Finding paradise in Meghalaya

There are some moments when you travel where you stop and think, “I have found paradise.” They’re rare moments but when they happen you never want to leave. A tiny village in the remote jungles of south Meghalaya, called Nongriat, was such a place, a paradise. There’s very little information on tourism in the Northeast…

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Primary health care in rural India

India was always on my bucket list but what drew me here this particular time was the Comprehensive Rural Health Program (CRHP) in Jamkhed, Maharashtra. The University of Melbourne offers a public health subject based at the CRHP campus and I opted to do it as part of my Development Studies program. The first time…

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Video: Tamil Nadu

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Our Lady of Peace aka La Paz

Bogota, Quito, Lima, La Paz; these big South American cities are usually seen from the taxi to and from the airport. Most travellers spend little time in them generally because of high crime rates, chaotic traffic and dirty streets, and I too only spent a couple of days in each until I landed in Nuestra…

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The birthplace of the sun

The indigenous people believe that the sun was created on Lake Titicaca and and you could definitely feel the strength of its rays on the largest high altitude lake in the world at 3808m. Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia and is now the main crossing point for backpackers between the two…

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Hiking the Quilotoa Loop

“Tricky but rewarding” were the words Lonely Planet used. I was determined to do it independently anyway. I found a lot of useful information on some other blog posts people had written plus the few hostels at each of the villages around the loop also had informative websites. The ‘loop’ is actually a rough road…

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The ‘special’ tour in Colombia

Riding a horse around the Colombian highlands seemed to be an obligatory experience in Colombia. It felt very authentic when we jumped on some horses without helmets and were told to only hold the reins with one hand with the other one resting on your leg. Forget about everything you learned at Pony Club, this…

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Hiking to the Lost City

I wasn’t originally planning on going to Colombia but when I sat down with a travel agent in England to book a flight from Europe to Ecuador to start my South American leg the lady said, “You have to go to Colombia. You’re going to Colombia!” and so I walked out with a ticket to…

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Visit Palestine

Visit Palestine is a popular souvenir poster that you can buy everywhere in the Old City of Jerusalem but it’s not really something considered seriously by most tourists. The Israeli-Palestinian issue has been such an ongoing conflict that a lot of people don’t really take a second to look beyond the images they see on…

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My mounting obsession

I love mountains. Out of any kind of landscape, mountains stun me the most. In fact, out of all the sights you can see in a country I am often drawn to the mountains. And of all the mountains I’ve ever seen the Simien Mountains have been some of the most amazing. I had read…

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Welcome to Maasai land!

I stepped away from the tours, the cities and the constant moving around and spent two weeks living in a rural village outside of Nairobi with a Maasai family and volunteering in a local primary school. It was a small village called Kimuka about one hour from Nairobi, the closest town being Ngong which was…

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