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Discovering Hope in the Bleakness of Winter – Riga, Latvia

It’s an icy January morning. I’ve just stumbled out of Riga International Airport after a 6AM flight, and I’m trudging through the exhaust-stained slush on my way to the bus station. Which is worse, the dry burn in my throat from the cold I developed overnight or the harsh sting on my face from the ferocious winter wind? My heavy backpack weighs down on my exhausted body, my soaked Nikes cling mercilessly to my frozen feet, my tired eyes blink hysterically to avoid the horizontally blowing snow, and I am miserable. How did I end up in this situation?...

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Who Let The Wild Dogs Out?

The Wild Dogs on Parade I stand at the edge of the mighty Zambezi River about forty kilometers upstream from the majestic Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the border. The ‘boutique’ Matetsi game Lodge hosts me. The lodge perched as it is on a small rise overlooking this rather languid reach of the river. I have chosen this part of the country as it is actually at the confluence of three countries, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana who, by mutual consent have erected no border fences, allowing free range to the animals that use this route on their annual migration. On Safari An hour later I am with my guide Clever (and he was indeed clever!) and our intrepid spotter Gordon making our way across a large stretch of the savannah towards a favourite watering hole. As we approach, Gordon signals from his elevated seat, which stretches a couple of meters out from the front of the vehicle, for us to stop. From a patch of low scrub a pack of the meanest, mangiest creatures one can ever hope to encounter, looking for the entire world like a horde of mercenaries out for a night of mischief and pillage, emerges. These are Africa’s canine soldiers, the wild dogs of the plains. Gordon is like an excited child on Christmas morning, as this pack has not been sighted in...

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Sunrise on the Holy Ganges

Along the Ganges River The Holy Ganges The sun seemingly rose out of and above the holy Ganges river until it hung large and low in the sky. It glittered and reflected long, yellow strands on the water and casted a mellow, dewy glow over the the ghats. The misty morning air filled with the aroma of sandalwood and jasmine flowers. The ghats erupted into a riot of colour and activity. Varanasi, also called Kashi (city of life), is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is a holy city for Hindus and pilgrims who...

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Vienna beyond Schönbrunn Palace

Around Vienna The Vienna morning with a viewA sudden wave of restlessness gripped me as I stood atop the north tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna looking at the sprawling city stretched out in all directions. There was no way I could do justice to this place in less than a day – precisely the time I had since leaving the cruise ship a couple of hours earlier and before returning to it later that night. I and my husband had spent a couple of days in Budapest before we set sail along the Danube, but Vienna was...

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1,237 Steps – The Tiger Cave Temple

Visiting The Tiger Cave Temple Tinglish Communication The thick air of Southern Thailand tugs at my ineptly tied sarong as I wait for the bus to take me to the Tiger Cave Temple, also known as the Tiger Temple*. The wind, yet again, frees my sarong from its knot and my legs are left bare, clad only in my running shorts, scandalous attire for the socially conservative country of Thailand. Where is the bus? I have been waiting on the side of the road at an unmarked bus station where my partner said the microbuses to the temple normally...

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The Coast of Cornwall – UK

Turquoise seas and sunny days in Cornwall are not the first things that spring to mind when talking about the UK, known the world over for its rainy days and grey clouds. However, this is exactly what I got when I went to England’s most southern tip of Cornwall. I spent four days hiking in different places across the county, and each had its own character and beauty. Ancient Woodlands of Cornwall On my first day I found myself in the depths of ancient woodland. The weather was more of the grey variety this day but it somehow served...

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Oaxaca – It’s All About the Tortillas

Fresh tortillas I like the art galleries, the black pottery, and the cold beer by the zocolo, but for me, the best part about Oaxaca is the tortillas. Finally fulfilling a recurring New Year’s resolution, I took a leave of absence from a demanding job to study Spanish, escaping a bitter winter and a series of ordinary days. I wanted to prop up my fledgling Spanish and feel the throb of life in Mexico. As soon as I stepped off the airplane, I knew I made the right decision. Arriving in Oaxaca The air was warm and dry, the...

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Hiking the Gorges of Karijini National Park

Winter runoff has come to Karijini National Park Winter has come to Karijini National Park. A chilling wind whips across my face as I check into Dales Campground, my home for the next week. The once lovely campsite is a shadow of its former self after a recent bush fire removed all but the hardiest of trees. Such is the way of things here in the Pilbara, a remote section of red rock land in the northwest of Australia. Another blast of unexpectedly icy air cuts through my coat and I wrap my arms tighter around myself. We make...

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