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The magic of Zanzibar’s Stone Town

Zanzibar is one of those really wonderful names, isn’t it? Like Samarkand. Or Esfahan. Or Babylon. Every syllable promises adventure. Earlier this year, I took the ferry from Dar es Salaam across to Zanzibar, meaning to a have look around and perhaps stay the night. One week later, I found myself still on the island. […]

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Silent Sunday: Pastel pots at Slipway in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Bright pastel pots at Slipway Dar es Salaam in Tanzania

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World at a Glance: Great Zimbabwe

I had 4-5 hours to kill in Masvingo once, waiting for the last bus to Harare. Must have been 16 years ago. So I did what I often do when I’m short on time: I asked a taxi driver if there was anything interesting to see. A slightly dubious practice, I know, and certainly one […]

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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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