How the spice trade changed the world

Spice. The very word conjures up images of exotic trails, bustling winds and turban clad men concocting salubrious brews. The history of spice is like many things in this world however, not as it seems. India would seem to many to be the birthplace of spice, being as it is the land of curry and chai. But in fact many of the finest spices as we know … Continue reading How the spice trade changed the world

A story of co-existence. The Jewish history of Islamic Morocco.

The current political narrative of Jews and Arab Muslims dates back only 100 years. There is an older story, a richly complex and more peaceful one begging to be told. Sitting in the shadows of today’s narrative of animosity and hatred is a story of a thriving co-existence between Jews and Arabs. This is Morocco’s Jewish history. Jewish life in Morocco is over 2000 years … Continue reading A story of co-existence. The Jewish history of Islamic Morocco.

Toronto. Cultural diversity leading the world.

Sitting in a café in downtown Toronto you could be anywhere in the world. In fact, it’s almost impossible to tell you are in Canada. The city is a melting pot of faces from all around the world, no more Caucasian than it is African, Asian, Indian, Arab or Latino. Just over half of the Toronto regions 5.6 million residents were born in another country … Continue reading Toronto. Cultural diversity leading the world.

Helsinki. Saunas, style and midnight sun.

Helsinki, Finland’s capital, is a lesser known European travel destination and so the devouring eyes of hungry tourists have not robbed its authenticity and charm. It is undeniably Scandinavian, in style, in function and in form. As a society, Finland leads the world for its all comprehensive and inclusive social services and progressive education system that focuses on learning and equality over competition and test taking. This aside, … Continue reading Helsinki. Saunas, style and midnight sun.

Landscapes of the Camino del Norte: Gallery One

The Camino del Norte is the northern route of the Camino de Santiago. Beginning in Irun, a small town on the Spanish/French border in the Basque country, it continues all the way through to Finisterra, the end of the world on Spain’s western coast. In total 800km of stunning coastlines, endless mountains, bright fields of wildflowers and quaint villages that coalesce into an unforgettable pilgrim experience. Herewith, … Continue reading Landscapes of the Camino del Norte: Gallery One

Five things walking a pilgrimage taught me

Being uncomfortable is OK. When was the last time you were uncomfortable? I’m talking actual physical discomfort, not sadness from a break up or nervousness before an exam or meeting. Chances are if you are a modern, indoors working urbanite like myself you probably have rarely, if ever, experienced it. I hadn’t. Being on pilgrimage taught me that it’s completely OK to be uncomfortable. To be … Continue reading Five things walking a pilgrimage taught me

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Barcelona. A city not as it seems

Barcelona is a city where people lose and find themselves. For many, it is the ‘bucket list’ selfies in front of the Sagrada Familia, it is sipping cervesas by the beach surrounded by dark, bearded men and trying pinchos in the narrow, meandering passage ways of el Born or the Gótic quarter. It is this and so much more. Achingly, exhaustingly more. Beyond the curved … Continue reading Barcelona. A city not as it seems

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Deserted island camping in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Travel helps us to understand that disconnection can lead to the most beautiful reconnection. This is a lesson learnt from the adventures of two girlfriends and I through the north of Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest island. Before going to Sumatra, I had fantasies of dense jungles, wildly exotic people and places, rare animals, unknown territories and rugged quests. After having visited, these fantasies turned into reality. A … Continue reading Deserted island camping in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia

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Feet in two worlds, heart in none: Feature film by Bangarra director

What does it feel like to have a foot in two worlds and a heart in none? Highly acclaimed new film from the director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, SPEAR, follows a young man Djali who is grappling with this very question; how to place the ancient traditions of his culture into the modern world around him. Drinking in scenes from the rugged Pacific coastline of … Continue reading Feet in two worlds, heart in none: Feature film by Bangarra director