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  • Laughing with township comedians, South Africa

    Laughing with township comedians, South Africa

    December 23rd, 2013Site Editor
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    “You can probably guess that I’m from the Cape Flats – born and fled that is!” So starts another night of impassioned, edgy and often bitingly satirical comedy from some of South Africa’s rawest young comedy talent. The townships of Cape Town aren’t known as hubs of comedy, but the Starving Comics, an almost exclusively…

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  • Visit the house of the spirits, South Africa

    Visit the house of the spirits, South Africa

    December 20th, 2013Site Editor
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    It’s art, myth and archeology, it’s visually stunning and you can reach back through the millennia and immerse yourself in its marks and contours. South Africa’s rock art represents one of the world’s oldest and most continuous artistic and religious traditions. Found on rock faces all over the country, these ancient paintings are a window into a historic culture…

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  • Toasting bad weather in the Scottish Highlands

    Toasting bad weather in the Scottish Highlands

    December 18th, 2013Site Editor
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    First, be glad that it rains so much in Scotland. Without the rain the rivers here wouldn’t run – the Livet, the Fiddich, the Spey. Without the rain the glens wouldn’t be green and the barley wouldn’t grow tall and plump. Be glad it’s damp here in Scotland. Peat needs a few centuries sitting in…

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  • How to get away from it all

    How to get away from it all

    December 17th, 2013Site Editor
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    It’s one of the ultimate travel goals: how to well and truly get away from it all. Here’s ten trips, selected by the writers and editors at Rough Guides, that offer true isolation and recuperation. Share your own below. Sleep out in a remote bothy Britain may be one of the most crowded islands on…

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  • Win a luxury cabin break with Forest Holidays

    Win a luxury cabin break with Forest Holidays

    December 13th, 2013Site Editor
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    This competition is now closed. Check back later to find out the winner. Camping in the UK can be a gruelling affair, what with the high chance of rain and often low temperatures – not to mention the rocket science-like fiasco of constructing your nylon home for the night. So, we’ve teamed up with Forest…

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  • Calling in the heavies at the Highland Games

    Calling in the heavies at the Highland Games

    December 13th, 2013Site Editor
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    Throughout Scotland, not just in the Highlands, summer signals the onset of the Highland Games, from the smallest village get-togethers to the Giant Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon, which draws a crowd of 10,000. Urbanites might blanch at the idea of al fresco Scottish country dancing, but with dog trials, tractors, fudge stalls and more cute animals than you…

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  • Standing at the heart of Mother Russia

    Standing at the heart of Mother Russia

    December 12th, 2013Site Editor
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    Stand in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square and in a 360-degree turn, the turbulent past and present of Russia is encapsulated in one fell swoop: flagships of Orthodox Christianity, Tsarist autocracy, communist dictatorship and rampant consumerism confront each other before your eyes. Red Square, is, well, red-ish, but its name actually derives from an old Russian word for…

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  • Soviet Exhibitionism in Moscow, Russia

    Soviet Exhibitionism in Moscow, Russia

    December 11th, 2013Site Editor
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    For a taste of all the Soviet Union once promised and an illustration of what it has come to, there’s nowhere better than the all-Russian Exhibition Centre, known by its acronym VDNKh. This enormous park in northeast Moscow is a glorious illustration of Soviet hubris, an exuberant cultural mix ’n’ match vision of a world…

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  • St Petersburg’s White Nights

    St Petersburg’s White Nights

    December 10th, 2013Site Editor
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    Imagine spending all day sightseeing, taking a shower and a nap, and then looking out of the window to see the sky as bright as midday. Your body kicks into overdrive, and the whole day seems to lie ahead of you. The streets throng with people toting guitars and bottles of champagne or vodka; naval…

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  • Heart of stone: losing yourself in deepest Iberia

    Heart of stone: losing yourself in deepest Iberia

    December 4th, 2013Site Editor
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    The Beira Baixa is a land of burning plains and granite visions, isolated in one of the most remote corners of Western Europe, where the Spanish border blurs under a broiling sun. Here, if you search hard enough, you’ll find at least two of the most startling medieval villages in Europe: Monsanto – Mon Sanctus…

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  • Chasing condors in the Colca Canyon, Peru

    Chasing condors in the Colca Canyon, Peru

    November 29th, 2013Site Editor
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    The rays of the morning sun begin to evaporate the mist that shrouds the depths of Peru’s Colca Canyon. You’ve come out in the early hours to see the condor, or Andean vulture, in action, and as the mist dissipates, you can see hundreds of others have done the same. Many cluster at the mirador…

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  • Communing with an Amazon shaman, Peru

    Communing with an Amazon shaman, Peru

    November 28th, 2013Site Editor
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    Psychedelic tourism isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there is nowhere on Earth where so many shaman serve such magical brews as they do in Peru. Since the start of this millennium, an increasing number of travellers have sought the magical ayahuasca experience, whether from simple curiosity or in search of ancient wisdom. These night-long…

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