One of Dharavi slum's many pottery communities

Dharavi slum: The entrepreneurial heart of Mumbai

Slumdog Millionaire. That is what most people know of Dharavi slum. Images of young boys running barefoot through narrow alleyways, of poverty and hardship. Or maybe you picture rough shanties leaning up against the railway lines. However you’ve heard of Dharavi, the images it conjures are bound to be negative. I’ve visited slums before, notably Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, so was keen to experience what[…]

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Visit Kolkata: Victoria Memorial

Visit Kolkata: Top sites you shouldn’t miss in India’s former capital

The name Kolkata is woven into the history of India. Formerly known as Calcutta, and once the capital of the British Raj, this sprawling city is located in the north-eastern state of West Bengal, close to the border with Bangladesh, and buzzes with energy and life. Kolkata has a reputation for extreme poverty and overwhelming sensation. Whilst the former is definitely true – poverty is[…]

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Slemish: Discover St Patrick’s Mountain in Northern Ireland

I have been a regular visitor to Northern Ireland over many years, visiting the town of Ballymena, County Antrim. And anyone familiar with the approach to Ballymena will recognise Slemish. Towering over the surrounding flat landscape, Slemish is unmistakable and, when the mists clear, unmissable. It is also St Patrick’s mountain. The story goes like this: at the age of 16, the teenager who would[…]

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Sofia Airport transfer on a budget: Using the metro

Sofia,  Bulgaria’s historic capital city, is definitely an up and coming destination. With an increase in low-cost flights from other parts of Europe, as well as some serious investment in tourist sites and infrastructure, it may still be a little off your radar – but it’s time to look a bit closer! With affordable accommodation to match the great airfares, it’s the perfect budget destination;[…]

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