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The Meanderings of the Wheel of Dhamma

There's no tomorrow,  No yesterday,  No reason for sorrow Or need to say, This thing I remember, 'For that I pray.' There's only today.  - Ananda Pereira, Wheel publication #24/25 The Meanderings of the Wheel of Dhamma - and other such titles - were discovered in a beautiful buddhist book shop in the centre of ...

Agra: A Love Story

How not to travel #4 -  Go to the city of love during a break up. "Should guilty seek asylum here, Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin. Should a sinner make his way to this mansion, All his past sins are to be washed away. The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs; And the sun and ...

A chewable curio: The Sri Lankan Betel Leaf

Discovered at a train station cafe in central Sri Lanka.  Betel juice, betel juice, betel juice; is what you will get after chewing on this little curio. You may have also seen people around Asia in passing with bright red stained teeth after indulging in this leafy hardcore version of gum. A tradition that is rumoured to ...

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) was ticking all the boxes for a perfect get away; endless pristine beaches, an abundance of tropical landscapes, fascinating wildlife, generous food portions, and ancient Buddhist cities including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya. Arriving in Colombo airport, withdrawing cash (locked ...

Indonesia

England was a distant memory. All I could see out of the plane window were misty mountains, tiny islands and vast stretches of green. It was like nothing I had ever seen, and this was to be the start of my new life. I had no idea what was going to happen on the other side. I was descending in the middle of a vast ...

India

India, the spiritual hub of the universe. With it’s vast differences and sensory overloads, some attempt to sum it up with the over simplified comparison to Marmite; ‘you either love it or hate it’. I’ve both loved and hated it for many varied reasons. Whatever you do find here it will certainly be an ...

Kuta, Lombok: An Undiscovered Paradise

How not to travel #2: Decide it's a good idea to move to a paradise island with only £500 in the bank. There's a chicken on the beach and I have piss on my flip flops. If there's anything that you should do before going away, it's probably save some money. I instead decided to buy into a wish and a dream, believing the ...