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This page gathers together different traditions from around the world, traditions that include dealing with love and death, grief and hardship, curses, parties, religion and more. Dive in to explore and find out a little bit more about the world…
Spain has the Tomatina, Britain has cheese-rolling and Texas has rodeo. Step forward Australia, with […]
Kamakura. It’s one of those words I’d never heard until I went to Yokote in north Japan.
Snow was falling as I arrived in the city, 260 miles from Tokyo. Softly at first, like…
I can’t remember the first time I saw one. Not this year,nor last. Nor buried somewhere in the shadowy dreams of childhood. Wings. Claws. Scales. Jaws. Fire.
The song sounded soulful but also a little sad. The man’s voice, with a tremor likely absent in his youth, addressed the crowd as though we were but one.
One person. A girl. A friend. A home. I couldn’t quite be sure, losing words as they…
At 3am I woke up. At 4am I gave up. For the last few hours, I’ve…
Pinning dreams of the ocean down to the mast in the Grenadines…
I love this photo. I love the smoke, I love the skin creases…
A surprise find in the Roman Colosseum…
Picture the scene. You’re walking through a Swedish market, your young daughter holding your hand. She sees row upon row of sweet candy canes, bright luminescent swirls of sugar and mint that gleam in scarlet and white, holly leaf green and ivy, forming…
The older I get, the more I enjoy cooking classes. With an opening statement like that, I’m in danger of
Dust rose from the ground as the horse thundered past and the sun began its ablutions. It painted pinks and pomegranates, amber, pistachio, charcoal and soft apricot rust across the walls of Petra before calling it a day and turning in for an early night…
Italian food. There was a time when I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about, but I can barely remember that now. The moment my train slowed to a stop in Trieste (and, if I’m honest, quite a while before that) my daydreams wandered…
So, to celebrate gingerbread, gluhwein and twinkling bright lights, I bring you this post: the Best Christmas Markets in the World. (Only, it’s not really the whole world. Just the countries between Turkey and Germany. But let’s face it, that wouldn’t make such a good title…
Have yourself a very Merry Swedish Christmas! Yes, I’m busy writing up the nitty-gritty of the Iron Curtain and all the details of…
“You have blood on your hands,” she said as she jabbed me in the ribs. “And you’re celebrating mass murder.”
As a travel writer with a British passport, the first statement is something of an occupational hazard…
A clock plods through its strict rhythm as the clink of china echoes through
I watched the Royal Wedding and it made me smile.
So what, you may be thinking. So did two billion people across the planet, according to stats from the BBC this morning. People travelled across the world, queued since 4 am and campaigned to become Prime Minister just so they could watch.
What did you do? Well
It’s a narrow wooden bridge, so when a girl runs past, the reverberations affect us all. She’s a teenager, or maybe older, in classic blue jeans and US sneakers, with flowing blonde hair. A few minutes later I see her again, wrapped in a traditional Tlingit cloak and chanting with her ancestors.
We’ve crossed the bridge to the space outside Chief Shakes’ House, some 1000 miles north of Seattle.
In France, The Rules Are Complicated
In France, saying cheers is not enough (well, it’s santé for a start, which means health rather than happiness.) No, you must…
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