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6 Best Dating Sites To Use While Travelling

November 19, 2016

Travel sentiments are a major reward of long and fleeting travel. We as a whole need a little TLC now and again. Maybe as another companion, an easygoing attach or something genuine. These apps are globally used so regardless of where you will be, you can login and discover your suitor.


Tinder then discovers you potential matches close (you can contract it around looking by age and separate) and in the event that they take your extravagant, you swipe right to “like” them. If not, go left to ‘pass’. In the event that they’ve likewise “preferred” you – bingo. It’s a match and you can begin informing.

There are Tinder patterns you can take after, as well: a late examination of 12,000 profile photographs of both men and ladies demonstrated that 72% of them wore unbiased hues in their photos, rather than eye-getting brilliant hues or a conspicuous print, with the shading dark overwhelmingly mainstream for individuals’ picked outfits.


OkCupid is a free internet dating webpage that has a fantastic calculation for coordinating accomplices. When you join to the site, and in addition drafting the typical exposition about how extraordinary you are and transferring four out of center photos from that period in 2006 when you were hot, you answer a heap of numerous decision questions. These extent from the genuinely common (“Could you date a smoker?”) to the incredibly odd (“What are your conclusions on Eugenics?”).

The inquiries are picked aimlessly from a rundown of several thousands. You need to answer 50 regardless, so the site can construct a photo of what you are. From that point, the more inquiries you reply, the more probability the OKC calculation will discover you a match.

Grinder (gay/bi men)

Grindr in a split second associates you to a huge number of people locally or around the world. It is world’s #1 free dating app only for gay/bi men, intended to help such men meet other men in their general vicinity for companionship, dating or sexual experiences. A greater amount of the last mentioned.. has rapidly gotten to be a standout amongst the most gone by web dating destinations on the Internet. Initially dispatched on April 21, 1995; it now has more than 23,575,000 individuals (2016), keeps on developing at a fast rate. Moreover, has 8.8 million individuals who met on the dating site and after that later met disconnected and a normal of 12 couples who met on get to be hitched or connected with day by day.


SKOUT is the designer of an area based long range interpersonal communication and dating application and site. SKOUT was one of the primary dating and versatile individuals disclosure applications to underline summed up client location.


Zoosk is an internet dating administration accessible in 25 dialects and in more than 80 nations.

Online Dating Facts

Men lie most about; Age, Height, Income
Women lie most about: Weight, Physical Build, Age

Blog Looks Travel

Travelling With DreadLocs – Best on the go do’s

November 5, 2016

Having dreadlocks may be one of the most convenient travel hair dos.

No need to wash, no need to brush, and above all – dreads can play host to all those little souvenirs you wouldn’t know what else to do with…. be it shells, beads, feathers or beautiful fabrics. Even Celina (editor) had fauxlocs for a while!

Best ways to wear locs while carrying a back-pack

On the very top of your head

You may feel like your holding a bird’s nest on your head, but the sheer freedom of having it out of the way when carrying a heavy load is worth it!

In a side plait

This is a neat way to wear your hair, and best of all, there is no pressure placed on the individual dreads, meaning you won’t get those sad dents and kinks running down them. It also makes it easy to toss the whole lot over your shoulder.

Double Micky Mouse buns

for a little fun, divide your locs into 2 parts and twirl each half into buns on the top of your head.

To avoid constant frustration in transit, don’t keep them out, trust me. 

Best ways wear locs when wanting to be fairly inconspicuous

I’m not saying you should hide who you are, but on occasion, it might be beneficial to tone down your ‘wacky’ hair, especially in fairly religious areas, conservative places or when visiting grandparents…

In a low bun

grab your locs and loop them around themselves, tucking them in with an elastic resting on the back of your neck.


In a singular plait

working from the crown of your head down to the back, section your locs into 3 parts; grab 3 to 4 dreads at a time and work your way down, until all are tucked neatly into a fat plait. This hairstyle is beautiful from behind, and from the front it can be hard telling what kind of hair you have.

