Scratching his Head and trying to figure me out - Monkeys in Costa Rica

Monkeys in Costa Rica – Is this Monkey a Psychologist?

Day 5 of my Costa Rican trip and I had yet to see a monkey. I was pretty disappointed… I had heard so much about the monkeys!  We had a rainforest hike scheduled and I was convinced that today was the day! Throughout the hike, the monkeys taunted me with their howling but I still couldn’t see them. As we neared the end of the hike on a hanging bridge, I started to accept that an animal encounter wasn’t in the cards. Then there they were…a large branch with several monkeys hung over us. They were chasing each other, jumping

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Lanquín, Guatemala: Home to the Sacred Waters of Semuc Champey
Lanquín, Guatemala

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Lanquín, Guatemala: Home to the Sacred Waters of Semuc Champey

We arrived in Lanquín, Guatemala after being packed like sardines on an 8-hour bus trip from Tikal. The scent of burnt foliage from the ubiquitous slash-and-burn stung our noses as we exited the bus onto the orange mud road that had led us into the depths of the Mayan jungle. We’d come for Semuc Champey (Mayan for Sacred Waters). The clear turquoise lagoon flows from an underground cave in the middle of the jungle, beckoning visitors to bathe with the fish. Colorfully-clad Maya sat at the water’s edge, observing us with reluctant fascination as we graciously explored their sacred oasis.

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Off the beaten path in Baños, Ecuador
Baños, Ecuador

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Off the beaten path in Baños – My Maybe Drug Experience in Ecuador

I woke at 5.30am to get to Baños and took a 10 hour bus on a bendy road through the Ecuadorian countryside. I was tired, hot, and uncomfortable. On the next bus I was nearly falling asleep as I bought a bag of chopped mango from a trader onboard before we set off. Only when she left the bus did I notice the little bag of fine white powder nestled amongst the mango slices. I’ll never know if it was cocaine or simply icing sugar but I’ve heard horror stories of tourists having drugs planted on them. Feeling exhausted, I

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Ticking of the bucket list: Cage-diving with Great Whites
Cape Town, South Africa

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Ticking of the bucket list: Cage-diving with Great Whites

So, this is a sneak preview of my old Bucket List: – 14. Learn how to swim – 15. Go cage diving with Great Whites And then one day in November 2014 I said: “Sign me up for the cage diving with great white sharks, please”, ok so I may have skipped a step with learning to swim, but really how essential was it to know how to swim when going cage diving with Great Whites? After attending an amazing International Civil Society Week in Johannesburg, South Africa, I jumped at the chance of taking a two day trip to

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23 Fun Things To Do In Barcelona

23 Fun Things To Do In Barcelona + Extras

Barcelona has its beach, its mountains, its amazing architecture, and of course plenty of fun things to do. If you are looking for some fun experiences around the city, here we created a list of things you can do to enjoy the Mediterranean pearl. Additionally, we had a deep research ... read more

Stumbling across Live Piano Music in Matanzas, Cuba
Matanzas, Cuba

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Stumbling across Live Piano Music in Matanzas, Cuba

There is always noise in Cuba. In the countryside cockerels crow and dogs bark, in cities drivers honk their horns and reggaeton blasts from the bicitaxis. Strolling through the busy streets of Matanzas, I glimpsed the sparking of sun on the surface of water and I went to the bay hoping for quiet. The noise of the car engines seemed to die down as beautiful piano music drifted out of an open window. I laid on the wall, closed my eyes, basked in the afternoon sun to the wonderful sound, and said to myself again that I love this country.

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Danger and Fear Climbing the Italian Dolomites Mountain
Dolomite Mountains, Canazei, Trentino, Italien

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Danger and Fear Climbing the Italian Dolomites Mountain

Having experienced many exposed and challenging Via Ferrata, I thought my rational fear had subsided over time. That was until me and my friends had to cross an icy bridge that was completely open to the elements. Without the usual pseudo protection of my carabiner clips and iron wire, I suddenly felt extremely at risk. Either side of the foot-wide ice-crossing were drops that had no bottom and considering we were climbing on a mountain that stood over 2000m tall, my guess is that if I had slipped, I would not be re-telling this story today. If I learnt only

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Flattering Disasters in Paris - Kissing in France?

Flattering Disasters in Paris – Kissing in France?

Before exploring the city of love, I wandered into a nearby park to enjoy some long-awaited down time. Unbeknownst to me, my blissful repose would be cut short by a disheveled meandering charmer. He made his way over, sat down, and began his flirtations, selectively oblivious to the fact that I was deep in that whole writing alone thing.  No matter, within minutes he somehow managed to kiss my hand, write his number in my journal, and propose that “all French and Americans kiss on the lips.”  With swift persistence, I joked my way on out of there oddly curious about

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Unexpected Kindness from a Stranger in Bruges

Unexpected Kindness from a Stranger in Bruges

I arrived in Bruges late at night and I could not understand my map. I therefore couldn’t find my way to my hostel, so asked a woman for directions. She said she was going that way so would point me in the right direction, and she ended up walking me to the door. She told me she worked at the belfry, a medieval bell tower. She told me to come the next morning and she would let me in to this prime tourist attraction for free. I went, she welcomed me and she handed me a free ticket! I am

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