Sardinia, Italy

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A mysterious letter arrived last week, redirected from the Embassy of Italy in Canberra. An elaborate typeface on cream parchment, and with no return address. It is unusual to receive a letter at all these days and I read the contents with increasing puzzlement. Dear Virtual Travellers, Your mission, should you choose to accept it: […]

Madagascar

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‘If life gives you lemurs don’t try to make lemurade. Lemurs are surprisingly powerful for their size, and can become aggressive’, tweeted Paul Bassett Davies. Did he somehow know that we were heading to Madagascar today? Either that, or he’s tracking the movements of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who’s just been here. A […]

Romania

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When I was travelling 20 years ago, I met another backpacker who had been chased by wolves in the Carpathian Mountains, confirming every preconceived notion I had about this region of the world. Transylvania, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Communism and gymnasts were the only other things I associated with Romania. I have to admit, […]