Best ways to wear locs without hassle – daily dos

Two low ponytails

Divide your locs into 2 equal sections, grab a strong dread and wrap it around that half, repeat on the other side. No elastics needed.

Relaxed tie up

this style turns out different every time. Basically, grab a handful of locs and tuck them into another handful. Continue shoving dreads until it feels stable.

With a fabric head band

It’s as simple as putting your locs in a loose high bun, and wrapping a scarf around it…  super comfy!

Out and proud

nothing beats of head of hair flowing freely, so let your locs flowwww!

Having dreadlocks when exploring the world is a blast… the conversations that bloom, the people you meet, the uses… they’re all endless. If you are ever without a pillow – your locs are there to help you through. If ever you’re cold around your neck… your locs are there for you. If you’re ever bored… Your locs are there to be maintained.

Locs are a go!






Africa Blog Kenya Travel

My Experience in Kenya As A Female Traveller

November 1, 2016

Why Travel To Kenya?

Countless Opportunities for adventure, beautiful language, landscapes that will leave you in disbelief, outrageously beautiful coastline, safari trips that will amaze, and vibes that’ll have you grinning ear to ear! The people are incredible too… there are just too many reasons to write about!

Working in Kenya

Volunteering in Kenya is something extraordinary. It’s easier than you’d think it would be to integrate. Within a couple of days, I felt comfortable and at home at the school and at the centre we were placed in.

There are a lot of expats living across Kenya, as well as a heap of entrepreneurs, safari companies and white locals… so this kind of allowed me to blend quite easily. It may sound silly, but it really helps in feeling comfortable when things like staring aren’t as intense and frequent. And more than that, it makes integrating with the children relaxed and natural; they didn’t have fear or resilience, more just curiosity.

My two friends and I were working for about 7 weeks, in 2 different places. Our tasks were broad, making each day different and exciting. We taught things like Maths and English, we helped sort beads and fabric in the women’s centre, we played sport with the kids, held craft sessions, helped in the kitchen and harvested vegetables in the garden. We were given a lot of freedom, more than anything we were told to just be there for the kids. The Restart Centre is an organisation dedicated to saving street kids from life out on the street , providing them with a family, healthcare, food and an education. It was up to us to help in whatever way we could.

The teachers treated us like equals, we ate the same meals as the kids, and we were treated with respect the whole time we were there. It really did feel like we were part of a massive family.

Kenyan local people, atmosphere and hospitality

Kenyans are kind, hospitable, interested, interesting, and a little cheeky! They are proud of their culture, and so they should be. Walking around the small towns, there is a certain feeling, like you are safe. Within 2 weeks of living in Gil Gil, we’d made a relationship with fruit shop owners, motorbike taxi drivers, shop tellers and lingering school kids who constantly asked ‘how are you?!’, to which we’d respond ‘We are fine, how are YOU?!’ And so the questioning would go on, until we were out of earshot 🙂 I love Kenyan people, they are incredibly tough and resilient, yet so many seemed to be afraid of little bugs and the like! To me, they have a perfect mixture of pride, strength and adaptability.

Places I visited

We arrived in Nairobi – big, smokey, dirty, busy Nairobi. It is so big, with cars beeping behind one and other for hours, and people walking in every direction. It’s not exactly a tranquil area, but definitely worth a visit. There are great markets, authentic bars and restaurants everywhere, and amazingly beautiful Kanga (fabric) shops on almost every street. We lived in Naivasha for about a month – such a beautiful place. Lake Naivasha and all its wild life are gob-smacking, the town is large but nothing like a city, there are clothes markets hidden under big tarped areas, great places to enjoy the national dish of beans & rice, pretty houses to look at and great expanses of green fields… great for walking 🙂 We stayed in Gil Gil too, a much smaller town which I absolutely loved, and am revisiting in a couple of weeks! Above the small town there are mountains with hot springs, waterfalls and the most luscious green forests. After our volunteering, we traveled down to Mombasa, people say the overnight bus is a death sentence, but I thought it was fine… little bit of adventure ! The city of Mombasa is rich in Arabic culture and truley beautiful. For an ultimate holiday experience, I would recommend Diana Beach

Mtwapa is a little more ‘real’, and there it’s pretty easy to find cheap accommodation without the typical tourist resorts.

