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A Burst of Birds in the British Countryside

“Ooh, look! A partridge!” “… A pheasant, you mean?” Gill looked at me quizzically from the driver’s seat. On the grassy kerb beside my window, the long-tail-feathered bird twitched his bright red head once, twice, and hopped ungainly into the bushes to disappear from view. “You really are a city girl, aren’t you!” She said, […]

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More Than the Big Five: On Safari in South Africa

Our small plane soared over South Africa’s rugged landscape as we flew toward the MalaMala Game Reserve. With the Kruger National Park sprawled out down below, I began to stare into the trees in earnest, on the lookout for a herd of zebras or an elephant stampede. Maybe even the slight evidence of a tussle in the dust to […]

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The Dark Side of the Galapagos

The Galápagos Islands are infamous for their scenery and wildlife. They’re a dream destination for thousands of people around the world who crave the crystal clear waters, the multitudes of colourful fish, the diving and snorkelling opportunities, the bizarre plethora of confident sealions and skittering iguanas, and the chance to sit back and relax on […]

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A Last Minute Galapagos Cruise

“So what do you want to do for your birthday then?” Josh said, as we journeyed across the Ecuadorian countryside on yet another long bus ride. With only a week to go before I turned 26, the options were becoming somewhat limited. And after volunteering in Cuenca for five months last year, I’d been to […]

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Exploring the Strange and Surreal on Bolivia’s Salt Flats

The sky is huge in Bolivia. There's something about the vast amount of blue up there that makes me feel different; like I'm at once an intrinsic part of something, and yet I'm also utterly tiny and insignificant. It's both dangerous and strangely thrilling to think of yourself as nothing more than a speck. The […]

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Snorkelling with Sharks at San Cristóbal

“Tiburones! Tiburones abajo!” My heart sank. Only an hour before, I’d learnt that this was the Spanish word for sharks. Plural. And now I was about to swim over a whole school of them. “Los tiburones están aquí!!” I got the distinct impression our snorkelling guide was about to have a heart attack if I […]

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Six Days for $900: Doing the Galapagos on a Budget

“It’s clearly the cool thing to do here…” Sherri’s voice carried quickly in the early morning Galapagos air; a mother walking her son to school looked back at us over her shoulder. Along the road, cars filled with diving gear and men in board shorts passed by. “Everyone sits on the kerb outside closed up […]

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The Roof Dogs of Quito

Living up in the mountains overlooking Quito – the self-proclaimed ‘middle of nowhere‘ – has been a rather unique education to the smaller pockets of Ecuadorian society. Up here, the houses have names, not addresses; there are more farm animals wandering around than people, and a little yellow school bus driven by Pepe doubles up […]

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