Namibia – 50 Shades of Desert

Namibia – 50 Shades of Desert

By Simon Patterson Safe airline arrival into Namibia? Check. Camping equipment supplied with hire vehicle? Check. Wheels attached firmly to the vehicle? Only one wheel nut missing, so near enough. Let’s drive! Of course, we only realised a wheel nut was missing after a tyre went flat on a lonely desert road. With no mechanic for many miles, we had no …

Homelands of the Vikings 2 – Helsinki

Homelands of the Vikings, Part 2: Helsinki

by Bob McCormac This is a multi-part article encompassing my 20-day trip to the Nordic countries that spawned the Vikings and where they left their mark on civilization. In most areas, those direct influences have long since been erased but the impact on the cultures is still apparent in each country. Some of the articles also cover the neighboring countries, …

Homelands of the Vikings 1 – Stockholm

Homelands of the Vikings, Part 1: Stockholm

by Bob McCormac This is a multi-part article encompassing my 20-day trip to the Nordic countries that spawned the Vikings and where they left their mark on civilization. In most areas, those direct influences have long since been erased but the impact on the cultures is still apparent in each country. Some of the articles also cover the neighboring countries, …

Thailand in Two Weeks: More Bangkok

Thailand in Two Weeks: More Bangkok

This is the second in a series of articles about Thailand. Start here to read the first one. All photos taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 and various lenses. Bangkok is rightly famous for its beautiful Buddhist temples, but truth be told, one can only visit and photograph so many wats and Buddha statues before it all starts getting quite repetitive. One …

A Monk's Life: a Day in the Life of Buddhist Monks in Myanmar

A Monk’s Life: a Day in the Life of Buddhist Monks in Myanmar

by Gabriele Rodriquez The typical day of a Buddhist monk, whether young or adult, follows a fixed schedule: wake-up call at 4:30 am (including Saturdays and Sundays); one-hour gathering in the temple to recite mantras; personal hygiene in one of the several fountains scattered around the monastery (there are no showers but they wash themselves with the help of some buckets); …