Things to do in Kenya

There are many! If you’re into Mountain trekking then there are several peaks to attempt! Safaris options are endless! Bird watching, scuba diving, resort-hopping, sun-bathing, city exploring, camping, volunteering or just good old back packing are all pretty easy.

Food in Kenya

Yeah… about the food. It’s not the best. It’s not the worst. Some how, the use of spices just isn’t a big thing. Pretty much you have maize, sukumaweeki (kale), rice, beans, ugali (boiled bread) and meat. Nyama Choma is BBQed meat which is super tasty, and there are places that sell fried chicken. My all time favourite meal was beans and rice. And the fruit and veg is pretty amazing! Mangoes growing on the side of the road in the more tropical areas, and avocados as big as your face. The supermarkets have quite a large range, and you can see a prominent English influence in what fill the aisles. Overall, you can eat well for cheap. Trick is to not expect amazing flavour explosions, but more be pleased with the simple things.

ugaliHow much money to bring to Kenya

You really don’t need a lot. Between USD$ 4 – 9 per night is enough to have a decent place to sleep. You can get a massive plate of food for about $1, getting long distance mutatus (taxis) is about $0.50 – $2. If you want to live like a local, you could swing it for well under $10 a day. If you want to stay in resorts and drink, eat and play like an out-of-towner, you’re looking at over $50 a day. They use Kenyan shillings, and  it’s about 80 KES to $1. From memory, a loaf of bread was about 40 KES.

What not to do in Kenya

Don’t wear tight clothes or short shorts. Take advise from locals, but with a grain of salt. Don’t carry a lot of money on you. Don’t drink the tap water. If you’re a single girl, pretend you’re married, seriously, it’ll safe you a lot of hassle. If you find yourself at a church service, respect the religious beliefs of those around you, and maybe keep your potential atheist of agnostic beliefs to yourself. Again, this will save you a lot of trouble.

Just play it cool really 🙂

Is Kenya a country that I’d visit twice?


(My) Most beautiful/memorable Spots and Moments

Playing with and teaching the kids at both charity organisations (KCC slum project and The Restart centre).

Swimming in the hot springs above Gil Gil.

Riding on the back of motorbikes.

Seeing the Giraffes grazing the trees on Safari.

Lying on the beautiful sand on Diana Beach.

Driving past the zebras that casually stand between the opposing roads of traffic.

Advice if you’re travelling to Kenya

Get the right immunizations: Cholera, Hep A and Typhoid. Pack a course of general antibiotics, Check what season it is: it’ll either be dry or very wet, however it’s always nice and balmy seeing as it’s very near the equator. Pack loose fitting clothes. And above all, don’t plan too much! Kenya is pretty easy to travel on a whim.


Kenya is still my favourite place on earth, well worth a visit… without sounding too cheesy, it could change your life.

If you are interested in volunteer work, I would highly recommend paying The Restart Centre a visit. This is one of the best run organisations I know of, it’s honest, not-for-profit and works to resolve issues of child abuse and homelessness, with family values and education.



Africa Blog Congo

Most Beautiful Shots of Congolese landscape

October 30, 2016

Largely known for its dark history and civil unrest, the Congo is also a place of great beauty. Its vast forests, rivers and savannahs give rise to landscapes of stunning natural beauty.

Here are 10 of my favourites.

Mount Nyiragongo

Located within Virguna National Park surrounded by forests and savannah, Mount Nyiragongo is an active volcano standing 3740 meters above sea level.


Garamba National Park

Garamba National Park and its seemingly endless grassland savannah covers 4,920 km² of north eastern DRC.

