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Up in the mountains of Macedonia’s Mavrovo National Park a local woman from Janche stretches out dough over the length of a table to make a traditional pita pie at Hotel Tutto.  Macko, a young beekeeper dressed in Curious George yellow in Dihovo, southwestern Macedonia, counts the number of times he’s been stung over the course of […]

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  • Oh wow. Your photos and words have totally drawn me in. Fantastic write-up Jo!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Charlotte, it’s such a fascinating country and I was so happy to meet & learn from the locals!ReplyCancel

  • Your writing is amazing! What a lovely trip.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Aw thanks! It was such an eye opener into the culture and cuisine 🙂ReplyCancel

  • I loved reading and seeing Macedonian tradition and culture through your eyes. So good to know about the direct flights from London too. Thanks for putting this beautiful country on my radar! xoReplyCancel

  • Love Macedonia, lived there for more than three years, visit often an forever in love with the people, places and food!

    Great article and photos.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Must have been such a great experience living there!ReplyCancel

Last Friday morning, when the EU referendum results shocked the world, I woke up in a country remarkably different to the one I slept in the night before. Mark had already rushed off to work to deal with the tumbling financial market and I was left to stare at the news in complete disbelief and […]

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  • Oh Jo… it breaks my heart on so many levels. Our dear expat friends have made London the magical place it has been since I moved here. I can’t even put into words how much I wish it will stay that way… and I don’t want those British idiosyncrasies to change either…ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      At this point I just hope there’s a lesson to be learned here for the States!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki

    I feel you, Jo. I was trying to convince David to move to the UK for a few years if Trump gets elected, but now I’m not so convinced it would be much better 🙁 Do you think it makes any difference (in terms of how you are treated) due to the fact that you’re married to a Brit?ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I’ve always felt like an outsider as an expat but have never been treated differently/poorly which speaks to how inclusive a city London is rather than the fact that I’m married to a Brit. I know I get to stay because of that though!ReplyCancel

  • It doesn’t feel quite right to say I love this post, but you’ve said so well what I as an fellow American ex-pat (albeit here for nearly 30 years) also feels. Such unsettling times, but history shows worse in the past. So, whatever happens, I am firmly on the side of hope. It’s just unfortunate that the hateful, racists get the most media attention. I do hope they get drowned out by kindness and civility from the majority. All best to you xxReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks for your kind words Kellie! It feels we’ve set ourselves back a few decades but you’re right we can’t lose hope! xReplyCancel

  • Hi Jo! I’m still in shock and I don’t even live in UK… But I was born in Spain to a half Italian half Spanish family. I studied in England, Scotland and Germany, I live now in Germany but every time I can I travel to another European country for the weekend. My best friends live in London… I’m as European as it gets! So those results felt like a bolt out of the blue. I didn’t expect them to be honest. But then I thought: all the people I follow on social media, the newspapers I read, the world around me (friends, family, coworkers) shares my values and that made me unaware of the other people that doesn’t think like me. And we have to listen to them too! Because if we listen carefully we can answer back, otherwise we just ignore them thinking that the world is going in a good direction when clearly it isn’t. Education is key! And after the elections in my country (with a terrible, scary result) I’m terribly worried about USA…ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Totally agree! It even more clear now that people are frustrated and afraid but I don’t believe what they voted for actually alleviates any of their concerns 🙁ReplyCancel

  • well said! alas, the consequences will be shown soon. sad days ahead for the UK and the EU.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      For now, let’s just hope someone with a good head on their shoulders can step up to the plate and lead!ReplyCancel

What am I doing out here?! It’s dark out, even the stars were tucked away behind a brick wall of clouds overhead. My kayak partner and I continued to zig zag across the Hauraki Gulf towards Auckland one stroke at a time. Logan, our fearless Auckland Sea Kayaks tour leader, forged ahead to lead the way while in another kayak, […]

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  • Kerri

    Gorgeous pics! Sounds like an awesome trip. New Zealand is on my list of must sees.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I hope you get to visit soon and get a chance on the kayak 😉ReplyCancel

  • The video is great and really gives the feeling of how amazing the trip was!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, amazing view!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It’s beautiful out there 🙂ReplyCancel

It’s publication day and the nutty nose of ghee was alive in my kitchen at 7am. In between frying bread in clarified butter for that morning’s indulgent breakfast – saffron bread pudding – I danced along to the sizzle of ghee with the cookbook containing that recipe among a hundred others along with over 75 food […]

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  • Congratulations! I’m so excited for you, and happy that there will be another book to come! Can’t wait to celebrate with you soon!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Julie, I can’t wait to get started!ReplyCancel

