My First Day at School

How long can I stand in the burn until my feet go numb? Too long. Better to keep throwing stones into the deep bit. Maybe I’ll wake up a fish. I wonder where all this water comes from? Up that …

Bizarre Airport Experiences

Bizarre Airport Experiences

I travel a lot by plane even though it’s environmentally destructive and increasingly boring. Airports in places like Bucharest or Tirana used to be so different from anything we’d seen in the west – the airport terminal in Tirana, a …

A Trekker from Iran

A Trekker from Iran

I was planning to write an article about a trekker and ended up doing one about Samira from Shiraz, Iran. I didn’t deliberately choose someone from the least represented nation on the Annapurna trekking circuit, but she was the person …