Author: Asha Tanna
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A male chimp in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda photo ©Asha Tanna 2012

Into The Abyss

May 13, 2017

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“The Martini Effect” sounds like a condition coined by the writers of Sex And The City for single bar-hopping women. It’s not. Neither is “being Narc’d” a term used by skateboarders in baggy Carhartt pants. And “The Rapture of the Deep” is definitely not a z-list movie shown on Channel 5 on Sunday afternoons before […]

Under Pressure

May 3, 2017

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The pain started as a tight squeeze on the bridge of my nose. I lifted my face upwards looking at the sunlight shining through the water and exhaled hard. The corners of my mask clamped down onto my face as water and air were forced out of the bottom. The pressure eased momentarily, but as […]

The Pool is Open

April 24, 2017

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It’s been almost two weeks since my bags and myself were weighed at Nadi airport before I boarded the tiny plane to SavuSavu. As it soared over the turquoise blue landscape I was filled with excitement about plunging back into the warm water for the next ten weeks. The Drummer (my new flatmate/manager of the […]

Australia 

April 10, 2017

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From the moment the plane touched down in Australia the heavens opened. My first two weeks in Sydney were soggy to say the least. The city saw unprecedented rainfall throughout March and all my friends blamed me for bringing the British weather with me. Typical. Everyone needs a scapegoat. I was wearing waterproof trousers in […]

Taking The Plunge

March 5, 2017

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Relief was the biggest emotion I felt the day I left Caqalai Island. As I clambered into the boat to take me onto the next leg of my journey I had several options of what to do next but no firm plans. Do I leave Fiji altogether go straight to Nadi catch a flight to […]

Trouble in Paradise

March 1, 2017

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The honeymoon period lasted just four weeks. I was under no illusion that the next six months wouldn’t be hard work; but I hadn’t anticipated just how bloody difficult it was going to be dealing with people voluntarily exiled on an island too small for big egos. Then there was the disorganisation and chaotic management; […]

Kiwi Delight

January 10, 2017

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I’m sat on a flight from Queenstown to Auckland en route to Fiji with a huge smile on my face. It’s 0545 and I’ve not slept a wink. I’m hungover as hell, and severely dehydrated after doing an all-nighter with a cute British barman I met. Plum wine, sake, Japanese whiskey and cab sav. Yup […]