World Travellers: The Amazing Marawa, Globetrotting Hula Hoop Expert

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World Travellers – The Amazing Marawa, a hula hoop expert who travels the globe with a passion!

I’m delighted to introduce a world traveller with a special talent today! You have to meet and embrace people like the Amazing Marawa. This lady who hails from Melbourne has travelled the world being a hula hoop expert. I met her in Pyongyang, North Korea of all places, while on tour with YPT the best North Korea travel company. Not only did Marawa enjoy some drinks with Panny (my girlfriend) and I, but she trained us up on hula hoops and we sang karaoke together! Over to you, Marawa!

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World Travellers: In Pyongyang with the Amazing Marawa.

Who are you?

Marawa, a professional Hoola Hooper.

Where are you from?

Melbourne, Australia

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World Travellers – The Amazing Marawa meet a North Korean kid!

Where have you been?

All over the place! (this includes places like Somalia and North Korea – check her site and see where she might end up next!)

Where are you now?

London, England

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The Amazing Marawa the hooping star lights up the Three Charters Monument in North Korea!

What are the top 3 places you’ve visited?

1. North Korea

2. Hargeysia, Somalia

3. Papua New Guinea

What is the best travel experience you’ve had?

Successfully buying a bike and registering it in Japan because I had a broken foot – you cant have a bike unless its registered but somehow the address I made up and ID worked. So then I rode all over the place for 2 weeks yeah!

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World Travellers – The Amazing Marawa in Beijing, China.

What is the worst travel experience you’ve had?

Food poisoning in Porto. I say no more.

What is the funniest travel experience you’ve had?

Driving in vegas – it thankfully wasnt funny for too long – once i worked out what side of the road I was meant to be on..

What is the scariest travel experience you’ve had?

Being lost at night. its happened in a few countries! thats always one to avoid.

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World Travellers – The Amazing Marawa and another travel buddy of mine (Robert from Ireland).

What is the most random job you have had on your travels?

Does hooping still count? (Ed – of course)

How do you fund your travels?

Work – either I am travelling for shows, or If I want to go somewhere I use the money from the shows.

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World Travellers – The Amazing Marawa gets ready to leap near Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.

What 3 tips would you give a new traveller before they set off on their adventure?

Pack less.

Have a good selection of medicine, oral rehydration, bandaids etc packed and ready

Comfortable shoes

What are your future travel plans?

Paris, Mexico and maybe Columbia by the end of the year!

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World Travellers – The Amazing Marawa jumping in front of the Juche Tower in North Korea.

Facts about the Amazing Marawa

  • Marawa can hoop 133 hoops at the same time!
  • She has performed in Palaces for Royalty, on tv for millions and for the cool kids of Paris at David Lynch’s club Silencio.
  • She has performed and taught hoops on almost every continent.
  • She has starred in a spontaneous show in a park in Pyongyang, North Korea
  • She has sang karaoke with Jonny from Don’t Stop Living
  • She played Josephine Baker in New York for 6 months to rave reviews.
  • She works on projects with brands and organisations to inject some fun and activity into their communities.

Links (website, twitter, facebook)


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Videos of the Amazing Marawa in Pyongyang, North Korea:

Thanks to The Amazing Marawa for being the latest in my series of World Travellers! If you travel the world and run a travel blog or are a travel writer, please get in touch, you can be featured (there’s a HUGE waiting list at present), either e-mail jonny (at) dontstopliving (dot) net or head to my contacts page and get connected! You can also subscribe to Don’t Stop Living by filling in the form below! Safe travels!

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