  • Massive congrats Jo! I’m so, so, so happy for you and I had not doubt this day will come. You worked so hard for it, it’s now time to enjoy it. I wish I was there to buy you a drink, but I’m not.. So go out and get one on me when you can! xxxReplyCancel

  • Huge congratulations Jo – on both counts! I love the images in the first book. You and Sumayya make a great team 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That means a lot coming from you Jeanne, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • The book is beautiful, and I’m so proud of you for your first (of many) releases. What a journey lies ahead, you deserve every minute of it! Your work is beautiful xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was such a rewarding experience 🙂 Thanks for being a great hand model!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! That’s wonderful news!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks for your support Angie! xReplyCancel

  • Congratulations! Those pictures make me want to eat… that’s the best compliment I can think of! 😉
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.comReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      That really is the best compliment I can have, thank you! xReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Congratulations on an amazing job well done! You are so talented! You are deserving of all great things that come your way.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      You’re one of my best supporters, thanks so much Liz!!ReplyCancel

I am the biggest chicken alive. So how is it that I found myself launched out of a small plane 16,000 feet above the Bay of Islands in New Zealand? In partnership with Tourism New Zealand I spent the last week touring the northern part of the country’s North Island along with 3 other online journalists […]

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  • Wow, this is f***ing amazing! Well done partner, you are a hero! I so want to do this too! 🙂 I loved how happy you looked as you were approaching the land.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was the most surreal experience! And really my mouth was open the whole time from awe.ReplyCancel

  • Well done! I managed to be convinced to do a 14,000ft skydive in Australia when I went travelling and I was so surprised how much I enjoyed it! I don’t even like roller coasters.

    You’re so right about the jump height, the longer the free fall and the more time to take in the view the better!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Same here, I can’t handle roller coasters or really anything with speed! Your view in Australia must have been amazing.ReplyCancel

  • So brave! That is one thing I really could never do!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      You never know! I thought the same for me up until a week ago 😉ReplyCancel

  • Ahhh this is incredible! Loved the video 😀ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Haha, the whole time they were trying to get me to look at the camera but I was too fixated on the views.ReplyCancel

  • I still can’t believe you actually did this!!
    Video is amazing, but had sweaty palms just watching it 🙂ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Haha, me too! The part where we had to rock back and forth to launch out of the plane still freaks me out but it’s such an incredible feeling!ReplyCancel

  • No words – you are one brave lady!!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Ha! That’s not the descriptive word my mom would use but I’m so glad I did it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Wow, I admire your bravery! Great job on keeping your eyes open during the freefall! Despite only being 75 seconds. Love the video 😀ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! That’s probably that part I was most proud of 🙂ReplyCancel

What do you do when you get an invitation to a day at the Ascot racecourse for the Royal Ascot fine dining preview launch headlined by two Michelin star chefs Raymond Blanc and Phil Howard? Start shopping for the fanciest hat you can afford of course. That is until I realized smart casual is the dress code for premier […]

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The concept of black and white must seem absurd for an island like Burano. There is no escaping the reach of colors in varying shades and intensity, not that I was looking to; here in Burano, roughly a 30 minute water taxi ride from Venice, it’s all part of the appeal.  A few weekends ago, in the doldrums of a […]

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  • Nice, did you shoot the Video with the Sony or Canon?ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      This video was shot with the Canon. I tried shooting with the Sony in Geneva with not the best results but I think primarily due to user error ReplyCancel

  • You did a great job! Watching your video is so relaxing, I really like the music.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! I find picking out the music to match the mood of the video one of the hardest things but really like this one too.ReplyCancel

  • WOW! That place looks incredible and seems as though you had the whole place to yourself.

    The video is awesome and it makes such a useful tool to look back at in the future.

    Nat | DignifiableReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      The island was pretty empty on a Sunday which made for a really pleasurable photowalk 🙂ReplyCancel

  • joi

    love this a lot jo!!! absolutely beautiful photos and good writing as always. and that video!! LOVE IT!! more please!! 🙂 xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Joi! Hope to post more soon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely trip. Its been far too long since I went to Venice. I hope you found the trip useful – photos are so vivid and inviting! I’m impressed with your video editing skills.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Video editing took ages but I hope it’ll just get easier with practice. Hope you get to visit Venice soon, I already am aching to go back!ReplyCancel

  • Alpana

    I’ve just caught up with this Jo and I love it! Great selection of photos, charming video and they all brought back sweet memories. You’ve also inspired me to rethink how I take photos, thank you.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was such a pleasure to be your psuedo roommate in a Venetian palazzo 🙂ReplyCancel