Thanks, Mom

DSC02280Aran here.

Five years ago, mom had a crazy idea. I know, I know, that’s pretty commonplace, but trust me, this one was absolutely bonkers. She proposed that four years from then, we would travel the world, and the idea appealed to me. I was but a young buck of nine, and I could think of nothing I would rather do than travel the world with my family. However, it seemed so far away, and I could hardly think that far ahead, and so I buckled down and got on with my life. Continue reading

Reef Teach and the Great Barrier Reef


When I say Australia, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Okay, kangaroos. But how about the second? Oh, all right, the Outback. But after that? Vegemite? Really? Never mind. My point is that the Great Barrier Reef figures prominently in everyone’s idea of Australia. So of course, we had to go see it ourselves! Continue reading

Two Fathers, Two Nations

Comparing Gandhi and Ataturk

    Statues of Ghandi (at the Ghandi Museum in Madurai)

Raising the flag in front of the statue of Gandhi at the Gandhi Museum in Madurai

The statue of Ataturk in Taksim Square, Istanbul

The statue of Ataturk in Taksim Square, Istanbul

Mohandas Gandhi and Mustafa Kemal. Both have so much in common. They both liberated their home country (both from the British… funny), and both received a name meaning Father (Ataturk actually means Father of the Turks, but whatever). To compare these two figures, one must first know a bit about them. And I learned a lot about each as we travelled through both India and Turkey.

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To all Shopaholics

DSC08886To all shopaholics, sorry in advance.

The first impression that anyone who ever goes to Dubai has is one of awe. That makes sense, of course. Who wouldn’t be amazed by the imposing Burj Khalifa with its 163 floors? Or the beautiful palm islands on the glittering sea? On the surface Dubai seems like a paradise. However, once you take a look beneath, you begin to notice all of the things that are so very wrong with this place.

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