When you’re a kid, everything is an adventure. A pavement is a runway; your arms the wings of a Boeing-747; your mouth and lips the noisey, spluttering engine. You can make magnificent medieval castles out of sheets and you can fight off any danger with your fabled Blade of Mercy (so long as mum’s not using it to mash potatoes).
Poland has always occupied a special place in Europe: centrally located, many a bloody battle has been raged on its soil. From an atlas, it’s a country with no defining features. When I first landed in Poland to begin a teaching assignment in 2005, I haphazardly drew a circle as the map of the country for a class. The class chuckled and commented on its remarkable accuracy.
I first encountered chinlone in one of Yangon’s back alleys. It was after seven pm, the working day was well and truly over, and a gang of middle-aged men had gathered for a quick pre-dinner kick around.
India is a destination on most travellers’ bucket lists. It’s bright, it’s busy and it’s loud, but it’s also an extremely spiritual place. And when planning a trip to India, it can be difficult to know where to start, so we recruited Intrepid’s destination manager for the Subcontinent, Ryan Turner, and directed some FAQs his way.
Deb and Dave, collectively known as The Planet D, are kind of a big deal in the travel blogging circuit. They’ve been to over 100 countries on all seven continents and their travel blog was awarded ‘Best travel blog’ in 2014 by the American Society of Travel Writers. So yeah, these guys mean business.
A few years ago I was invited to a friend’s Chinese New Year dinner. I showed up nice and early, hair brushed, stretchy pants on, ready to consume my body weight in spring rolls and Peking duck. When I opened the door, my friend and her parents looked at me in horror.
I’m a little annoyed. The seat of my rusty old bike keeps shifting and dropping. And it’s uncomfortable. It’s making for extra hard work as I ride through thick, humid air on the back roads of Anuradhapura, the UNESCO World Heritage Listed city in Sri Lanka. It’s supposed to be the best way to see the scattered ruins, but I’m sweaty, tired, and I have to keep adjusting my rump. These ruins are making me work for it.