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Beyond “In Flanders Fields”: Seeing WWI Poetry Anew

By: Melanie Blake
What happens when large numbers of literate soldiers are “plunged into inhumane conditions?” (1) World War I was the first global conflict in which (with some exceptions) most soldiers could read and write. The result was an outpouring of novels, memoirs, plays, songs, and above all, poetry. More than 2,000 British and Irish poets wrote war poetry. (2) Writing alongside them were soldi...

Japan: A Mysterious Blend of Modern and Traditional!

By: Judi Cohen
Timeless temples and shrines, gorgeous scenery, futuristic space age towers and bullet trains......What I love most about Japan is that it is a country of opposites: blending the ancient with the modern, and the exotic with the familiar...I want to share with you some of my most memorable moments in Japan that have inspired me to return again and again in search of new and unique experiences.Mt Ko...

On the Road from Cusco to Lamay

By: Michaela Trimble
There’s a sweet shuffle amidst the cobblestoned streets, sounds of flutes can be heard all around, and an ancestral hum of life seeps through every cracked door: It’s nighttime in Cusco, but the city couldn’t be more alive. Nestled within the lush Andean highlands, Cusco is a high altitude wonderland where life still holds a lineal delicacy. At the start of our Lares Adventure, t...

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief: Donor Trip to Ethiopia

By: Laurielle Penny, CPAR Travellers
In 2017, Worldwide Quest was very proud to be selected to coordinate the trip for the Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) donor trip to Ethiopia. We’ve enjoyed taking groups of travellers to Ethiopia for many years sharing our excitement in splendour of the natural and built environments and the magnificent people we meet. We are directing our 2017 holiday donation on behalf of our...

"A Merry Christmas to every-body! A Happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"

By: Beverley Carr
Before Victoria's reign started in England in 1837, nobody in Britain had heard of Santa Claus or Christmas crackers. No Christmas cards were sent and most people did not have holidays from work. The wealth and technologies generated by the industrial revolution of the Victorian era changed the face of Christmas forever. Sentimental do-gooders like Charles Dickens wrote books like A Christmas Caro...

A Quick Guide to Port Wine: Facts We've Learned in Portugal's Douro Valley

By: Samantha Clark
Port is a sweet, red, fortified wine from Portugal's Douro Valley. It's the region’s climate and the soil type that help acquire its unique characteristics and its history dates back to the 17th-century, but we won't get into that now. Although Port wine is gaining a lot of popularity, it's still a surefire way to impress your guests with something different. Here are a few things we've lear...