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Photo gallery of Rosemary Verey’s garden

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Avoiding the tyranny of the ordinary

Avoiding the tyranny of the ordinary

Editorial: I am about to embark on a five month journey through Asia and I am frightfully unprepared. I bought an airline ticket to Hong Kong because I can’t decide if I should start the trip in Vietnam, Laos or Thailand. I have a sore arm from last minute vaccinations, a package of malaria pills and a weekend suitcase that I have yet to pack. My books will be electronic and in the interest of travelling … Read entire article »

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Rosemary Verey’s garden: Barnsley House, England

Rosemary Verey’s garden: Barnsley House, England

The background on the desktop of my computer is an image of yellow and mauve—a photo of the laburnum at Barnsley House in England. This tunnel of wisteria with ornamental onions growing informally on either side of the path is reputed to be one of the most widely photographed garden scenes in the world yet I have not yet tired of it. It was the creation of Rosemary Verey (1918-2001), another one of those fascinating … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Salt Flats, Bolivia

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Four days in a jeep to the Salt Flats in Bolivia

Four days in a jeep to the Salt Flats in Bolivia

Vanessa Kohut travelled for 2 ½ months in South America and she has really great memories of the four day circuit to the Salt Flats. Bolivia really surprised me. It can be a tough country to travel in but I really loved it. It’s poor, the bus system sucks, and there’s not a lot of choice in hostels and hotels. But it is really unique. There is a four-day circuit by jeep that many travellers take, either … Read entire article »

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Tahrir square uprising photo gallery

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Life in Tahrir Square during the 25 January Uprising

Life in Tahrir Square during the 25 January Uprising

By Janice Gray On January 7, Coptic Christmas, I arrived in Cairo and settled into my room. Anticipating a three-month stay, lunchtime was spent with the school principal. Then I wandered over to the refugee school where I would teach music. The next few days were spent connecting with old friends and re-entering Cairo life. The following Saturday, my friend Barbara arrived from Canada. She, too, planned to volunteer at the school. We spent the week planning. On January 24th Barbara taught … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egypt, Travel itinerary, Volunteer abroad

A music teacher volunteers in Egypt

A music teacher volunteers in Egypt

Janice Gray is about to fly to Cairo for her fourth year as a volunteer music teacher. Prior to volunteering, she taught in paid positions at schools in Canada, Egypt and Kuwait. By Janice Gray After a career as a music teacher and then another career as owner and trainer of NLP Centres Canada, it was time for a change.  On my 60th birthday, I accepted a position at the American International School in Egypt, sold my … Read entire article »

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Lesotho photo gallery

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Over the Sani Pass and into the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

Over the Sani Pass and into the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

The owner of the car rental company seemed perplexed by our request.  He looked at the middle-aged couple standing in front of him and asked again, “Are you sure you mean the SANI Pass? “Yes”, we told him. “That’s the pass we mean”. “And you know that you MUST use a four-wheel-drive.” “Oh yes”, we assured him.  “We are well aware that only a four-wheel-drive can get over the pass.” And when he asked about our driving skills, we … Read entire article »

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An accountant travels to Africa

An accountant travels to Africa

By Sue Landreville In the past, accountants rarely got to travel as part of the job. Instead, we always seemed to work in cramped dark offices, counting beans just like in the cartoons. But a series of accounting scandals changed that. Funders started demanding greater financial accountability, particularly for international projects. So all of a sudden the bean counters could travel! My first three assignments were in Africa and it was a bit of a culture shock … Read entire article »

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