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    Mt Kinabalu – find the inspiration

    by  • October 6, 2013 • Asia, Longer, Travel • 0 Comments

    Climbing Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

    Ever imagined yourself climbing a mountain in Borneo? No? Why not?  Weeks of  preparation and excitement had led to this: today was the today I would climb Mount Kinabalu. And,  glimpsing the majestic peak for the first time in its beautifully luscious setting of Kinabalu National Park in the (Malaysian) Sabah region of Borneo,...

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    The travel urge that won’t go away: Afghanistan

    by  • August 31, 2013 • Featured, Longer, Travel • 4 Comments

    Herat, Afghanistan travel

    I’m going to Australia for three weeks tomorrow. Brilliant! Exciting! Yay! But one of the biggest things about my impending travels I’m looking forward to is my reading material: I’ve just bought a copy of Khaled Hosseini’s And The Mountains Echoed. And Afghan-born Northern California resident Khaled Hosseini is the man at least partially...

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    Slowboat down the Amazon

    by  • May 3, 2013 • Latin America, Longer, Travel • 0 Comments

    On the Amazon river between Iquitos, Peru, and the tri-border with Colombia and Brazil

    Men shout as the huge boat lurches sideways into the riverbank. There is a roar as the engines are rammed into reverse and it shudders away again with a creak, creak, creak, snap. Half a tree is wedged into the railings on the upper deck, dangling pathetically above the chocolatey water. Eager bugs crawl...

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    Christchurch’s new heart

    by  • February 22, 2013 • Art, Australasia, Featured, Longer, News • 0 Comments

    Christchurch earthquake damage

    Among the destruction of Christchurch’s deadly earthquake two years ago, a glimmer of something good. Against expectations, the gentle exodus of young people has slowed since the disaster – and those who remain are cultivating a new, glowing little heart for the crumpled city. In 2010, Christchurch was a pretty garden city in Canterbury,...

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    Want to visit El Paraiso’s temple? First try Caral

    by  • February 15, 2013 • Featured, Latin America, Longer, Travel • 0 Comments

    Have you read about Peru’s latest archeological find at El Paraiso? The area north of Lima is stuffed with enormously significant historical sites – like Caral: ten times as old as Machu Picchu and astonishingly under-visited. A vast temple has been uncovered at the already very impressive El Paraiso, about 40km north of Lima, and it’s...

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    Whitewashing the opposition

    by  • November 25, 2011 • Latin America, Longer, Politics • 0 Comments

    Graffiti in Argentina

      WHEN David Cameron first saw the scrawls across the smooth-skinned, appropriately concerned face of his campaign billboards last year, he probably had a thought or two about graffiti. The oft-parodied and defaced billboards (remember ‘We can’t go on like this, with suspicious minds’?) were, for most Brits, about as contentious as mainstream election...

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