Kahuzi-biéga National Park

This vast area of tropical forests and its two extinct volcanoes provide a home for a diverse range of fauna, including one of the last surviving groups of eastern lowland Gorillas.

Boyoma Falls

The Boyoma Falls consist of 7 waterfalls distributed along 100 km of the Lualaba River, descending a total of 61 m finally reaching the Congo river.

Pool Malebo

Known as Lake Nkunda by local indigenous people in pre-colonial times, Pool Malebo is the name given to the lake-like wide region of the lower Congo river.

Maiko National Park

Situated on the equator, the swamps and rivers which meander through Maiko National Park form amazing patterns on the landscape.

Idjwi and Lake Kivu

On the eastern boarder of DRC lies Idjwi, an island located in Lake Kivu.

Okapi Wildlife Reserve

The Okapi Wildlife Reserve in the countries north-east is home to numerous threatened species including primates, birds and about 5,000 of the estimated 30,000 okapi surviving in the wild.

Salonga National Park

The meandering rivers and oxbow lakes create amazing landscapes through Africa’s largest national park.

The Congo River

Separating the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo runs the Congo River. The river stretches for thousands of kilometres and is littered with rapids and waterfalls.


Australia Blog Travel

The MIGHTY South East Coast Australia: Travel Tips and Advice

October 21, 2016

(South East) Australia is beautiful in a thousand ways

It spans over 7 million square kilometers, so it can be difficult deciding where to begin. Whether you love the surf, dense forests, natural streams, or buzzing metropolises, the South East coast can satisfy all your desires.

It is possible to travel by train ( ) or by coach, but in all honesty, the best way to see Australia’s South East coast is in your on vehicle. Be it a tiny two-seater, a 4WD , or a van, there is nothing like owning your own freedom when it comes to endless natural beauty, and when deciding where looks good to camp for the night.

Sydney acts as a perfect starting point for any trip down south.

The city itself is very big, with hundreds of suburbs offering diverse food, night life, beautiful beaches and  parks. The Northern Beaches is an amazing area to explore, with lakes, dams, park land and of course beaches, it’s a great way to experience life near the city, without really being in the city. The Sydney Harbour is of course a must see, the bridge really is impressive and excellent for long walks, across, under and near it… I really enjoy strolling through Luna Park and through The Rocks.

 If you’re interested in more alternative ways of living, Newtown is the place for you. At all hours of the day, there are buskers playing, street art to see, beautiful architecture, quirky locals, and cafes and pubs for miles.

About 3 hours south of Sydney lies Mimosa Rocks National Park,

It is HUGE, the park has beautiful roads that spiral down to immaculate beaches. You can set up camp right in the car park, with the overhanging native trees and friendly wallabies, it’s the perfect way to spend a star filled night. Be sure to check out Nelson Lagoon too. Malacoota is another worthy area, having rocky headlands, soft sand and a walking track that laces along a constant line of beaches, about 30 meters high, tracking in and out of bush land.

If you’re heading South, Ninety mile beach is the perfect spot if you want to camp free! About half an hour east of Princes highway, down Corringle road lies a massive untouched beach. Swimming in its fresh waves feels that much better after climbing up the impressive sand mountains that hides the beach away.

little green nomad shot

Continue south for another couple of hours and you’ll hit Melbourne:

The mecca of culture, art, music and food. Activities to tickle your taste buds include the St Kilda Festival (February), strolling the cafe and graffiti dense lanes in the city’s centre, perusing the fresh goods at the Fitzroy Markets, and, my favourite, taking a trip to Half Moon Bay (especially at sunset!)

Living + Nomads

The South East Coast of Australia has so much to offer

And with the right mindset it’s not hard to live cheap and sleep for free! Sometimes it takes a little drive by searching, but I’ve found that the best spots pop up when you least expect them to –  no map can direct you, only your instincts can win!

