A day in my life as a Ghanaian signwriter
Africa / Ghana

A day in my life as a Ghanaian signwriter

One of the loveliest afternoons of my life was spent writing proverbs onto pieces of slate beside an idyllic lagoon in southwestern Ghana. You often find you take a little piece of a place with you when you travel – it’s nice every now and again to know you’ve left a little piece of yourself behind. Continue reading

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Islas del Rosario: 24 hours on an island without time
Colombia / Community Tourism / Creative Writing

Islas del Rosario: 24 hours on an island without time

There is an island off the coast of Cartagena de Indias, far from the sounds of horses and carts clattering over cobblestones, from the salsa drum that drifts through shuttered windows. The island is near silent – the Caribbean heat is brutal here, and nothing can bear to move. Continue reading

Colombia: trekking into the heartland of the Muisca
Colombia / Latin America / Uncategorized

Colombia: trekking into the heartland of the Muisca

It’s not every day that you get a tattoo while 3,000m up a mountain. My tattooist was a delightful little Colombian named Maruja, and her simple tools were plucked from the Andean mountainside, just as they had been for centuries: a plant, and a pinch of soil. This was no ordinary traveller’s tattoo: this was a Muisca tattoo Continue reading