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World at a Glance: A Victorian Mosque in Malaysia

Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque is the state mosque of the state of Johor in southern Malaysia, just across the border from Singapore. Notice how this Islamic house of worship is built, at least partly, in a Victorian English style? There are other influences as well, of course – Moorish, and Malay – but look at […]

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Helsinki by Instagram

Helsinki dear, Last time we met, it was February and the freezing rain was practically horizontal. Brr… Today, things are looking better. Summer seems to be over, it’s a chill in the air – and windy. But the sun has poked through the clouds more than once. That’s not bad for September. Not bad at […]

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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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In retrospect: Birthplace of Christianity in Bethlehem

  In 339 AD, a church was built in Palestine, in the city of Bethlehem. It was built above a cave, where tradition has it, there once was a manger – specifically the manger where the founder of Christianity was born. Church of the Nativity is the most sacred place in all of Christendom. Not […]

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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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Family road trip Wales: Isle of Anglesey

Another Sunday, another segment in our family road trip in Wales. Today, it’s all about Ynys Môn, better known as Isle of Anglesey. (If you’re wondering why Cat looks a tad younger, it’s because this is from our first road trip in Wales, when she was seven.) Immediately after you’ve crossed Pont Britannia from the […]

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Valiant Vilnius

Vilnius might not be the most obvious choice for a girlfriend getaway, but we choose it anyway. My friends, because neither of them has ever been, and I, because I want to see if the city has changed much. I first visited Vilnius in 1992, as part of a curiosity-fueled train-hopping holiday in the Baltics, […]

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