If you’re interested in a 2 – 4 week trip, driving from Sydney to Melbourne is perfect for this amount of time. You’ll have more sun tanning time than you could ever imagine, hundreds of bush walks to choose from, dozens of quaint little towns to service your coffee and pie needs, and endless choices of relaxing, fun or romantic spots to set up for the night 😉

Handy Tips For Travelling The South East Coast of Australia

All tap water is drinkable, weather in summer is about 26 – 40 degrees, you DEFINITELY need sunscreen and  I’d recommend a visit to Bunning’s Warehouse to buy things like eski coolers and mosquito coils.

Also worth checking out –

Bawley Point 

Murrumbidgee National Park (near Durras)

Wooloondool, Murrumbidgee Valley National Park

jervis bay green patch

 Have any questions?
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Asia Blog Laos

Things To Discover In The Discreet Country of Laos

October 16, 2016

Laos is a beautiful untouched country in South East Asia. I’d pick Laos over busy Bali any day – why? Because it’s super chilled out and has a raw beauty and serenity which I hope, I really hope, doesn’t change.

Things to see in Laos

Luang Prabang 

Take a walk through the countries ancient capital that feels as if it has been frozen in time.

Vang Vieng

Popular among backpackers and Korean tourists; explore the many caves and bright blue lagoons that dot the landscape tucked among the mountains jetting up from the valley floor.

Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) 

On the border of Cambodia and Laos the Mekong River gives way to a large watery plain dotted with islands. Explore the area on bikes or kayaks, take a look at the large waterfalls that plunge down towards Cambodia, or take in the serenity in your bungalow swinging in a hammock. NOTE: no ATM on the islands. Bring plenty of kip.

Tham Kong Lo 

Hidden in the Phu Hin Bun wilderness area in the southern panhandle of Laos the Nam Hin Bun river flows through Tham Kong Lo cave. Float through the 7km tunnel only illuminated by flashlights and headlamps. Hire a boat from one of the nearby fishing villages. Not for the faint of heart.

Pha That Luang

The most famous and important site in all of Laos, which you’ll find on all of their currency, is a must see, especially if you arrive via Viantiane. Don’t stop here however. There are many temples, many of which are centuries old, to explore.

Kuang Si Waterfall 

Hike up and around this beautiful area exploring the various falls and bright turquoise pools. An hour by tuk-tuk, don’t book a tour. Instead, find enough people to fill the back of a tuk-tuk and haggle the price.

Slow Boat to Muang Ngoi Neua and Nong Khiaw

Relax along the Ou River and travel to the quiet river villages of Muang Ngoi Neau and Nong Khiaw. Relax or hike around the infrequently visited area.


Occupied by the United States at some point decades ago during the war, some western characteristics remain like the Laos “cowboys” you may come across. Good place to visit the plain of jars from as well.


Blog Slovenia

My Slovenia Blues

October 10, 2016

Many months before I arrived in Slovenia my personal life took a sudden sharp turn for the worse but with time I recovered and I was back in my usual great place, but not for long. Then after, without warning an extremely painful unexpected event in Paris occurred which straight up broke me into pieces and I was – without question, disoriented for a very long time. The daily pangs, the constant blame, anger flushes, smiles of denial masking tears and circles of dead-end reasoning. I had the feeling I was standing all alone, and my state of mind wasn’t changing any time soon. I was bargaining with thin air and desperately needed to be somewhere new and distracting where nobody knew me so I went on and booked the first flight out to anywhere.

I was the first on the plane and the first out the airport. Eager is an understatement – i just had to leave London and arrive in Ljubljana asap

I’m glad I am writing this years later because my memories of visiting Slovenia are now centered around the beauty of the little country, the hospitable people I met and the light-hearted adventures I had there. I chose Slovenia by chance, it was actually out of Slovenia and Slovakia which at the time were same difference to me – they are both small (random) countries in Europe which I could fly to cheaply from London.

