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Freya Stark (1893–1993)

There have been many completely fabulous women travellers; intrepid women with style and wit and possibly even nicely turned ankles, and I’d nominate Freya Stark as their pin-up if I thought the phrase did her any kind of justice. 1,609 more words


"The Act of Waking" and my first morning in Sri Lanka

I woke in darkness just before dawn today– mostly because of jet lag– but given the name of this blog, it seemed fitting to get out of bed and record the sights and sounds of the world waking up on my first morning in Sri Lanka. 533 more words

Sri Lanka

High Adventure and Strange Characters

A Dozen Books that Made Me Who I Am, for Better or for Worse

They say if you want to write well, you need to be well-read, and while I may be deficient on a pile of classics and must-reads so vast that it seems hopeless to ever tackle it, I do try to do my homework, especially when it comes to the style of writing I’ve elected as my primary mode of creative expression: non-fiction. 2,536 more words

Books & Print

ROBIN WRIGHT: Yemen Then and Now - The Sad Chronicle of a Failed State

New Yorker — In 1994, I took my mother on a vacation to Yemen, the most remote and populous corner of the Arabian peninsula. We landed, by ship, at the port city of Mukalla, once a major trading post between Africa and India. 151 more words


There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from from the things we do.

– Freya Stark


Feminist Freedom: Finding, Following, and Painting Freya Stark by Angela Yarber

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.” –Freya Stark

Ok. I’ll admit it. We all have our secret indulgences, don’t we? 1,235 more words


Freya Stark's Worst Journey

Happy Birthday to Freya Stark, born on January 31, 1893. In this extract taken from her book The Zodiac Arch, she recounts a trip across the Atlantic Ocean, 1943, November, during World War II. 2,365 more words