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World at a Glance: While we’re waiting for Nobel…

Four Nobel Peace Prize recipients hail from South Africa. That’s quite an impressive number; only six countries have more. At Nobel Square on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, you’ll find Nelson Mandela along with South Africa’s three other laureates.

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Silent Sunday: African penguins in the water pipes at Simon’s Town

African penguins coming out of the water pipes in Simon’s Town, South Africa

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Silent Retro Sunday: Girls drying fish – Diouloulou River in Casamance, Senegal

Girls drying fish, Diouloulou River in Casamance, Senegal

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Silent Sunday: Trou aux Cerfs volcano, Mauritius

The dormant volcano Trou aux Cerfs near Curepipe, Mauritius

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Counting cats in Zanzibar

You’ll see many cats in Zanzibar; cats are everywhere. They won’t bother you, they won’t beg for scraps of food, they are not importunate. But then cats rarely are, are they… Instead, Zanzibari cats proved to be excellent motifs for the camera and very worthy subjects for our little Cats of the World series here [...]

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Coco de Mer: a sexy nut in paradise

Here at Sophie’s World, we love exploring the world’s curious places. Today, I thought I’d share a different kind of curiosity Alex and I encountered in the Seychelles some years ago, a botanical curiosity. On the island of Praslin is a beautiful nature reserve called Vallée de Mai (May Valley). Not only is this valley [...]

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Dar es Salaam by Instagram

I’ve just returned from an all too quick visit to Tanzania. Though I was mostly on the deliciously spicy (in every sense) island of Zanzibar, I managed to get a look at دار السلام as well. A look at where, you ask? Why, the Haven of Peace, of course. Or Dar es Salaam, as it’s [...]

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