Slovenia is a pretty little country. From above it looks like a fairytale, with castles, bridges and statues of dragons. I went during the icy white winter when it was freezing cold and snowing. You know me – I hate the cold, but these were desperate times so I didn’t care about below zero weather. I may have been one of the handful of black people that some of the locals had ever seen in real life but it was ok, they are polite and didn’t touch – unlike the Asians… What is great is that it is tiny, so you can easily visit it in 1 week – though I stayed for around 3 weeks to get a real feel for the place. Besides.. I had no pressing matters elsewhere.

I stayed with V, a great great guy – actually one of my besties today. He’s brilliant and so is his family. He showed me around Ljubljana, a few cool night spots, Lake Bled and a few off track places. We went for hikes and every day I dined with his family. It was so nice, it was exactly what I needed.

To V: You may not have realised it – but you helped me a lot. Our days together were more than amazing and filled joy into the empty hollow hole in my heart that was broken. The day trips and the conversations, the food, wine and the spliffs. Thank you, thank you all.

At that period Slovenia was the first destination out of many that followed and believe or not, my trip got a lot more interesting, tough and outrageous once I left. Perhaps I should have stayed there longer.

You may wonder what exactly happened in Paris that broke my heart and wrecked my mental state? Or, you may wonder what happened before Paris that caused the event in Paris… With time you will find out. I’ll write about it

Photos from a random time in freezing cold Slovenia

Lake Bled     

Random village near Lake Bled

Climbing (a bit scared) up to somewhere


Stunning Black Sand Beaches. wow wow wow

October 9, 2016

During My World Travels I get lucky enough to enjoy the sight of black sand beaches…

One type of black sand is a heavy, glossy, partly magnetic mixture of usually fine sands, found as part of a placer deposit. Another type of black sand, found on beaches near a volcano, consists of tiny fragments of basalt. – wiki

There’s me thinking that there was only grey/blonde sand, then I discovered black sand in Iceland and I was fascinated! Black sand? How rare and beautiful! Here are my top 10 black sand beaches around the world

10. Punalu’u Beach – Big Island, Hawaii, U.S.A

Relax under the palm trees and maybe catch a green sea turtle soaking up the sun.

Black Sand beach at Road to Hana

9. Miho no Matsubara – Shizuoka, Japan

4 mile stretch of rocky black sand with Mt. Fuji towering above it.

8. Muriwai Beach– Muriwai Beach, New Zealand

Just 35km from downtown Auckland, you can explore this 40 mile stretch of rugged beach on horseback or do something a bit more adventurous like hang gliding or kiteboarding.

7. Papenoo Beach – Papenoo, Tahiti

Famous for its white sand beaches, Papenoo’s black sand beach is often overlooked and has a locally favored river mouth surf break.

6. Black Sand Beach – Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A

It’s black pebble beach may not be the best for relaxing you can find many freshwater caves, ancient temples, and lava formations.

5. Cahuita Beach – Cahuita, Costa Rica

Mostly rough waters featuring big waves for surfers, you can find a few areas of calm water for swimming at Costa Rica’s most famous stretch of black sand.


4. El Bollullo Beach – Tenerife, Canary IslandsLocated in a secluded bay, El Bullollo beach is home to soft, black sand beach surrounded by dramatic cliffs dropping into the ocean.

3. Vik Beach, Vik, Iceland

One of Iceland’s many natural gems.

2. Black Sand Beach – Prince William Sound, Alaska, U.S.A 

A favorite among the sea kayaking community for it’s beautiful scenery and favorable geography that protects against the strong Alaskan winds.

1. Stokksnes Beach  – Stokksnes, Iceland

Strikingly  beautiful and dramatic views of the Icelandic coast.

Warm and Cold
The sun is beginning to get low on the sky and one can see the clouds getting formed from nowhere against the hillside. It becomes an awesome effect where the newly formed clouds forming a wall that completely being illuminated by the golden light, while everything behind it retains its cold blue tones. The picture was taken on a tripod barely a foot above the ground. It is a composite image (panorama) consisting of three vertical images to get the full width of the mountain and the plants in the foreground. To get sharpness all the way from the black lava sand in the foreground to the mountain in the background, I have used “focusstacking”.


