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Hey everyone - my name is Julie Small and I live in Australia. This blog is all about travel..for the NOMAD and the nester. Road-trips, day-trips, BIG trips…you will find them all…close to home and far far away. And for the armchair traveller there are travel book reviews, film reviews and lots of photography (so you can see what you're missing!!). Enjoy. Please share, comment and don't be afraid to drop me a line. Safe travels….Julie

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Tso Moriri: In the Land of the Nomads

Tso Moriri: In the Land of the Nomads

Dec 3, 2016 | No Comments

tso moriri Located on the Changtang Plateau in Eastern Ladakh, Tso Moriri evokes images of a by-gone era. Here you are transported back to the ancient world of Silk Road traders, reclusive nomads, archaic traditions, mystical rites and fluid borders.  This really is a land that time forgot. This area is essentially a part of Western Tibet despite a heavily militarised border dictating […]

Snow Leopard Diaries: Chasing Ghosts

Snow Leopard Diaries: Chasing Ghosts

Nov 14, 2016 | 14 Comments

A QUEST TO FIND THE RARE AND ELUSIVE SNOW LEOPARD Day #1 – 22 September Chris and I are sitting in the courtyard of our guesthouse in Leh, the high altitude capital of Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya. It’s 2pm and we should have been on the road by now.  But all tourists require a […]

Things to Do in Delhi (Not Another Bloody Fort?)

Things to Do in Delhi (Not Another Bloody Fort?)

Nov 3, 2016 | 5 Comments

Nope, I’m done with forts and palaces and tombs.  I’ve visited the  impressive terracotta coloured tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, a trial run for the  building of the Taj Mahal.  I’ve viewed the tallest brick minaret (73m) in the world at the Qutub Minar. And have fought the tourists crowds at the place the Mughal Emperors called home […]

Street Photography Workshop: Delhi

Street Photography Workshop: Delhi

Oct 17, 2016 | 14 Comments

It’s only 7 o’clock in the morning and already the damp heat  of Delhi’s  late summer is steaming up my eye-glasses. Sweat trickles down my back and my t-shirt is clinging to my clammy skin. I fan myself with some errant piece of paper found in my bag with the hope of some relief from the incessant heat. Around me […]

Snow Leopards: In Search of the Grey Ghost

Snow Leopards: In Search of the Grey Ghost

Sep 12, 2016 | 5 Comments

Three years ago I climbed a 5000m pass in the Indian Himalaya looking for snow leopards. I struggled with the altitude and each deep breath I took felt raspy on my throat as I drew in the cold, arid air of the high altitude desert that is the Markha Valley in Ladakh. The higher I went the more difficult […]

Indoor Skydiving in Sydney Suburbia – iFLY Downunder

Indoor Skydiving in Sydney Suburbia – iFLY Downunder

Sep 3, 2016 | 10 Comments

Did you know that on the outskirts of Sydney’s sprawling suburbia you can learn to fly like a super hero? Indoor skydiving is the current craze to hit in action and adrenaline sports and it was for this that we found ourselves one wintry Saturday morning taking the long drive out through Sydney’s sprawling western suburbs […]

Roadtripping the Aussie Outback: Ten Tips for A Great Trip

Roadtripping the Aussie Outback: Ten Tips for A Great Trip

Aug 22, 2016 | 16 Comments

Roadtripping the Aussie Outback is a dream of a lot of travellers to this country.  But it’s not just the backpackers and foreign tourists who are venturing out to the enigmatic  Australian Outback. It is attracting many local tourists too. There something intangible about the wide open spaces. There is something about the infinite emptiness and mesmerising beauty […]

Travel with Books: See the World From Your Couch

Travel with Books: See the World From Your Couch

Jul 31, 2016 | 14 Comments

You can’t always find the time or money to travel the world. But you can go vicariously through books. From New York, to Paris, to Sydney – let literature take you there.  Here are my top five recent releases -while not are all technically travel books, they will all transport you to another place – don’t […]

Things To Do In Barcelona – Bon dia, ens n’anem

Things To Do In Barcelona – Bon dia, ens n’anem

Jul 29, 2016 | 22 Comments

There are plenty of things to do in Barcelona, arguably one of Spain’s most vibrant cities.  This strident city is a  heady mix of Catalan culture, art, architecture, food and bustling city streets that are brimful of cafes, tapas bars and eclectic shopping. There is art on every street from the unmistakable form of Gaudi’s architecture to the […]

Street Photography Paris

Street Photography Paris

Jul 8, 2016 | 16 Comments

Street Photography Paris – the City of Light through a black and white lens.   “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast “When good Americans […]

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