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    This Cove has a happy ending

    by  • October 8, 2013 • Europe, Travel • 0 Comments

    Secret camping in Corsica

      With warm sand pushing up between my toes, I strapped a pop-up tent to my back, took six baguettes into my arms, turned and walked into the sea. It wasn’t the most conventional way to get to accommodation, but this hadn’t been the most conventional trip. It was our third day on the...

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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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    Winter’s bad enough WITH the sun

    by  • May 13, 2013 • Awesome, Shorter, Travel • 0 Comments

    Last Antarctic sunset: credit ESA

    We thought we had it bad. The crews wintering in Antarctica this year just watched the sun disappear for three months. “The night brings darkness, promising a blackness to put fear in us, but also supplying a great spectacle – the stars, the Milky Way and something even more amazing”, crew member Antonio Litterio...

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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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    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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