Namibia and Botswana from the Roof!

Elephants and Style   Last September, we joined our Hidden Places group for the first part of their Namibia Luxury Safari. After we waved them goodbye in Swakopmund, Dag and I embarked on a [...]

How to Help Kerala

Beautiful, gentle Kerala, has suffered a big disaster, caused by the worst flooding in a century. Huge numbers of people have been displaced and many have lost their lives. We have been keeping [...]

Ode to the E-Bike – what’s so great about them: our experiences

                  It’s official: I am madly in love with my e-bike. Dag and I each have one at our European base in Catalonia. To start with, at last [...]

Antarctica Inside Scoop: Guest Blog by Lauren and Jim Farrell!

Last November we went on a 3-week expedition to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. This was an incredible trip, maybe our best ever! Maria from Hidden Places [...]

Reunion in India

‘Tis the season for reunions….. Earlier this month we flew to India and headed straight for the Missoorie Writers’ Festival, where I was to be a speaker. Missoorie is a funky old colonial hill [...]

Before Buddhism – Shinto

Shinto is the oldest religion of Japan.  On our third day here, it was really special to receive a personal greeting from this Shinto priest, Mr Yangagita, at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in [...]

The Art of Wasabi

In case you’ve ever wondered where that green blob of wasabi alongside your sushi comes from, here is the low down from Mr Nori Toshi. He is an 8th generation wasabi farmer on Japan’s lush Izu [...]

Master of Soba

Along a narrow lane in Yokohama, we duck under a low doorway hung with three banners and step into a tiny restaurant. The owner, Masaki Imahgahsi, bows to us in greeting. Foreigners rarely visit [...]

A Morning’s Kayaking in Kerala

We turn our kayaks down a narrow channel. Fifteen feet across, it’s lined by small houses, glimpses of verdant paddy fields between them. Children in immaculate school uniforms race along the [...]

Home Away – Sri Lanka

It’s lovely to be home. But memories of recent ‘away’ places wrap around me, and fill me with gratitude. Most recent was Sri Lanka. The island – which is about the size of Ireland – has an [...]