Staying Safe Online

A couple of weeks ago, I started a discussion on internet safety over on my Instagram feed. It reminded me of some things I’d rather forget, and renewed my conviction that staying safe while enjoying the Internet is a difficult yet oh-so-necessary task to get right. I’ve never publicly shared either of my experiences ofContinue reading “Staying Safe Online”

Exploring Iceland – November 2016

“The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re confronted by a soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five minutes.” Stephen Markey  I’d never thought of going to Iceland – or, to be honest, known much about it – until I met my husband, Dan. Iceland was at the top of his wanderlist, and heContinue reading “Exploring Iceland – November 2016”

The courage to plant roots

My grandpa could always be found in his garden, which was an exotic oasis full of colours and species waiting to be smelt, seen, touched. It’s no surprise, looking back, that he called each of his grandkids ‘spud’. He would spend his holidays fixing our gardens, often hopping on the plane with the thoughtful giftContinue reading “The courage to plant roots”

Marrakech: a guide (feat how not to get scammed, where to get the best couscous, and PDA!)

For as long as I remember, I’ve wanted to visit Marrakech. Maybe it was because of Mustafa, our neighbour, whose generous laugh and plates of couscous always seemed so inviting. So it was with lots of excitement that Dan and I travelled to the ‘Red City’, and also had our first taste of the AfricanContinue reading “Marrakech: a guide (feat how not to get scammed, where to get the best couscous, and PDA!)”

Extravagant generosity: an afternoon in the slum

“Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life…all of our life.” Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World It wasContinue reading “Extravagant generosity: an afternoon in the slum”

Faces of India & a chance to help

Dan and I were hugely honoured to be able to visit an area of Tamil Nadu in India this summer. It was a dream come true. I am still processing all that we saw and heard (and tasted!) on our trip. We were there to film and photograph the many projects run by a localContinue reading “Faces of India & a chance to help”

Thoughts before the Big Adventure

It’s the night before our Big Adventure and it feels like Christmas Eve, and also like we’re about to jump into the absolute unknown. Wow. I remember a conversation Dan and I had a few months ago. We quiz each other, every now and then, on our dreams, on where we’re going, on what weContinue reading “Thoughts before the Big Adventure”

“Not here! Far from here.” CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL

BBC Panorama highlighted the contrast they found when researching the World Cup preparations in Brazil in this documentary two nights ago. It’s really tough watching, but it’s important. I saw the same contrast when in Rio last year: excitement and promise, financial investment, change and progress…right next to poverty, despair, exploitation, addiction and hopelessness. We stayedContinue reading ““Not here! Far from here.” CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL”

2014 Snapshot: London

I got to travel twice in January – 2014 is shaping up well! This trip was part work, part leisure. I got to visit the Stop the Traffik offices to work on an exciting project (that will be announced soon) and to attend the first meeting of the STT UK steering group. A real privilege toContinue reading “2014 Snapshot: London”