Women carrying milk during Thaipusam

Cultural travel

If you are looking for true inspiration, it lies in cultural travel. Only when we take the time to experience a culture different from our own, do we build our open-mindness and ability to think creatively. To get a feel for a new culture at its grass roots level we must dive headlong into its food and drink, symbolism, traditions, festivals and celebrations. Perspectives and points of view will be challenged by interacting with people and understanding the reason they why they do as they do, giving you space to find meaning in your own customs and beliefs. Cultural travel is where the growth happens and you will never be the same!


Diving deep into new cultures

There are so many fun ways to experience the lifestyle of another culture and bring your travels home to be part of your everyday. Much about a culture and its history can be learnt from preparing (and eating) local cuisine in a cooking class; or observing a significant local ceremony or celebration. In Culture, Madam ZoZo brings you the travel experiences that have brought her joy, curiosity and introspection.


Cultural discoveries

In Culture, Madam ZoZo brings you travel experiences that have brought her joy, curiosity and introspection. She investigates the meaning behind cultural symbols; documents interesting celebrations; and shares delicious details of foodie moments to give you inspirational insights into the world around us.

“Please be a traveller, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in” – Andrew Zimmern, chef and TV host

Thaipusam: Pins and Needles

You have never had pins and needles like this! Thaipusam, a festival commemorating the feats of Hindu God, Lord Subramaniam, is notable for the sacrificial piercing of devotees flesh. Thaipusam is celebrated by the Tamil people who originated in southern India. It generally takes place around January or February, during the full moon of the tenth […]

Incan Symbols: Ancient Mystery or Modern Myth?

Ancient Incan symbols passed down by the mystical empire…or a modern-day myth? While travelling high in Peruvian Andes discovering what was once the centre of the Incan empire, I fell in love with the unique and colourful array of pendants being sold to tourists. The jewellery designs were said to incorporate ancient symbols of the […]

The Claddagh – Let Love & Friendship Reign

A crowned heart clasped between two hands that symbolises love, friendship and loyalty; the design of the Claddagh ring of Ireland is one with a long and mysterious history full of romantic tall tales. But who can truly claim responsibility for the original motif?

All hail the noble lotus flower! Or is it just a lily?

In most corners of Asia, Buddhist and Hindu symbolism are inescapable. From India to Japan, there are endless images and representations to intrigue the senses. One recurring motif that interestingly appears to span multiple religions, geographies and cultures, is the lotus flower. So what is it that makes this aquatic perennial so special?

La Boca, Buenos Aires – Missable or Must-See?

“We are locking the doors because there are a lot of carjackings in this area,” explained our tour guide on the way to La Boca. “This is a very poor neighbourhood, but we should be ok because we are in a private car,” she elaborated and begins to tell us the history of the area. Some […]

Peranakan: A Colourful Cultural Collision

The Peranakan culture is a melding of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian traditions, creating an aesthetic that is eye-catchingly colourful and exquisitely detailed. The Peranakan shophouses of Singapore stood out to me immediately when I arrived in Southeast Asia. Years later I continue to uncover the wonders of the Peranakan people from their intricate embroidery and beading […]