Goa: The state of ‘sosgado’

Juggling on Patnem Beach. ©MRandin

A man, with matted hair sits in the lotus position with his face raised to the sun. A few metres down the beach, a 30 something woman, sporting a bright pink sun dress, cavorts through the waves playing a three note tune on a tiny flute. Welcome to Patnem beach in the south of Goa – a place which fulfils every tired cliché about the state’s famous hippie culture. Continue reading


Happy New Year everyone!


I thought I’d start off 2010 with one of my favourite pictures from 2009. Our car had stopped just a little behind this truck with the boy hanging out the back. He smiled for the camera and then waved out to us as the light turned green!

Happy New Year everyone . I hope 2010 will be filled with joy, peace and good luck for each of you.

On being a “dog traveller” in Mumbai


I’ve been thinking a lot about what my aunt said just before we left India to return to Switzerland. She asked me if I’m a ‘dog traveller’ or a ‘cat traveller’. According to her a ‘dog traveller’ gets attached to people while ‘cat travellers’ are usually more smitten with the place. Continue reading

Incredible India!

Brace yourselves - Vanessa does South India!

I have a confession to make. I really wasn’t looking forward to spending two weeks in India. I had little choice in the matter, however, as my husband booked two tickets for Mumbai one evening and casually let me know about it after the deed was one.

Returning to the motherland!

I am currently writing this post from a little internet cafe in Goa, India. It’s one of the coolest (literally) places on the beach at the moment. Outside the sun’s beginning to set and a lazy walk along Patnem beach over to Palolem for a candle light dinner is on the cards.

We’ve been here a week and I’m enjoying every minute of it. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the colours – there’s so much life everywhere. Especially  in Mumbai where we first landed.

It may be a week before I can start properly blogging again. But until then, here’s wishing you all a wonderful, happy and peaceful Christmas.

Bubble Living 101

It’s amazing how many ideas for a weekend getaway you can find just by sitting in a hospital waiting room. That’s when I first found out about the Museomotel located in the town of Raon-l’Étape in France.

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The Swiss way or the highway?



Swiss politics are usually a sure-fire cure for insomnia. However, things recently hotted-up when more than 50% of the Swiss population voted for a proposal put forward by right-wing groups in the country.  Continue reading