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You hear so much about African countries that have exciting things on offer: Morocco for the maze in the medina and its snake charmers, Egypt for the Pyramids and sand dunes, or Tanzania for the jeep safaris and paradise islands; to name but a few. Zimbabwe on the other hand – what would be your number one reason to go?
I personally had no desire to visit; in fact, I had …

[ Written by guest | 14 Dec 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Sligo is a thriving city of with a culture of adventure, food and the arts. Disclaimer – my family lives in Sligo, which has changed so much in the years since we first moved there in 1995 – I remember my first impression of Sligo as a grey town, nearly 20 years ago now. Sligo has changed its tune however to become a vibrant hub of creative community, young creative …

[ Written by guest | 11 Dec 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

For years, photographers have been drawn to Namibia’s northwest – to a community living among the majestic Makalani palms at Palmfontein: the Himba. They invite visitors to see how they live and learn about their proud and ancient culture. From skin care to clothing and perfume, many Himba continue traditional practices that have remained unchanged for generations. Yet, they are becoming familiar with modern lifestyles through the visitors. They are …

[ Written by guest | 9 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | ]

Landing in Iceland, my first thoughts were ‘it’s actually not that cold!’ It was a fairly dark morning in November, and I was heading for the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik. I had my down jacket, wooly jumper and super warm socks on, ready for the freezing temperature. I hadn’t expect how warm it was and was still wondering as we boarded the airport bus into town.
We headed through the Lava …

[ Written by guest | 6 Dec 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

Have you heard about Chicago? Well, who hasn’t – from its immigration days, music heritage, and political bosses to Route 66 and Jack Kerouac’s tales, The Blues Brothers, to Michael Jordan, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off… Chicago is an integral part of American culture. And yet, I had never been to the Windy City - so named mainly for its weather, maybe also a little for its politicians…
This past week, my preconceptions of Chicago …

[ Written by guest | 1 Dec 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

When I first booked my trip to work a few months in a hospital in southern Malawi, my friends and family could not be convinced of the idea to visit me. Political and social crises, the fact that it’s landlocked and hard to reach, the lack of famous national parks and simply not knowing anything about the country made it hard to get them excited. All I knew myself was that …

[ Written by guest | 19 Nov 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

I had never been to Dublin before, but had a lot of associations with the capital on Ireland: Guinness, the green of Saint Patrick and fun people who like to party. Luckily I found all of this and even more when I recently visited for the first time. I had friends to show me around, but if you arrive in Dublin clueless and without plan, maybe this list of 10 awesome …

[ Written by guest | 13 Nov 2014 | 16 Comments | ]

San Francisco is many different things to many different people. And some of those people have been there for a long time, baking bread since the late 19th century, opening clubs in Depression era 1930′s, erm, fighting battles and such. As I had a whirlwind 48 hours to spend in San Francisco, I knew I would only be scratching the surface of what the city has to offer. However, this took …

[ Written by guest | 28 Oct 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Israel is different. This is probably the most adequate phrase to begin the summary of my one-week trip to this tiny but oh-so-fascinating country.

Different in what way, you’re asking? For starters, different in terms of culture, obviously. One of the most peculiar things I experienced was Shabbat, which is the Jewish day of rest and lasts from sundown on Friday till sundown on Saturday. And trust me, when they say “day of …

[ Written by guest | 24 Oct 2014 | 19 Comments | ]

Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a complex holiday full of colour, morbid humour, deep sentimentality, celebration, and heartache. On the eves of November 1 and 2, the dead are welcomed with open arms into the land of the living. Not only are the dearly departed invited back, but they are the guests of honor.
In preparation, and to entice them to the party, treat-laden altars are beautifully created with the favourite …

[ Written by guest | 21 Oct 2014 | 5 Comments | ]