December is a month packed full of holidays around the world. Winter solstice festivities are in full swing throughout the Northern Hemisphere as well as Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian religious holidays. Here is a 101 on the origin and traditions of some prominent celebrations or remembrances, as well as where to join in the […]
From Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the lights of Hindu Indian’s Diwali, here are the must-know November holidays around the world. A 101 on the origin and traditions of each festivity or commemoration, where to experience them and the appropriate greeting for sending well wishes to those observing the occasion.
I love music, and I love discovering new music as I travel. That’s why when my friend and fellow traveller Diane requested a playlist of destination-inspired music, I was up for the challenge. However, it took me a lot longer to write this post than I initially anticipated. I knew from the outset I didn’t […]
You recognise immediately when you’ve arrived in Amish Country – the buggies and bonnets are a dead giveaway. There aren’t too many places in the world that you can see one culture living so distinct within another. Ohio has one of the largest settlements of Amish in North America, giving you the opportunity to learn […]
Holmes County, Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish settlements in the world with more than 42,000 community members (as of a 2010 census). and is less than two-hours drive south of Cleveland. Furthermore, the settlement encompasses a diverse group of Amish people of varying orders. Take a day trip to explore a different […]
Holi, the Indian Festival of Colour is a celebration of love, fertility and the victory of good over evil, all shared in a rainbow-hued cloud of scented powder. Holi, pronounced like “holy” in English, takes place on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna (late February – late March on the Gregorian calendar). […]
Food is a fun and insightful way to experience a new culture. Destinations that are a melting pot of cultures often have the strongest culinary game—Jamaica is no exception. I was blown away by the diversity of Jamaican cuisine. The island’s food tradition is influenced by African, Chinese, Indian, French, Spanish, Jewish and British flavours […]
When I am researching blog posts I often scurry off on intriguing tangents. Writing about the Claddagh got me thinking about the history and meaning of Celtic knots among other things, so today I am returning to Ireland to tie up some of those loose ends. I have significant amounts of Irish heritage and have often […]
For all those travelling around the world in seven cocktails, we are now open for boarding. Let’s take a trip from Singapore to London, enjoying the history, geography and recipes for some mixed drinks that will bring an international touch to your holiday season or celebration.
I love food! I’ve taken foodie souvenirs from wherever I’ve lived and many of the places I’ve visited. Often they’re not a physical item but an unshakeable memory of a particular dish, and maybe a recipe that I promise myself I will attempt to recreate. Though I’m not much of a chef, from time to […]
During a three-year expat stint living in Singapore, I had a lot of mealtimes to spend investigating the local food scene. The country’s gastronomic offering is as diverse in flavour as it is in price. However, if you want to experience the culture and save a bundle, stick to the local dishes served at hawker centres throughout […]
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