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Gallery: Finland!

FINLAND | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Husky Safari

FINLAND | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Views [1592]

Christmas Eve in Finland : it is cold, freezing actually, and very, very white. Far from the familiar Australian summer, I am at last experiencing a white Christmas, and it is beautiful. Eager to sample some Finnish culture, as well as a dash of ... Read more >

Tags: christmas, dogs, huskies, lapland, safari, sleighs, snow

La Lingua Franca

FRANCE | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Views [576]

Learning a foreign language is not easy. In fact, it can be extremely challenging, frustrating and, as I learned during my sojourn in France as an English language assistant, highly amusing. Especially for other people. Having studied French at university, ... Read more >

Tags: false friends, french language, strasbourg

Bush Fish Anyone?

GHANA | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Views [615]

“Mr Sam! Mr Sam! Would you like to buy some bush fish?” said our guide Richard, taking my husband by the hand and leading him to a small mud and bamboo hut from which a plume of delicious smelling smoke billowed. “Bush fish?” asked Sam, throwing ... Read more >

Tags: cape coast, hike, river, rodent

No Ordinary Castle

GHANA | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Views [459]

There is something menacing about the way the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the murky sand of the Ghanaian coastline, giving it an eerie and treacherous demeanour. Despite the heat, I shiver as we speed along the rubbish strewn shore, the harbour town ... Read more >

Tags: castle, elmina, slave trade

A Walk in the Treetops

GHANA | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Views [732]

“Don’t worry,” says my guide Aggie. “It is virtually impossible to fall, unless you are trying to commit suicide.” As I peer out across the treetops at the rope and timber walkway on which I am about to place life and limb, I am not so sure. ... Read more >

Tags: forest, national park, suspension bridge

Gallery: Cape Coast Region

GHANA | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Sahara Desert

MOROCCO | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Of Dunes and Dromedaries

MOROCCO | Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009 | Views [755]

Her name is Mustafina. And what a lovely camel she is. As I sit on her hump, with only a crude saddle fashioned from an old carpet to separate us, I marvel at the affection I have come to feel for this creamy-coloured Moroccan dromedary. As we trek ... Read more >

Tags: camel trekking, morocco, oasis, sahara, sunrise

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