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A Front Row Seat to a Bhutanese Tshechu

By: Aqsa Rizwan
A Tshechu is a Buddhist festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Tshechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar and can last up to four days. Entire communities, and a few fortunate travellers, come together to witness colourful mask dances and other forms of entertainment. These are some of our favourite moments of the festival:&nbs...

Jessica Linton's Notes from the Field: Monarchs of Mexico

By: Jessica Linton
While our Monarchs of Mexico tours always start with great anticipation, 2019 was going to be particularly memorable. After all, it was to begin just following the encouraging press release by World Wildlife Fund in January that the northeastern overwintering population of Monarchs had increased by 144%! This year, the roosting colonies covered an impressive 6.05 hectares of forest, which is the l...

Georgia on My Plate: A Culinary Journey in the Caucasus

By: Killian Fox, The Guardian
This article was originally posted to The Guardian, written by Killian Fox in December, 2018. No lesson in the complex art of Georgian cuisine is complete without a toast or two, says a writer on a tour of the country’s mountains and cities Suzanne Moore in ‘mind-blowingly gorgeous Georgia’.  “This is a crazy Georgian situation,” says Ketino Sujashvili, with...

An Interview with Anne Tristine Nguyen

By: Janice Mason Steeves
Workshops in Wild Places is an international art teaching initiative developed by Canadian artist and educator Janice Mason Steeves. Janice will be leading a tour to Scotland this fall. The location of this tour is a Scottish Castle that is owned by Anne and her husband Ali Dunskey. Janice graciously conducted an interview with Mrs.Dunskey for her travellers to find out more about Anne and the cas...

The Riveting Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

By: MIR, our local partners in Mongolia and Russia
The fabled Trans-Siberian Railway rolls briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe and mountain, pausing along the way in places that bring the traveler face to face with the fascinating cultures of Russia.Sprawling rivers, dense taiga forest, mile upon mile of swampy permafrost, subzero temperatures in winter, swarms of bloodthirsty mosquitoes in summer, and large carnivorou...

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...