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My kind of walk…

By: Laurielle Penny
I enjoy a good walk, a chance to slow down and observe my surroundings at a comfortable pace. I’m happy walking about three to four hours at a stretch with some breaks along the way. And when those breaks include magnificent landscapes and majestic archaeological sites, even better! Our Peru’s Sacred Valley: A Lodge-to-Lodge Walking Tour offered in October, 2019 is exactly my kind of w...

A TALE OF TWO CITIES - Havana: Capital of Creativity

By: Ann Kirkland, Urban Explorer
MOST LIVEABLE CITIES is just back from its inaugural trip. To Havana, you say? Why there?Without doubt, daily life in Cuba isn’t easy, even without the recent devastation brought about by the terrible tornado that struck just days after we left. With average salaries around $30 USD per month, and persistent shortages of life’s necessities, which are partially a result of the US trade e...

The Gambia is a Hit!

By: Justin Peter
Our regular readers may recall that I scouted the Gambia in late 2017. I had experienced it as a friendly and ‘birdy’ country where a casual atmosphere provided to those who enjoy walking about and watching for (amazing) bird life on foot that very opportunity. So, it was with great excitement that I set out to the Gambia again in November 2018, this time with a group of Quest travelle...

In the Footsteps of the Artist with Nella Cotrupi

By: Nella Cotrupi
I first met van Gogh when I was a 14 year old book worm committed to exploring the richness of the local public library’s holdings. I had been making my way through the English literary canon and was already deeply committed to the written word when I found myself casually browsing through the art section and picked up a book with a cover of brilliant yellow sunflowers shouting out such joy ...

The Splendour of Russia Through an Artist’s Eyes

By: Sean Forester
One heavy step, then another. Straps across their chests, they pull. It’s Russia, 1869. In Repin’s Barge Haulers on the Volga, you can feel the heat and the workers’ exhaustion. If you look closely, you’ll notice a steamship on the horizon; this back-breaking labour is no longer necessary. Like Dickens and Tolstoy, Repin uses powerful realism to illuminate injustice. He dep...

Let’s Go Dutch

By: Ann Kirkland, Urban Explorer
The Dutch do not use “going Dutch” as an expression, by the way – so you will not hear a Dutch person say: “Laten we Nederlands gaan!” (Let’s go Dutch!).What you do hear the Dutch say a lot is “Gezellig.” Hard to pronounce (“he-sell-ick”, starting and ending with the typically Dutch ‘g’ sound) and virtually untranslatable, gez...
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Maroon Leaf Monkeys taken by Josh Vandermeulen on our recent Borneo tour.

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