Pine and water: Cruising Eastern Finland

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For kilometer after kilometer, the landscape always seems the same. Pine trees and lakes. Lakes and pine trees. Driving the eastern side of the country – Lakeland in the south, Lapland above the Arctic Circle in the north, or what …

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That’s Entertainment: Missing Out on Nature in Nepal

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We’ve written before about the unrealistic expectations of visitors going on safari in Asia’s national parks (click here to read the article). During our three day visit to Chitwan National Park in the south of Nepal, we noticed something disturbingly …

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Vortical Feats: The Attraction of Sedona

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Over 5000 of them, archaeologists believe, thrived in the high and low valleys between Flagstaff and Phoenix, places that people even today consider receptive to good, supernatural vibes. Then, for reasons still unknown after about 750 years, the Sinagua Indians …

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Beauty and the Beastliness: In the Pit of Mt. Ijen

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Even in daylight, it looked like a Dantesque circle of the inferno. 200 to 300 meters below us, on the edge of a tranquil turquoise crater lake, steam spurted into the air drawing sulfurous vapor with it and painting the …

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Calculated Risks: Three Recent Adventures

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George, George, George of the Jungle Lives a life that’s free. George, George, George of the Jungle, Watch out for that tree! Turns out that this silly lyric from a long ago animated TV show had a lot of wisdom …

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An Old Leaf: Wild Malaysia

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High up in the treetops of Taman Negara National Park (literally National Park National Park), you can bounce along a series of narrow rope walkways amid primordial rainforest. Built as a tourist attraction, it’s the longest suspension bridge or canopy …

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A Walk thru the Middle of Nowhere

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“What are you doing here?” asked the father of three, a software engineer for Microsoft from Pune, Maharashtra. He was not threatening us or anything like that, but just astonished we were staying at this inn, which comprised a set …

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Leeches and Spice – Not Everything Nice

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The Thekkady hills that form the eastern border of Kerala state enjoy a fertile landscape of plentiful rain, rich soil and moderate temperatures. As a result, you can find here a fascinating mix of domesticated fields and wild reserves. The …

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Expect the Unexpected: A Real World Friending in the Coromandel

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We had only planned to stay an hour or so, visiting with a Facebook friend in Tairua, a small town on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. But it was seven hours and six new friends later before we …

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A Wild Suburb: Escaping the City in West Auckland

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In 1948, two scientists came to the coastal bluffs along the Tasman Sea just west of Auckland, and for the first time listened to the sounds of stars outside the Milky Way. It’s likely that few visitors now head here …

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