Tibetan Plateau – Mandalas at Xinkangmao

The monk must have been watching, as we made our way up the track to the remote Tibetan monastery at Xinkangmao, because as we approached the main compound the door opened and he beckoned me inside. It was one of those moments that makes travel in … [Read more...]

Salim Jaffer – Secular Islam Personified!

The catalyst was the vegetarian omelet... Sunday mornings are always busy at the "Cowboy Cafe", a popular diner in the town of Minden in Northern Nevada where the company I work for has its headquarters. The counter is the best bet if you want … [Read more...]

Holy Cow – Bovine Retirement Homes…

One of the more puzzling aspects of initial visits to India is the revered status of cows. Not that I have anything against the things personally, but the way they are able to wander around at will and cause general havoc amongst the already … [Read more...]

Bali: The Royal Cremation in Ubud

Royal cremations in Ubud simply don't happen very often - so when they do you can expect a large turnout of both locals, who come to pay their respects, and tourists eager to witness the ceremony. Ubud is, in many ways, the artistic and … [Read more...]

The Facial Tattoos of Oro Province

The beautiful tropical fiords of Cape Nelson offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Papua New Guinea and if you combine those views with the excellent scuba diving on the isolated offshore reefs, it is easy to understand why the area draws … [Read more...]

The Puri Puri men of Tufi

The path through the rainforest was steep and still slippery from the previous nights rain and I could sense the handful of people from the Fiyogha clan watching me closely as we made our way down to the gully and the entrance to the secret Puri Puri … [Read more...]