Georgetown Festival Penang to Feast on Art, Culture and Food

2018-12-14T10:23:34+07:00By |

Georgetown Festival Penang kicks off on the Malaysian island of Penang in two days and we’ll be there! The month-long arts festival is jam-packed with events, exhibitions, screenings, and installations. It’s our first trip in 15 years and we can’t wait to get back. Our work is kind of crazy. It’s nothing new to us, …

Cambodian Rock and Roll History with the Cambodian Space Project

2018-05-27T15:19:39+07:00By |

Cambodian rock and roll captivated the country in the pre-war years when legendary crooners like Sinn Sisamouth and divas such as Ros Sereywothea and Pan Ron got the country dancing. Thanks to the Cambodian Space Project people are listening to the swinging sounds of Cambodia’s Golden Age once again. UPDATE 20 March 2018: Cambodia is heartbroken today. Kak …

Performing Culture, Tourism Spectacles and Authenticity

2015-08-14T17:27:14+07:00By |

Musings on the nature of tourism spectacles, performances that are artificially constructed and commodified for the tourist gaze, and the notion of authenticity when we travel. This is the metanarrative of my previous post, I suppose, so perhaps you’d better take a read of that one first, if this is to make sense. No matter …

Bangkok’s Best Local Bars – Our Personal Favourites

2018-12-17T17:15:13+07:00By |

There’s nothing like a few drinks at a buzzy Bangkok bar after a busy week. But we’re freelance travel writers I hear you say! Yes, but we still work every day, we work hard, and we still have those particularly demanding weeks we want to forget about – the ones with too many deadlines and too many …

A Year of Rhythm and Beats: Sounds and Music from a Grand Tour

2018-05-10T20:23:05+07:00By |

I grew up in a family where everyone played at least two or three musical instruments. That’s not a boast. I had to listen to musical scales being played on piano every day during my childhood. For three hours. Every day. I placed my fingers in my ears while cello, violin and viola practice was taking …

Sustainable Shopping: Guide to Stockbridge Charity Stores Edinburgh

2018-05-11T11:35:33+07:00By |

The first time we strolled down Stockbridge’s high street, we couldn’t help but notice the abundance of charity shops. There are literally dozens of the things. Here's our guide to Stockbridge charity stores. And these are no dusty old stores crammed to the rafters with junk either. They’re smart, and sometimes chic, shops, some with polished …

A Bar Hop in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

2014-09-24T02:49:06+07:00By |

After stumbling around in the snow on our first night in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, we soon realized that there is a bewildering number of inviting bars in the neighbourhood. While we tried to sample as many as we could, we decided to cut to the chase and accept an offer from the owners of our …

The Tatra Museum, Zakopane – a Living Local Culture on Display

2014-09-24T02:57:18+07:00By |

What’s so refreshing about a visit to The Tatra Museum in Zakopane, in the southern Tatra Mountains in Poland, is that the artefacts on display don’t belong to some long-past culture or dying traditions. Rather, the exhibits in this splendid building explain a rich local culture that is very much alive on the streets outside. An …

Folk Music in Zakopane, Where Music Fills the Streets

2015-08-25T14:24:38+07:00By |

Snowboarding may have been a big attraction for returning to the mountain town of Zakopane in Poland for Terence, but for both of us, the exuberant live folk music, highlander culture, and hearty food were also major draws. Every night and any night of the week in Zakopane, you can stroll down the main cobblestone street and …

Escape to Zakopane, Poland’s Ski Central

2014-09-24T02:57:59+07:00By |

A few years ago, on a trip through Central and Eastern Europe, we decided to settle into an apartment in Kraków, Poland, for a few weeks to catch up on some writing, walk the charming old city streets, sample the local vodka, and do side-trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine. Lara, who was researching other …

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