Jenin, Palestine

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Before I went to Palestine, I assumed, just as we as outsiders assume, that I knew what their immediate concerns were. Security. Living conditions. Water Employment. The constant fight of land, history and culture. Something more tangible and of more immediate importance than media-provoked and propagated celebrity scandals, the spectre of … Read More

San Cristobal, The Galapagos Islands

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Five Spanish Lessons from the Galapagos Islands       Leon Marino The león marino was the first animal I saw when I arrived on the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos sea lion. I remember thinking I was surely sleep deluded from three long days of flying and the accompanying jetlag. … Read More

Flowers in Amsterdam

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The flower market is in full swing by the time we get there, and the fragrance, ever-changing and never subtle, overwhelms us. Tulip bouquets waggle in the September breeze. By the Singel Canal, we storm through endless waves of yellow, pink, red, vibrant shades of colour for the growing autumn. … Read More

Dune 45, Namibia

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September, 2014: Half way through the night we rise and pack up our camp beds by torch light, pausing to boil some water for tea before we’re traveling back across sand and dirt again. We drive on one straight road for hours, with only the landscape changing around us to hint we were … Read More

Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, Namibia

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September, 2014: Our second climb of the day will be much longer and hotter than the first. I tumble out of the sand truck onto the hard ground, dirt and grit. The brilliant blue skies and pink sands rise in every direction around us, and we spiral around on the … Read More

Niagara Falls, and Not Researching

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December, 2013: It was another hare-brained plan of mine, I realised, looking at the cold sheen of silent suburban houses rush by outside. Booking a plane ticket before realising my airport was over a day’s worth of travel from the destination I needed to be. In the UK, that’s the … Read More

The Coldest Night

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December, 2009: We turn up in the Norwegian town long after bedtime, as the snow is just finishing. Tent poles are peering out of our small bags, and we look around at the darkened buildings dotted here and there. Sometime in the last half an hour of our journey, exhilaration … Read More

In Search of the Tiger

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  November, 2010: There was an eerie silence in the wintry Russian air as we slowly assembled on the side of the empty road, jostling and peering over each other’s heads at Olga. She stood quietly, waiting for our whispers to die down. She was our translator for this second day … Read More

Hverfjall, Iceland

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We had been watching it on the horizon for a while, and we still weren’t sure what it was. Driving through this deserted Icelandic plain, littered with basaltic lava pillars, rubble and moss, the object had not grown steadily from the horizon. Instead, it had suddenly caught our attention, like … Read More

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