This travelling life. And the lord of my dance.

He asked me. That’s how it started. Held out his hand. For that is a man’s role. And I said, ‘Teach me. Teach me, please.’ Allowing him the mentor’s role. The leader’s role. And he lead. And he commanded me: ‘Don’t let go.’ ‘And follow me. Just follow me.’ And I did. I followed. With…

Recalibrations

“Please fasten your seatbelts… Put away your electronic devices…” I’ve already read every word in the inflight mag during my two previous flights this month, so I read my own diary and discover with delight a journal of contentedness, growth and gratitude. (Who knew?) It’s a backward-looking journey to share, because there are lessons there. 24 November 2016, Wattay…

Buddhist Economics

Foreigners, apparently, don’t like noise, or being interrupted, or dust or snakes or scorpions. This I learned from my neighbour on Sunday morning during the course of an impromptu four-hour visit – her first in the 7 months we’ve been in the house. It’s the house her father built (and which he’s been known to subsequently visit…

Think or Swim

I swam in ‘our’ Mekong today for the first time. (I’ve swum in tributaries upstream, but never so much as dipped an ankle in the Mekong anywhere close to Vientiane.) It was glorious and cool and Just Felt Right. And it made me think: why, so often, do we choose not to do the simple things…

Lessons from the flood

It’s all over the news: the moonsoon has hit Manila, bringing some of the heaviest rains on record. While Brad and I live safe and dry in our 46th-floor cosy eyrie, what’s a girl with journalistic training and ambitions to do but head on down and wade out into those waters. Here’s what I learned…