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Coxen’s Hole

Ah, Roatan. You probably think of sandy beaches, Caribbean waters blue as blue could be, scuba diving and snorkelling on the gorgeous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. And you’d be right. Then there’s wildlife: iguanas the size of dogs, birds of every imaginable colour, dolphins, sharks, macaws and adorable capuchin monkeys. All the ingredients for a fabulous [...]

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Dublin after dark – mobile theatre

Tired of hanging in Dublin’s pubs? Of course you aren’t. But if for a few hours you want a cool alternative, give the Dublin Ghost Bus Tour a go, a deliciously kitschy journey through Dublin’s dark history. At 9.30 pm on a rainy October evening, I enter the purple double-decker, weaving my way through cobwebs [...]

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Windhoek, a touch of Germany in Africa

My friend Laurel, author of the lovely Monkeys and Mountains, is presently exploring Namibia. I was reminded of my visit in this country in the south-western corner of Africa and inspired to dig out the photo albums. Travellers flock to Namibia to get up close with wildlife, to see Etosha National Park, the Skeleton Coast, [...]

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World at a Glance: Tendaba airport terminal 3

I was on my way from Banjul to the bush camp at Tendaba in a 4×4, a brutally long trip in scorching heat, when we stopped at Tendaba Airport to stretch our legs. The little airport didn’t get much use back then, although the occasional aircraft did use the landing strip; carrying the president and other [...]

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Road trip in Arctic Norway: Spectacular Helgeland – and Mosjøen

This summer, I’ve been roaming about in Norway, with both kids, with one kid, with friends – and on my own. Last week, Cat decided all she wanted for her 12th birthday was to go to yet another horse riding camp. And so I found myself with an unexpected four days of complete freedom, which [...]

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Exploring the Caucasus

Caucasus! The name evokes a sense of complexity, mystery, a bit of tension, danger even… And where is it, exactly? In Europe? Asia? Somewhere in between? Tomorrow I’m delving into a new region of the world. New to me, that is. It’s a region I’ve been drawn to for quite some time, so I’m very [...]

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Republika Srpska: Pretty Trebinje

Are you old enough to remember the Balkan wars of the 1990s? The feeling of horror that such a thing could happen in Europe yet again, less than 50 years after the last war on the continent? Seems we never learn. As a result of the Dayton Accords of 1995, war-town Bosnia & Herzegovina was [...]

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