2016 Duende Readers’ Favourites
December 22, 2016
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Madam ZoZo

As another year of travel adventures draws to a close, I’m packing my suitcase and heading home Downunder for the first time in 18months. If you are fortunate enough to put your feet up over the silly season and are looking to catch up on some reading, may I suggest you begin with the Duende readers’ favourite posts of 2016—just in case you missed them the first time!

3 Ways to Turn Foreign Coins Into Ultimate Souvenirs

Got foreign currency lingering in a desk drawer or weighing down your wallet? Here’s a little inspiration for turning them into something special.

Foreign coins

Kawara: Decoding Roof Tiles of Japan

Kawara, traditional roof tiles of Japan, not only keep the rain out, they have personality, meaning and spiritual symbolism.

Kawara: Roof Tiles of Japan

10 Things I Learnt the Hard Way in NYC

Even with Google at your fingertips, a Lonely Planet in your back pocket, and oodles of research there are still mistakes or at least lessons to be learnt in travel – that is part of its charm.

Decoding Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year rituals are thought to have significant influence on how the year ahead proceeds. Avoid inauspicious pitfalls with these 9 lucky omens!

Decoding Chinese New Year - traditions and symbolism

Five Fun Ways To Experience New Cultures

There are so many different ways to approach deeper cultural exploration, and here are five of my tried and tested favourites.

Women carrying milk during Thaipusam

Art on the St. – Miami

If there is a street art heaven, this might be it – Wynwood, Miami. Wall to wall splattered, stroked and sprayed with luminous colour in countless styles.

Art on the Street - Miami | Duende by Madam ZoZo

A Catelogue of Cuba’s Classic Cars

Need I explain why Cuba’s classic cars are so cool? I’m not even a “car person” and I could sit in a street-side bar for hours, mojito in hand, watching this living museum of automobiles parade by.

2016 A Year in Review | Duende by Madam ZoZo

Art on the Street – Tulum, Mexico

Seeded by an urban art project, the Tulum street art scene has exploded! Murals are popping up all over the jungle enshrouded town on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Art on the Street - Tulum

Exploring Historic Philadelphia Architecture

Whether you’re the French Imperialist or Greek Revival type, an Art Deco modernist or Federation fanatic, Philadelphia’s architecture has something for you.

Philadelphia City Hall and Masonic Temple

Art by Nature – Ice & Snow

A pictorial about finding the beauty in winter by a self-confessed tropical butterfly.

Ice and snow

For more Duende readers’ favourites, see our “best of” 2015 and 2017.

Peace, love and inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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There are 3 comments

  • I always love reading packing tips for anywhere, but especially for Southeast Asia!! 🙂 I’m living in China right now 🙂

  • So if you’re around, let me know and I can be your guide around China, Hong Kong and Macao :).

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