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World at a Glance: Lake Malawi

Reminiscing a bit today, as I’ve dug out yet another batch of old photos from the pre-digital age. Lake Malawi today, folks – where I had ended up on a whim, really. Whims are how my travels roll. I was at the tail end of several weeks of rather aimless traipsing around southern Africa. The […]

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Insider Guide to Marrakech

Friends! This week, we have a guest blogger here on Sophie’s World. Marrakech in high on my wish list; maybe it’s on yours, as well? Local girl, Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki of Maroc Mama, gives us the lowdown on the fascinating North African city in this Marrakech insider guide. Read on. Eleven years ago, when I first landed in […]

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Silent Sunday: Street scene, Manzini, Swaziland

The quality and style of this photo might indicate it’s ancient, much as my good self, like from the 1960s. But no, it’s simply a scanned version of a slide (remember those?) from the very last bits of the 20th century. I’ve been playing with a new pocket-sized scanner that promises to transform old slides […]

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Silent Retro Sunday: Gritty street scene, Curepipe Mauritius, 1995

Gritty street scene, Curepipe Mauritius, 1995

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Zanzibar and the senses

Wandering around Zanzibar as I arrived, fresh from the Dar ferry on a tropical March afternoon, my first thought – and my last when I left a week later, as it turned out – was that this enchanted African island speaks to all our five senses. Here’s what I mean: sight : the sun setting […]

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Help protect #JustOneRhino – and win fab prizes

Here at Sophie’s World we’re passionate about animal welfare. It’s perhaps genetic: apart from the family and very close friends, our mum/grandmum generally preferred animals to people. The rest of us aren’t quite that extreme, at least not yet. Alexandra is a vegetarian solely for animal welfare reasons, none of us use cosmetics from companies […]

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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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