#8 SydneySider – Moon Festival Cabramatta

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There are many reasons why I love living in Sydney and ended up calling it my home.  Firstly, is how multi-cultural this city is and secondly, throughout the year Sydney puts on some amazing free festivals. Since I have known Ian he has been talking about the Moon Festival at Cabramatta.  Not because of the muli-cultural aspect, oh no, but the fact he won a prawn peeling contest one year … Continue reading

PhotoBlog: Get Humped at Pushkar Camel Fair

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I was very excited on arriving in Jaipur to discover the Pushkar Camel Fair was on. I have always wanted to visit it, so Ian and I just had to go. You have never seen so many camels in your life. Hopefully my photo blog shows how awesome it was. Info: The Pushkar Camel Fair is a five day festival, which is held every November on the full moon at Pushkar, … Continue reading

Where is Sri Venkateswara Temple?

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This weekend I had lots and lots of fun celebrating Lord Ganesha’s birthday.  I joined in the festivities at Sri Venkateswara Temple for the Hindu festival, Ganesh Chaturthi. The first pit stop was the temple canteen to stuff myself silly with yummy South Indian food.  Masala dosa (mahoosive pancakes stuffed with spicy potatoes), idly (rice cakes with very tasty sauces), vada (deep fried rice cakes; very naughty, but nice) and some scrumptious … Continue reading

Full Moon Celebrations

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In Nepal Shamanism is still practiced, so on the full moon I witnessed something very special.  I squeezed into a tiny wooden house, high up in the mountains, with most of Gele’s family: elders, children and all.   Every year they gather on the first full moon of the year to pray for the coming Winter months. An altar was set up on the floor.  There was a bowl containing stones and porcupine quills, a pretty potent incense … Continue reading

#5 Sydneysider – The Newtown Festival

Graffiti at Newtown Festival

One of my favourite suburbs in Sydney is Newtown.  It attracts a slightly alternative community; where you find students hanging out, people with mad pink or dreadlocked hairdos, and a few goths thrown into the equation; it’s where grunginess is cool. Newtown is a great place on weekends to just to chill out at, drink chai, chomp down on some great veggie food or browse through the eclectic mix of … Continue reading