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From Farm to Factory: the Truth Behind Cuban Cigars

The first cigar I ever smoked was when I was studying abroad in Florence. My friend Kath had been given one as a present: we lit it up along with a lot of giggling, took turns with a puff each – and suddenly I felt horribly sick. No one had ever told me not to […]

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Don Elias and the Coffee Culture of Colombia

I've been battling an obsession with coffee for a long time. Despite adoring the taste, the caffeine buzz, and the resulting burst of productivity, coffee also makes my skin break out, gives me the shakes occasionally, and sometimes causes a buzz that's a bit too much for me to handle. So after a few too […]

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Hey Tarija, Where’s the Wine?!

When you think of wine and South America, Bolivia doesn't immediately spring to mind. The country isn't exactly famed for its wining and dining expertise – unless you head to Tarija, a small, relatively unknown city in the south of the country that is home to the vast majority of Bolivia's vineyards. And at an […]

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Community, Compromise and Hard Work: Back to Basics in the Brazilian Jungle

The late afternoon sun was strong as I clambered across the gleaming white peaks of the kitchen hut roof, paintbrush in hand. It already looked like I was standing on top of a giant meringue, and things were only going to get whiter. Two coats down and I was starting on a third when I […]

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Modern Day Life in the Amazon Jungle

“We’ve seen more of the world in one day than she has in her whole life,” said Sam, disbelievingly, as we trudged back through the humid Amazon jungle. We’d been out on a day’s hike to reach a secluded waterfall, and the young Ecuadorian girl skipping along beside us had acted as our guide for […]

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Red, Yellow, Pink and Green: Teaching Songs at School

Mama is watching the hole for red ants, chewing on a lump of betel nut. She bends down to try a lift a log, buried upright, deep in the ground. She is 67, worn to the colour of mahogany, and the log, only 17 years her junior, used to be a buffalo’s yoke. She and […]

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Snakes, Scorpions, and Permaculture Farms

I arrived in Thailand at 7am after 12 hours in transit from India, via a brief stint in Colombo’s departure gate corridors, which offered me some very welcomed free wifi. As my taxi drove along the highway towards Bangkok, I marvelled at the cleanliness of everything. But something was a tad confusing. Where were the […]

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