Cocoa and Coconuts, Côte d’Ivoire, February 2020

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My final post from my West African adventure comes to you from Abidjan in the country of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). I’ve reached the coastline and the Atlantic Ocean and I’ll unashamedly admit that I put my feet up here …

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Animal Sacrifice to the Ancestors, Burkina Faso, February 2020

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This past week I’ve travelled further south to the country of Burkina Faso. As I’ve distanced myself further from the Sahara the landscape has become progressively greener. Villages are shaded by enormous mango trees in flower and surrounded by cashew …

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The Magnificent Mud Mosque of Djenné, Mali, February 2020

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News of the legend of Timbuktu first spread to the outside world in the 14th century when the Malinke king made a pilgrimage to Mecca. His entourage of 60,000 each carried a bar of gold among other luxuries as offerings. …

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From Slavery to Rally, Senegal, January 2020

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Somehow when I came out the escape hatch this time I landed in West Africa. I only spent a few days in Senegal on the western most point of the continent before a longer journey through some of the Sahel …

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The Maldives- a Tale of Atolls and Mating Octopus, November 2019

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Who can say where the wonder or the wanderlust ends? It should come as no surprise then that I’ve popped up in the middle of the Indian Ocean again for a week of scuba diving in the Maldives. Off the …

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Being Italian, Sardinia July 2019

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My journey has taken an unexpected twist as I was invited by friends who live in Verona to stay with them briefly at their holiday house in Sardinia. July is an excellent time to hike in the mountains in Italy …

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Dolomiti, Italy July 2019

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It’s been time to test the physical body again and I’ve chosen the magnificent landscapes of the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy for my latest obstacle course. The Alta Via 1 (High Way 1) is a famed trek that …

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Craters, Canyons and Creole, Réunion Island, April 2019

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My last stop on my Indian Ocean voyage has been Réunion Island- a little corner of France (an overseas French Department) next to Africa. Although the island is rimmed by beaches and coral reefs, at its heart it is volcanic. …

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Hoist the Sails, Seychelles Islands, April 2019

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I’ve drifted further north now to spend a week aboard a century-old Dutch sailing schooner exploring some of the inner islands of the Seychelles. This little Republic comprises more than a hundred granite and coral islands scattered over an area …

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Land of the Dodo, Mauritius, April 2019

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I have washed up this past week on the Island of Mauritius in the middle of the Indian Ocean, a stone’s throw east of Madagascar.  The nation is a fairly sleepy mix of people of Indian descent, Creole (French black …

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