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Africa   21 Apr, 2014, 19:03
The ‘Ark of the Covenant’ found, in suburban Harare  
Benjamin Mack

Spielberg and Dan Brown have built thrillers on the search for Christianity’s greatest relic. But Benjamin Mack finds the Ark of the Covenant easily, in a university museum in Zimbabwe’s rundown capital. Sad to report, however, it doesn’t really change his life.

Europe   23 Dec, 2013, 20:51
Sharing Krampnitz with the ghosts of Nazis  
Benjamin Mack

A long-abandoned military base just outside Berlin might seem an unlikely tourist destination. And it isn’t, officially: access is through a hole in the fence. Benjamin Mack finds the treasure-trove of abandoned hardware and cyrillic maps takes him back to the Nazi era.

Central Asia, Europe   23 Sep, 2013, 12:06
Lost, and found in the bazaars of Bishkek  
Benjamin Mack

Of all the ‘stans, Kyrgyzstan is one of the most difficult to navigate. At sea amongst the traders of Osh central market, Ben Mack finds food and comfort at a bargain-basement price.

Central Asia   4 Oct, 2012, 13:55
Silk Road splendor at Georgia‚Äôs ancient churches  
Benjamin Mack

Georgia’s gorgeous, says Benjamin Mack, as he explores the Kutaisi region. Despite being close to South Ossetia, where Russian forces recently clashed with separatist Georgians, this is a calm oasis of monks and monasteries, castles and caves.

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