Inspiring things to do: rock climbing

Inspiring things to do: rock climbing

Wilderness is not a luxury, it is essential for the human spirit. I hardly sleep… “another suitcase, another hall” … it’s a little how this holiday in the canyon lands of Arizona and Utah is feeling. I have been longing for total immersion in the stark, stunning and extraordinary landscape of the desert but my […]

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The joys of walking in Wales

The joys of walking in Wales

One sunny day last week, it was too hot to continue the digging battle against ground elder in the unruly area surrounding my home. I hesitate to refer to this battleground as a garden whilst that bloody squirrel continues undermining any progress I make. Cooling off indoors, I remembered a rash decision made back in […]

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Notes from a globetrotter: transitions via Istanbul

Notes from a globetrotter: transitions via Istanbul

Elizabeth moves from Beirut to Geneva, via Istanbul. Leaving Beirut felt as if an anvil had been lifted from my chest. Despite missing Lebanon, the conflicts in the region and the ceaselessly escalating violence did not endear me to the idea of living there, or anywhere in the Middle East/North Africa, for the foreseeable future. […]

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Notes from a globetrotter: Beddawi refugee camp

Notes from a globetrotter: Beddawi refugee camp

I am an intern for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (or UNRWA, in case you don’t feel like stumbling over that mouthful) and had the opportunity recently to travel with a photographer to one of the refugee camps in Lebanon. The camps that UNRWA works with […]

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Notes from a globetrotter: Cairo

Notes from a globetrotter: Cairo

Cairo Metro – A taster from our upcoming notes from a globetrotter series I’m sitting on the metro in Cairo trying not to sweat. It’s not as easy as it sounds. The wind is buffeting me around like I’m stuck smack dab in the center of a convection oven, but at the same time I […]

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Jordanian delight

Jordanian delight

Seeing the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra had been on Polly Rusyn’s bucket list for some time, so a visit to Jordan was long overdue Often overlooked by tourists, Jordan’s capital city Amman proved to be a superb source of street life, super friendly locals and lively markets; women in hijabs and burkas choosing […]

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Living on the edge…

Living on the edge…

It turns out facing your fears on the slopes is a rather effective metaphor for the menopause As a family, we recently took up the gauntlet thrown down by some good friends to go skiing for the first time. As a reasonably fit 47-year old I couldn’t help feeling afterwards that while I had a […]

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