but very interesting five days in Sri Lanka in May. It was my first visit, and I only got a quick feel for what the country is like, ... Read more >

Tags: buddha, buddhist, elephant, sri lanka, temple


Photos: Jamyang Choling nunnery, near Dharamshala, India

INDIA | Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Life in a Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery

INDIA | Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | Views [986]

  I am extremely fortunate to be living and teaching English for 3 and a half months at the Tibetan Buddhist nunnery of Jamyang Choling, near Dharamshala, India. What is life in a nunnery like? First, it’s a very peaceful and tranquil ... Read more >

Tags: buddhist, dharamshala, india, jamyang choling, mcleod ganj, nun, nunnery, tibetan


Photos: Rajasthan. A cow hospital and a rat temple

INDIA | Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Rajasthan - a cow hospital and a rat temple

INDIA | Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | Views [718]

COWS: Around 2 hours from Jodhpur on the road to Bikaner we stopped at what looked like a cattle sale yards, and turned out to be a cow hospital. We were shown around by a very knowledgeable elderly guide. There were 1500 cows all being lovingly cared ... Read more >

Tags: bikaner, cow, hospital, karni mata, rajasthan, rat, temple


Photos: Manali and Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh

INDIA | Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery


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A few days in Manali

INDIA | Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 | Views [1758]

If you are travelling in north-east India, I recommend Manali as a great place to go. I’ve been in McLeod Ganj (upper Dharamshala) now for two and a half months, including during the monsoon. While I love living here, and it’s got a great ... Read more >

Tags: guru rimpoche, kullu, manali, manu temple, padmasambhava, rewalsar, tso pema, yak


Photos: Riding a yak in Manali

INDIA | Thursday, 3 Oct 2013 | Photo Gallery

My first yak! What a beautiful animal.
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Photos: Indian wrestling in McLeod Ganj

INDIA | Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery

The wrestling match was part of the mela (fair) being held here this weekend.
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Photos: On the Kora, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala

INDIA | Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: The Dalai Lama's teachings - a few drawings

INDIA | Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Tags: dalai lama, dharamshala, drawings, teachings


The Dalai Lama's teachings, Dharamshala, August 2013

INDIA | Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Views [2251] | Comments [1]

The Dalai Lama has just returned from a month’s meditation retreat in Ladakh. I must say, it was good to think of him there, having the time to do some quiet meditation after a fairly hectic few months of foreign travel which even took him to Australia ... Read more >

Tags: dalai lama, dharamsala, dharamshala, teachings, tibet, tibetans


Photos: Tibetan carpet weavers, McLeod Ganj

INDIA | Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Tags: tibetan carpet; dharamsala; dharamshala: tibet


Tibetan carpet weavers, McLeod Ganj

INDIA | Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | Views [2424]

The other day I visited the carpet workshop in McLeod Ganj. When you walk into the big airy workroom, your attention is first drawn to the gorgeous carpets hanging on the display wall. The colours are rich and varied, and the carpets have a beautifully ... Read more >

Tags: mcleod ganj; dharamsala; tibet, tibetan; carpet


To McLeod Ganj in a taxi; monsoon mist and a monkey

INDIA | Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | Views [1540] | Comments [1]

Well, I’m back in McLeod Ganj (Dharamshala) for a third time teaching at Tibet Charity. This time I decided to splash out and take a taxi from Delhi, because the bus travels overnight and I was interested to see the scenery. It’s also a ... Read more >

Tags: mcleod ganj; dharamsala: dharamshala: monkey; mon


Peru, part 2. Artisans and history in the Andes

PERU | Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | Views [5686] | Comments [1]

After our coffee adventures, the Trade Aid group embarked on the second part of our trip. This was organised by Minka, Peru’s fair trade organisation which supports artisans in the area around Cusco and on the altiplano. We were all ... Read more >

Tags: alpaca, ceramics, crafts, cusco, machu picchu, ocarina, pisac, puno, taquile, uros


Photos: Peru

PERU | Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

Trade Aid trip, May/June 2013
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Peru, part one. Visiting the coffee farmers of northern Peru

PERU | Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 | Views [2167]

Recently I made a three week trip to Peru with a group of nine people from Trade Aid , New Zealand’s biggest fair trade organisation. Most of us are volunteers in one of Trade Aid’s 29 shops, and are also involved in education in the community.... Read more >

Tags: cenfrocafe, coffee, fair trade, farmers, jaen, peru, piura, trade aid


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