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Central Asia   24 Jan, 2010, 21:51
From Iran to Pakistan – on Biofuel  
Andy Pag

Andy Pag’s pioneering biofuel overland trek is, as far as I know, currently bogged down in antiterrorism paperwork somewhere in India. This gives his blog, from the happy days when he cruises from Iran to Pakistan, a certain poignancy.

Central Asia   24 Jan, 2010, 21:15
Trophy teachers on the China circuit  
Owen Tucker

On a teaching gig in China, Owen Tucker finds he’s being used as a recruitment aide for his local school. At the ‘Sunshine English Festival’ his role becomes even more surreal.

Americas   24 Jan, 2010, 21:03
Freezing in summer: Barrow, Alaska  
Rob Dobrusin

‘Tundra Tourist’ Rob Dobrusin finds it well worth braving a chilly summer to explore Barrow, Alaska. Even if, 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, his family have growing doubts.

Europe   24 Jan, 2010, 20:00
All at sea in Transdniestr  
Christina Mullett

Christina Mullett finds a warm welcome in the one of Europe’s newest – and most obscure – states, the little-known republic of Transdniestr.

Asia Pacific   24 Jan, 2010, 19:41
Empty compliments for the Thai language student  
Antonio Graceffo

Don’t take the locals’ encouraging comments too seriously, warns serial linguist Antonio Graffeco. Learning Far Eastern languages takes time and comittment.

Asia Pacific   24 Jan, 2010, 19:15
Building a bath on New Zealand’s thermal beach  
John Edwards

John Edwards finds getting around New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula is a breeze if you’re ready to stick out your thumb and trust the first Maori that stops.

Africa   24 Jan, 2010, 18:48
A secret glimpse in Morocco’s High Atlas  
Gregory Kruse

A chance tea-tent encounter gives Gregory Kruse a vivid insight into the hidden world of daily life in the harsh, unforgiving environment of the High Atlas mountains.

Europe   24 Jan, 2010, 18:21
In Birmingham’s back yard  
Richard Lakin

Few people find kind words for the UK city of Birmingham. But Richard Lakin has very special memories of nearby Cannock Chase, just to the north in the county of Staffordshire

Central Asia   13 Jan, 2010, 13:32
Land-cruising through Kyrgyzstan  
Charlie Weatherill

On his journey through the ‘Stans, Charlie Weatherill dismounts his trusty Landcruiser and takes to horseback to get a taste of endangered lifestyle of a nomadic culture.

Central Asia   13 Jan, 2010, 12:30
Snake-charmers and meditation in Rishikesh  
Sezgi Yalin

High in the Himalayan foothills, India’s most spiritual retreat provides quiet moments and insights for a tranquil and meditative Sezgi Yalin.

Europe   13 Jan, 2010, 10:32
Haunted by the Highlands  
Vanessa Harris

Northern Scotland’s as good a place as any to look for spiritual roots. Vanessa Harris drifts off into a Pagan world of mists and Celtic fairies.

Europe   13 Jan, 2010, 08:36
Floods and brothels: beyond Bucharest  
Bob & Viv Goddard

They should know better. Bob and Viv Goddard are already grandparents when they set off on their two motorcycles on a marathon charity jaunt across Eastern Europe. In Romania their journey gets difficult.

Americas   13 Jan, 2010, 06:16
Ready for Valentine’s day: Seattle’s sweetheart sites  
Jane Cassie

Forget Paris for romance. Jane Cassie reckons you can get just as cuddly on Canada’s Pacific Northwest.

Americas   8 Jan, 2010, 17:08
Costa Rica: not as dangerous as it thinks  
Mateo Amaral

Mateo Amaral flies in to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica, to a barrage of warnings. Apparently it’s not safe to walk, to eat, or to even be there. Brushing aside such concerns – after all, he’s from California – he survives in style.

Africa   8 Jan, 2010, 16:50
To expat or not: balancing life in Dakar  
Tamara Braunstein

In Senegal, Tamara Braunstien finds socialising with the locals a very different experience to tapping into the expat community. She finds the two Tamaras have to be kept well apart.

Europe   8 Jan, 2010, 16:37
A wintry Gothenburg  
Lucy Jordan

February isn’t the most obvious time to visit Sweden, and Gothenburg isn’t the most obvious bit of the country to see. Undaunted, Lucy Jordan flies in. The important thing, she finds, is wearing ‘layers’.

Americas   8 Jan, 2010, 16:26
Freezing in summer: Barrow, Alaska  
Rob Dobrusin

‘Tundra Tourist’ Rob Dobrusin finds it well worth braving a chilly summer to explore Barrow, Alaska. Even if, 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, his family have growing doubts.

Central Asia   8 Jan, 2010, 15:57
Cut down to size in India’s seething city: Kolkata  
Madelaine Triebe

India’s most populous city proves something of a challenge to Madelaine Triebe, despite having relatives to help her blend in the crowds, but it is a bad – and almost malicious – haircut that proves to be the final straw.

Africa   8 Jan, 2010, 02:39
After 32 years: return to South Luangwa  
Jane Agg

Same guide, same walk, same safari 32 years on. Jane Agg’s first Luangwa safari was with a young Robin Pope. A generation later she returns to revisit Zambia to find the young guide she knew has become a walking safari legend.

Asia Pacific   8 Jan, 2010, 02:12
Climbing in Japan: A Pilgrim’s Journey  
Jeffrey Rambo

Sometime after midnight it starts to rain. Not a great start to Jeffrey Rambo’s long-planned climb up Mount Fuji, Japan’s most sacred mountain.

Americas   4 Jan, 2010, 10:46
A taste of Haiti – before the quake  
Nick Redmayne

Nick Redmayne toured Haiti in early December 2009, days before the earthquake that laid waste to the capital. Following a disaster on this scale travel journalism seems irrelevant so instead he singles out one charity that will help rebuild Port au Prince.

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