India

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An abundance of choice

I shift uncomfortably in my seat, wedged between my backpack and a sleeping stranger on a busy Bangkok bus, the smell of warm palms on metal railings mingling with the air-conditioned breeze that gratefully blows across my face. Outside, the sights of a city I’ve never been to before pass by […]

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The evolution of dreams

I stand on the edge of the Arabian Sea, my feet routed in that sweet spot where the white lip of the waves gently brushes the shore, covering my feet with foamy kisses. I allow my heels to sink into the soft wet sand, staring down at its rippled surface, […]

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Silver linings notebook

Every cloud has a silver lining. I lie on a hillside, turning those words over in my mind, gazing up at an undisturbed blanket of blue, searching for the hidden treasure amongst the flawless cerulean. For the past few days I have been suspended in a cloud of my own, one of […]

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A day to listen to

It started with a seed, as so many things do, and a fateful conversation in the afternoon haze. Leaning against the wall of my back porch, I turned to a fresh page in my notebook and began to transcribe as my friend Ana read out a horoscope-like prediction from the […]

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The doors we leave open

The stillness of the night was broken by the familiar thud of a kitten dropping from the ceiling, a nightly occurrence since they grew brave enough to hurl themselves from the rafters after climbing in through a hole in the roof. I lay there agitated as Bear mewed incessantly, willing […]

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Piercing the surface in Jalligeri

I woke up on my second day in Jalligeri stiff from the rock hard mattress, my clothes damp from baby Gonal’s pee. This wouldn’t be the first time that day either, as his little bottom went permanently un-diapered and was often in my arms or on my lap as I […]

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A weekend at Poopy's house

Last Saturday afternoon, following an arduous eight hour bus journey, I found myself in the tiny village of Jalligeri in the southern state of Karnataka, India. The word village might even be too grand a term, as in truth, Jalligeri is little more than a hamlet, nestled humbly amongst sprawling […]

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Just a little drive across India

For at least the last five years I have longed to take part in the Rickshaw Run, trying my best to carouse and cajole everyone I knew into sharing the adventure with me, without success. And so it became this thing I carried around with me, a seed I didn’t […]

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The gift of the open road

This is the first time in six weeks that I have sat down at my laptop, opened a new Word document, and quietly begun to write. It sounds like such a simple act, and yet I have been struggling with it for all this time. The words escaped me somehow, […]

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One month update from Goa

I can hardly believe we have been here in Goa for a whole month already. Not because the time has flown by, because it hasn’t, we’ve moved gently with it, like floating dreamily down stream. I just still find it a little hard to believe that this is my life. […]

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The bottom line

Four weeks have melted away in the heat since we boarded our flight from England to India and began our indefinite world travels. During this time I have kind of felt like a migratory bird in training, a little wobbly on my feet, but determined to spread my wings and […]

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The beginning of the beginning

I’ve spent all morning sitting in our lovely little house in Goa, trying to think of something to write, extolling our latest adventures here at the beginning of our new beginning. But the truth is, we haven’t really done anything yet. I’m not even kidding. Over two weeks into our new life […]

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Our lovely little house in Goa

Just three days ago we moved into our new home for the next few months, a lovely little house in the quiet cove of Colomb Bay, nestled neatly between the well-known beach of Palolem and her quieter neighbour, Patnem in Goa. We stumbled upon it serendipitously last week whilst out for […]

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The adventure finally begins

I’m writing this post from a lovely little restaurant in Palolem, Goa. The tables are filled with other travellers, quietly tapping at their notepads and laptops, and the dusty street outside is alive with the sound of car horns and busy workers preparing for the start of the tourist season. Brightly […]

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A very big announcement

For a woman who writes about being open and honest, it seems strange to have kept a rather enormous secret from you all over the past nine months. No, don’t worry, it’s not a baby… Though it’s likely to be just as life-changing as bringing a child into this world, what’s been […]

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