Sri Lanka’s colonial legacy of trains, tea and the Queen’s English

The colonial legacy in Sri Lanka requires a lot of time to get one’s head around, but as a traveller in this day and age, it’s certainly important to know why your fellow passengers speak English as well as you do.… Read More Sri Lanka’s colonial legacy of trains, tea and the Queen’s English

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Exploring Italy with La Mappa Misteriosa

I’ve just started watching La Mappa Misteriosa on ABC iView. Each episode of the series is less than ten minutes and it’s compelling viewing — no mean feat for a program essentially designed for learners of Italian. It’s a clever interactive drama that mimics the experience of cultural immersion. The introductions are in English, and English punctuates each… Read More Exploring Italy with La Mappa Misteriosa

My diary of a week on an Italian farm

I don’t know when I first heard about WWOOF — Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Although the movement is more than forty years old, I probably learnt about it around the time when we all seemed to become more interested in the true cost of agricultural industralisation. I started to meet people who were involved with organic farming and… Read More My diary of a week on an Italian farm

A bad encounter with a Moroccan man in Essaouira that led to mint tea in a family home in Marrakech

Over the past week I could feel myself letting go of my usual penchant for structured time, and felt proud of myself for cancelling a day trip up the Atlas Mountains, as well as a half day cooking class. I was feeling a bit more free spirited than usual…which is why my last day in… Read More A bad encounter with a Moroccan man in Essaouira that led to mint tea in a family home in Marrakech