The spice of life…from Canada (yes, Canada)

The worst thing about writing shopping stories while travelling is constantly finding things you MUST MUST have. Which then leads to such scenarios as storage units full of stuff and no house to put any of it into. Yes, that’ll be the box with the divine Egyptian light fittings. And the roll of Moroccan carpets. The Chinese tea pot and the Turkish cushions. And oh, my new love?

How fabulous are these puppies? By Vancouver designers Fox & Fluevog.

So ok, I know this entry has nothing to do with opening the Rafa border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, and even less to do with climate change (though they are hand-made). But sometimes, you just need a little positive orange in your life. A gazillion Hindus can’t be wrong.

About the author

Fear is found on a creaking glacier in the Caucasus mountains and joy is encapsulated in the perfect Shanghai dumpling. And while I love a $500-a-night hotel room (who doesn’t?), sometimes the best stories are found in a $20 guesthouse. With an eye always out for good markets and great street eats, I write the travel news and features for the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers, and features for whoever else asks. I have a particular soft spot for the wilds of the Middle East, scarves and carpets. My articles and photographs have been published in a range of consumer magazines and newspapers in Australia and abroad.

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