The tonic for tension and stress? A place in the north of Sweden?

Monday, 25 July, 2016

How to deal with tensions and stresses of day to day life? You have to get into the habit of relaxing, or so we are told. Going to the north of Sweden however, looks like it might help when it comes to getting into the habit of relaxing.

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Timelapse video of Norway’s fjords

Tuesday, 19 July, 2016

Timelapse footage of the fjords of western Norway. In a word, spectacular.

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Travellers tales from the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region

Monday, 18 July, 2016

Recently Jan Chipchase spent five weeks travelling through central Asia, including the sparsely populated Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region of Tajikistan. It seems one can learn much about life, and the world, while in the area:

Everything is fine, until that exact moment when it’s obviously not. It is easy to massively over/under estimate risk based on current contextual conditions. Historical data provides some perspective, but it usually comes down to your ability to read undercurrents, which in turn comes down to having built a sufficiently trusted relationship with people within those currents.

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What to do on the first day of winter? See the West Australian coast

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016

Come the first day of winter in the southern hemisphere – which was either the first day of June, or the twenty-first, being the Winter Solstice, depending on you see it – what is there to do? There’s not much point in hibinating, so getting out and exploring the West Australian coastline seems like an idea to me.

The soundtrack is Gold Snake, by Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt. Winter doesn’t look too bad, does it? And what about those breakers?

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The tiled floors of London, photographed by Sebastian Erras

Wednesday, 13 July, 2016

Photo by Sebastian Erras

The last time I pointed to the work of German photographer Sebastian Erras, he had spent time in Paris taking pictures of the impressive tiled floors that can be found throughout the French capital. Recently, he has been in London, and the floor patterns there are no less spectacular.

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Uyuni, Bolivia, the last stop on the line for some trains

Tuesday, 5 July, 2016

Train graveyard, Bolivia

The great train graveyard in Uyuni, Bolivia, may well be a travel destination for trainspotters and non-trainspotters alike. The carcasses of disused locomotives and rolling-stock will appeal to some, while others will no doubt enjoy the rugged beauty of the so-called cemetery’s location.

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It’s not the way that Daniel Fleury cycles, it’s where he rides

Friday, 1 July, 2016

Vancouver Island based cyclist Daniel Fleury sure knows how to pick a place to go riding. He’s not half bad on the bike either, though I admit the scenic backdrops distracted me from the cycling.

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Dawn In Luxor, but with a difference

Tuesday, 7 June, 2016

Dawn In Luxor, by Seattle based hip-hop act Shabazz Palaces. This dawn in Luxor is not quite the same as the dawns in Luxor I experienced when I was in Egypt. In our wisdom we had chosen to travel there in June, one of the hottest months of the year.

Since it was too hot to be outside much after 11 o’clock in the morning, we would wake before sunrise, hire some bikes, and catch the worker’s ferry across the Nile, just as the sun was rising. From there we would make our way along to the Valley of the Queens, the burial place of the Pharaohs’ wives.

There was usually only time to see two or three tombs each morning, before we had to make our way back to the ferry, for the ten o’clock crossing. By then temperatures were easily in the high thirties, celsius. There was one upshot, there were, if we were lucky, only a dozen other visitors at the site.

If nothing else, travelling during the off-peak season had its advantages.

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OneBeat Istanbul, a musical collaboration in Turkey’s largest city

Monday, 6 June, 2016

OneBeat Istanbul is a collaboration between Turkish and US musicians, in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Highlights of the project are included in this video clip, together with some glimpses of Turkey’s largest city.

In the spring of 2016 we worked with a group of Kurdish, Syrian and Turkish musicians in the city of Istanbul. Based out of a decommissioned energy plant in the centre of the city and over the course of 2 weeks, we organised public street studios, music workshops with youth groups, we worked with institutions helping blind children and those fleeing conflict, and recorded new music in a variety of spaces around the city; all culminating in a final showcase.

Çok güzel!

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Portugal is now the go-to country for digital nomads

Monday, 6 June, 2016

I once went to Portugal for two weeks, and ended up staying two months. If I had not planned to meet friends in the Sinai, I might have looked into staying on longer. Word that the country is now a haven for digital nomads, and other location independent workers, has me thinking of an extended return visit. If only that were feasible…

Nestled on the south-western edge of Europe, Portugal has more rugged landscapes, empty beaches, mountainside vineyards, ancient cities, and fairytale castles than you can shake a stick at. It was awarded the Entrepreneurial Region of the Year just last year. Alongside its relaxed pace of life, relatively low cost of living and great internet connectivity, it’s no surprise then that Portugal is becoming a European hub for Startups, digital nomads, and location independent workers.

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