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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...

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...