“Shoot­ing polo in the com­pany of a ma­haraja was a dream as­sign­ment for me, mix­ing style, his­tory, leg­end, and sport in the fa­bled Blue City of Ra­jasthan,” says pho­tog­ra­pher David Dob­son of his visit to Jodh­pur last De­cem­ber. “Full­force tour­na­ments, din­ner par­ties in palaces and desert camps, fan­tas­tic Ra­jasthani hos­pi­tal­ity by one of the friendli­est roy­als you’re likely to meet ... Who could ask for more? Page 114. When he’s not at his desk man­ag­ing the The Phuket News, Si­mon Ostheimer can be found ex­plor­ing the nooks and cran­nies of his adopted is­land home, and won­der­ing why he didn’t leave big-city life be­hind much ear­lier. “Be­yond its ‘par­adise is­land’ fa­cade, Phuket has a rich ta­pes­try of cul­ture and char­ac­ters that I find im­mensely re­ward­ing,” he says. Page 88. “I have been go­ing to Rio ev­ery year since 2008, not long af­ter I first met my friend Zeca Ca­margo, the charm­ing pre­sen­ter of a pop­u­lar Globo Sun­day TV show,” says Bangkok-based writer Robert Turn­bull. “Hav­ing a fa­mous Brazil­ian to pro­tect me dur­ing my first Car­ni­val helped ce­ment my love for the city. If noth­ing else, Rio is an in­tensely cul­tured and so­phis­ti­cated place.” Page 106.

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