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Petra By Night
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Petra By Night

Dec 10, 2014 by

On a moon- and candlelit walk to Petra… Magic and mystery in the Jordanian night. Seven men spend up to three hours carefully placing the 2000 candle lanterns by the path and in alcoves along it. And at the end, sinuous Arabic tunes rise into the night sky in a sea of lights in front of the...

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Floating in Jordan
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Floating in Jordan

Dec 7, 2014 by

The country of Jordan’s name comes from an old Aramaic phrase that means “floating river”. The river, also named the Jordan, may not be wide, but it is the fastest flowing river in the world, heading from heights of 400m at Tiberias Lake down towards the Dead Sea at 400m below sea level. Among all the rocks and sand of the country of Jordan,...

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Inner Spartan Gold
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Inner Spartan Gold

Aug 7, 2014 by

“You get more cool every time you visit!” My energetic, blonde nephews and niece are dangling over my shoulders, giggling their heads off with delight at our physical exertions, bathing in the sunshine of my full attention, and telling me just how fabulous that makes me, for them… The rules of the game we are playing are not entirely clear, but that often makes...

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Ljubljana Love Between Lives
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It is dark and almost completely quiet… In this haven of peace, two hearts are pounding loudly, and one of them is mine. The young athletic man stretched out on the bed has his eyes closed, and I notice a tear rolling down one of his cheeks. A compassionate sigh rises and falls in my chest, and I sink a little further down into...

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Secret Signs in Slovenia
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Sometimes I wonder what little signs I would send to myself from the World of Souls to guide me down the right track in this lifetime, if I were ever in doubt… If I could plan for small serendipities, coincidences and curiosities that I knew would catch my attention, before even coming into this lifetime, they would probably be to do with words, symbols...

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Portals of Faith
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Portals of Faith

Jul 11, 2014 by

“I wish all churches could be like this…” runs through my mind as I walk through the gardens of an old hall, in the hedge-lined countryside of Somerset. A Buddhist prayer is punctuated by singular claps that ring out in the afternoon. A reading from the Tao in front of a Zen landscape garden humbles my thoughts. “Shalom” greets me as I go to...

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Titicaca: Ayni – Mita – Minka
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Benedicto is 73 years old and his eyes are shining in the candlelight under the brim of his Peruvian hat. He has been entertaining me with stories of growing vegetables, sailing wooden boats, and going to school for three years in his youth. We are sitting in the kitchen of his daughter, Flora, as she cooks us dinner over an open fire a few...

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Llamas & Other Misunderstandings
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In 1532, a Spaniard arrived in Peru, and saw a curious animal that liked to spit and looked a bit like a big shaggy goat. He asked a local Incan: “Cómo se llama?” (What is it called?) The Incan did not understand the question, and echoed back, with a raised eyebrow: “¿Llama?” …and that is how the llama got the name that we now...

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Cycles of Lives
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Cycles of Lives

Jun 19, 2014 by

It is pitch black, and the cold stone walls are closing in all around me. I use my hands to feel my way forward, to both sides and above my head, as I inch forward, stooped over. The rock faces are mostly blunt but their surface is anything but regular. Large protuberances followed by sizeable dents make it almost impossible to keep my bearings....

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Jungle Purge
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Jungle Purge

Jun 18, 2014 by

Yesterday we walked 15km through jungle mud in knee-high wellies. Memories of difficult, unpleasant, painful times came up with every laboured step. It was like walking through my own personal Hell. At first, I did not understand – or even wonder – why these memories were flooding my mind and heart. The monkeys jumped and screeched around me, the leaf-cutter ants carried on their...

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Amazonian Wisdom
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Amazonian Wisdom

Jun 17, 2014 by

(in non-alphabetical order)   Fig trees: These trees grow buttress roots to not fall over when they reach a certain height, as their roots only otherwise penetrate the top layer of soil where the nutrition is concentrated… Without deep roots, the trees would normally be blown over by the wind, so the pyramidal base structure they develop keeps them upright with only shallow roots....

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Dusky Titti Monkey
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Dusky Titti Monkey

Jun 16, 2014 by

“Dusky titti monkey!” The local rainforest guide signals to the boat captain to slow down and turn the boat around. I see tangled branches, brown river water and grey skies… but I hear the small screeches that must be coming from the monkeys. I strain my tired eyes – it is only 9.30am but we have been up for seven hours already. Yes, just...

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