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  • The hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines

    The hanging coffins of Sagada, Philippines

    January 15th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    Members of the Igorot tribe of Mountain Province in northern Philippines have long practised the tradition of burying their dead in hanging coffins, nailed to the sides of cliff faces high above the ground. Comfortably predating the arrival of the Spanish, the procedure can probably be traced back more than two millennia. To this day,…

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  • Exploring the Banaue rice terraces, Philippines

    Exploring the Banaue rice terraces, Philippines

    January 7th, 2014Kiki Deere
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    The Banaue rice terraces were once a colourful collage of winding fields that clung onto a mountain-side in Ifugao province in the Philippines. After being almost completely abandoned by the locals, these plantations are now being revived as young farmers return to work on the paddies. While researching the new Rough Guide to the Philippines, Kiki…

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  • Affordable luxury, Malaysia

    Affordable luxury, Malaysia

    December 19th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    A backpackers’ paradise, Malaysia is known for being one of Southeast Asia’s cheapest destinations. But that doesn’t mean staying in hostels and dorms; luxury in Malaysia comes with a pleasantly small price tag. While researching the upcoming Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget, Kiki Deere went in search of the best luxury hotels…

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  • Mosaics and marble: touring the Moscow Metro

    Mosaics and marble: touring the Moscow Metro

    December 18th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    Opened in 1935, the Moscow Metro was one of the USSR’s most extravagant projects. Its stations, with their lavish and ornate interiors, were conceived as showcases of Soviet success, and aimed at making the city the world’s capital of Communism. Follow Kiki Deere’s tour of the most spectacular metro stops to learn more about Russia’s…

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  • A culinary ritual: exploring Georgian food

    A culinary ritual: exploring Georgian food

    December 13th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    With its stunning natural scenery, ancient towns and compelling history, Georgia really does have it all – and the food is no exception. Georgians are passionate about wine and love their sweets; eating here is more of a ritual than a meal. Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere talks us through an indulgent Georgian feast. As…

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  • Travelling the Silk Road in Uzbekistan

    Travelling the Silk Road in Uzbekistan

    November 13th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    While the Chinese stretch of the Silk Road is world famous, the central Asian section is far less travelled but has no less to see. Kiki Deere describes travelling the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, from post-Soviet Tashkent, through the beautiful blue-tiled city of Samarkand, to unspoilt Bukhara. I peered out of the window of our…

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  • The street-side delights of George Town, Malaysia

    The street-side delights of George Town, Malaysia

    November 12th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    Kiki Deere takes a stroll around George Town to explore the Penang street art scene and sample the city’s amazingly multicultural street food. I awake early and take a stroll around the city’s quaint alleyways. At this time of the morning, a peaceful silence envelops the streets. The musical song of the 5am call to…

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  • Skiing on the slopes of Kyrgyzstan

    Skiing on the slopes of Kyrgyzstan

    October 21st, 2013Kiki Deere
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    In search of some adrenaline-filled activity in Central Asia, Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere makes a somewhat brave attempt at skiing in Kyrgyzstan. A short stout man with oriental features hands me a timeworn snowboard that is clearly too short for my height. It just about reaches my chest. I know I can’t be too…

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  • Exploring Matera’s cavernous dwellings in Italy

    Exploring Matera’s cavernous dwellings in Italy

    September 24th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    Italy’s southern region of Basilicata is home to one of the country’s most distinctive towns: Matera. It’s a fascinating place, not least for its unique topography and intriguing history as a Mediterranean troglodyte settlement. Thanks to its biblical, otherworldly feel, it’s been used as the setting for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ too. Rough Guides…

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  • Top places to eat out in Moscow

    Top places to eat out in Moscow

    September 9th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    In a city where it’s possible to pay up to US$250 for a rib eye steak, it is no surprise that most feel daunted at the prospect of visiting the pricy Russian capital, Moscow. Yet there are plenty of quirky cafés, hidden restaurants and expat haunts that will not break your budget. Here is a…

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  • An arranged marriage in Tajikistan – via MMS

    An arranged marriage in Tajikistan – via MMS

    August 22nd, 2013Kiki Deere
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    Driving through the city of Panj, Tajikistan, Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere meets an ex-Soviet-soldier-turned-teacher who has discovered a new way of arranging a long-distance marriage. Our heavy-footed driver swerved to avoid a series of large rocks that had crumbled from the mountainside above. A muddy crimson river swept through the valley below: the Panj,…

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  • A phallic journey: Italy’s penis café

    A phallic journey: Italy’s penis café

    July 30th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    Outside the progressive town of Taormina, Sicily, Rough Guides writer Kiki Deere finds phallic fun at a penis-themed café. My long hair brushes against an erect penis as my hand firmly grips onto a dark phallus that protrudes from the bannister. Rows of excited male members line the windowsill, while others seemingly pop out of…

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