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Interview with Um A’yube: Writer, Mother and Wadi Rum Transplant

Hello Um A’yube. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am a shy person and I like to watch the world go by. People fascinate me and I reflect a lot on why people act the way they do. I like to hold on to hope that the world is overall a good […]

Anchorage, Alaska: Real or Fake?

As I mentioned in my previous post, the last stop on our quest to visit all 50 states was Anchorage, Alaska. To celebrate our accomplishment, let’s play a game. It goes like this, I’ll show you three photos from Anchorage and you tell me whether they are real or fake. Don’t worry, this isn’t going […]

Interview with Abhinav A: Cofounder of ErikaWithAK

Hello Abhinav, can you tell us a bit about yourself? Hi Erika, long time no see (laughs)! I grew up in New Delhi, India and completed my Bachelors of Computer Science in Nagpur, which is a large city of almost three million in central India. I love technology and also have an interest in finance/investing. […]

Angkor, Cambodia: Chapter 2, The Andu Project

Lars Lars the perennially drunken Norseman had a preposterous idea. Yet some ideas, as this one most certainly did, open like a door onto a world of wholly unexpected adventure and, well, just goodness. Plain goodness. ‘Why not get him to run in a race?’ The ‘race’ turned out to be the 10K event at […]

Yellowstone, Wyoming: A Love Note to Our Buffalo

I don’t know why you’re so excited,” AA  said. He was not impressed. Apparently, a herd of buffalo was not worth leaving the air-conditioning for. So far my plan to instill upon him the majesty of Yellowstone wasn’t going well. “We have cows hanging out in the streets in India and you think I’ll be excited about […]

Golden Triangle, Thailand: A Shan Drug Lord and a Motorcycle Sensei

It all started with a….Yes, indeedy. As any of my half-dozen or so readers will now guess, our trip into the Golden Triangle did indeed start with a request. And the adventure that resulted? Let’s just say Kawasaki ER-6 street bikes and a whole bunch of beautiful bendy roads. And a drug lord’s hideout, and […]

Vang Vieng, Laos: This One Time…

Wait, that can’t be right, I thought to myself as I checked my bank balance on a computer in my Bangkok hostel, ‘the money should have cleared by now.’ This was how Vang Vieng started. You see, I’d received a tax refund cheque from the UK government shortly after I’d left London a few weeks […]

Haridwar, India: A Rich Tapestry

Travelling to India as a solo female traveller at the age of 17 was, in retrospect, not the best idea. People I told of my plans would advise me to ‘stay safe’ without really giving me any advice about how to go about keeping myself safe. However, I wasn’t completely naïve and I understood India […]

Tehran, Iran: Rediscovering Freedom

It has been exactly three years since I left Iran after living there for two months in 2014. Just yesterday, upon meeting someone new, I was asked about the top three craziest things I had ever done in my life. My decision to move to Iran and work for Simorgh Theatre Group (a children’s puppet […]

Shan State/Thailand Border: Exploding Monk

Little Minx had just got off the phone. “Bai leo. Sanook mac.” [Let’s go, it’ll be fun]. “What?” “The funeral.” It didn’t sound all that promising. But what did I know? I’d never been to a top monk’s funeral, and Little Minx seemed certain that it would be a great day out. We crammed ourselves […]