Asia Blog

My Peaceful Trip To Rosh Pinna

October 6, 2016

I ended up hitchhiking to Rosh Pinna from Nazareth which I didn’t plan to at all. I was waiting at the bus stop for the bus from Nazareth to Tiberius so I could change there to get to Rosh Pinna but it wasn’t coming. Either I’d got the schedule wrong or it just wasn’t coming at all but it was getting late and the dusk moonlight was starting to creep in and as the journey took an hour I needed to get moving before it was really dark. Luckily the first car that saw me stopped and I jumped in. He was heading to Tiberius so I figured I was lucky… until he started acting strange.
Perhaps I was his first ever hitchhiker, or he was a natural weirdo but his actions were over friendly which made me uneasy. He kept looking at me. Just staring, then all at once he randomly pulled over and stopped in an Arab town in the valley and jumped out and bought me TWO falafels and some water. I finally saw him in outside the car setting and he was huge, wide and scary. He could crush me with him toe… but though he was extremely questionable, I still accepted because I was hungry – what can I say.. a girls got to eat.
He kept stopped off a view points too which now I am pleased about because I saw some spectacular views of Tiberius and distant Jordan but I kept thinking that this was his way of sweetening me up for something horrible. I even memorized his number plate when he bought the food. It was just intuition, but finally we got down to Tiberius bus station and I jumped or should I say ran out. I arrived in a very still Rosh Pinna 40minutes later in pitch black darkness.

“Rosh Pinna was the unwanted rock, which found its place as the corner-stone of Israel”, a local told me.

Rosh Pinna is a wonderful picturesque little place in Northern Israel. Though be careful, because as much as Rosh Pinna is welcoming, locals tell me that she (Rosh Pinna) also spits people out after a while. I still don’t get it… It might be a personal experience.

The source of Rosh Pinna is the fountain at the end of the village. It is the chakra of the town, Eldad told me so – so it must be right. When you are there you feel a different vibration.The people welcome you like you’re an old friend or even a local. They don’t waste time with formalities either. Conversations I had in Rosh Pinna usually started from the middle, rather the beginning and worked their way backwards. Truthfully they are a little peculiar, but aren’t we all? They are the kind of people who put gnomes outside their house and leave their doors wide open while having arguments, sex, family gatherings and parties for the entire neighbourhood to hear – just because we are ‘all one’. I remember a local asking me ‘what do you do?’ and I gave my best response and when I returned the question ‘and what do you do?’ he responded ‘that’s a good question, I’m still trying to find that out’ in a wise buddha type way. I felt like such a tool for answering so thoroughly.

If you make your way to downtown Rosh Pinna from the fountain, you will walk past the picturesque old village which is home to art galleries, magnificent look out points and a synagogue. I took a walk though the Wadi Rosh Pinna and it was so silent that I could hear everything is icy clarity. Every bird, branch, leaf and rustle of the trees. The mountains were like barriers separating me from the world, I was completely alone say for a few lizards and other wildlife. I remembered what a big deal solitude meant for me, the last time I was totally alone in such a vast space was in the Mitzpe Ramon. I climbed to the top of the Wadi and looked down – everything was laid out clearly to me, the world was mine – even just for a day. If anybody was there, I must have looked like some random hiker lost in the valley.


Africa Benin Blog Travel

Best Portraits of Africa: Black and White Edition by Mario Gerth

October 6, 2016

In Benin, scars on the face –more specifically in the apples of the cheek – represent heritage, ethnicity, beauty or clan ties. Etched into the skin during infancy, these artificial dimples come in a variety of hash mark patterns depending on where you are from. If your mother is from one tribe and your father from another, they both have to create the pattern of their own origin on each one cheek. Your mum right and your father the left site. Its a kind of passport you carry day in and out. – Mario Gerth