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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 | 7 Comments | ]

“Do you know where you are?” Youssef looks at me expectantly. Oh flip, is he going to leave me in the middle of the kasbah? I know that is where I am, but that doesn’t mean I know how to get back to my hotel. I give him a sheepish look, “No, I don’t.” He just laughs and buys me a cactus fruit that I have been eyeing for the …

[ Written by Annika | 26 Oct 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here when I say that at some point most girls wanted to be a princess. Maybe some of you wanted to be space cowboys or firefighters or rather Wonderwoman, but I’d guess princess was on the what to be when I grow up list for a majority. At least it was on mine until I actually did grow up, looked at …

[ Written by Annika | 19 Oct 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

In a hammam the Moroccans not only say goodbye to dirt and dry skin, but the inhibitions of everyday life outside. Sounds like an oasis of peace, soap bubbles and relaxation? Not quite – you literally need to have a thick skin there!

“Watch out, watch out”, a man with a turquoise hood tries to find his way through the narrow streets. He’s sitting on a donkey that carries a trailer …

[ Written by guest | 19 Sep 2014 | 10 Comments | ]

“I really admire how you can walk in heels on these streets”, I say to Isabelle while I try to catch up to her on the crumbling sidewalks of Essaouira. Isabelle is the owner of La Maison des Artistes, the riad I am staying at, and is wearing chic Chloé pumps while I am in Havaianas. She turns to me with a somewhat confused look, “Excuse me, I’m from Paris.” …

[ Written by Annika | 11 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

The Serengeti is famous for its endless plains, the rich game life and multiple lodges that offer you a pleasant stay and a good time. A few of these places stand out from the rest and &Beyond Klein’s Camp is certainly one of them. Located just north of the Serengeti National Park it lies close to the border of Kenya and offers its guests a unique experience in a secluded …

[ Written by guest | 3 Sep 2014 | One Comment | ]

Today I’m working from bed. And no, thanks for worrying, but I’m not sick, I’m just traveling and I need to get some stuff done. I think the myth that travel writers frequently work on the beach has been thoroughly debunked – too much sun, sand, and distractions holding a surfboard. However there are some spots that I think excellent for writing while on the road and one of them …

[ Written by Annika | 1 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

From a young age, I’ve always had a deep curiosity for the country of Egypt. A place steeped with such infinite history, exotic legends and myths, strolling camels, rolling deserts, enigmatic pyramids and impressive temples is sure to capture any imagination, and after avidly watching Indiana Jones in my youth, Egypt solidified as a place of beauty and magic for me. During my archaeology degree at university, I revelled in …

[ Written by Sophie | 28 Jul 2014 | 10 Comments | ]

The other day I found the name Lesotho on a list naming countries most people didn’t know that they were even countries. I was surprised to find out that even some seasoned travellers a) don’t know that it is a country b) that it’s not just part of South Africa, and c) that it even exists. That struck me as rather strange, because Lesotho is a big part of my …

[ Written by Annika | 14 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

There are design hotels that amaze with their delightful aesthetics and architectural class and bravery. Then there are luxury hotels that indulge with their elegance, decadence and knock-your-socks-off-then-pick-them-up-and-tidy-them-away excellent service.
Then there is the Selman in Marrakech, which has somehow managed to slot itself into both of these categories, all the while smiling and not offering even a hint of pretentiousness or overdoing the exclusivity.
Plus, they have horses.

I’ll get to the …

[ Written by Frankie | 27 Jun 2014 | 9 Comments | ]
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