Sigirya, an ancient fortress situated on the top of a colossal 200-metre high column of rock, is sometimes considered the eighth wonder of the world. It’s a geological wonder, a fascinating archaeological site, and a challenging hike, all rolled together. Sigirya is the must-see destination in Sri Lanka. Simply put – it’s amazing.
Dambulla temple is Sri Lanka’s best preserved cave temple complex, one of the country’s fantastic UNESCO world heritage sights. It’s a decent climb to reach the caves, but the reward are five sanctuaries with outstanding wall fresco paintings, images of past kings and queens, and many golden statues of the Buddha.
Staying in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, is one of the quintessential cultural activities that everybody should enjoy in Japan. More than just a simple place to sleep, a stay in a ryokan is an experience unto itself. With particular room styles, dress codes and meal sets, it can be difficult to know what … More What to expect from a stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan
A big transition is afoot. This blog is changing from a travel blog to an illustrated travel blog. It will be a slow transition, because illustrating is a slow process. Goodbye photos, hello coloured pencils. But beneath the surface, there is a lot to consider.
Well, that’s it! I’ve finished publishing all my stories from my Africa travels in 2010. And just in time, too, because a new journey is just beginning, involving me leaving my home for a new life in Europe! And to accompany it, a complete revamp of my blog to incorporate my artwork is also coming. … More A new blog is coming
I came across a quote by Leonardo da Vinci the other day, which I quite like: For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you long to return.
So…i’ve been neglecting my blog. I’ve had a little bit of an unofficial blogging hiatus since November, because of many distractions from other projects that i’ve been working on. I finally placed myself in French language classes through the Alliance Francaise in Sydney (which, by the way, I wholeheartedly recommend for you would-be multilinguists).
Quit the job, pack the bag, travel. It’s a pretty good summary of my 14-month round the world trip (even though these day’s it’s a bit cliché). What could be better, when you’re feeling stuck, bored at work, or aching for adventure. And guess what – i’m doing it again.
I had two wisdom teeth extracted yesterday. Ouch. I’m OK though. A few weeks ago, Cindy was given a quote for a dental procedure which had an astronomical price tag. So I contacted a dentist friend of mine for help, we had a second opinion, some last minute insurance luck, avoided the biggest costs, and … More The trend of dental tourism
International airport stopover. It could mean many things. A heart-thumping, sweat-dripping sprint for the gate as you and your travel buddies frantically scan the departures board, and yell directions at each other from across the terminal. A bleak, bleary, red-eyed sleep, curled up on a plastic chair like a newborn foetus, trying to block out assaults … More What can you learn about a country from just seeing the airport?