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Ancient Games of Daldøsa. How did an Islamic Game Travel to the North?

Editors note: this is an updated version of an article I published here nearly three years ago. Ancient Games Go North Here’s a study I stumbled across that combines three of my favorite things: The Arctic, the Arab world and cultural connections in the ancient world. The question is, how could a board game that […]

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A Quick Guide to Marrakech’s Medieval Attractions

Thinking about traveling to Morrocco’s ever-popular Marrakech? If the food, markets and nightlife aren’t tempting enough, the city’s incredible medieval features are reason alone to make the trip. Here’s a quick guide of what not to miss: Ben Youssef Madrasa Thought to be the most beautiful building in Marrakech, this Islamic school was rebuilt in the 1560s […]

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My Shot of the Day: White Headed Buffalo Weaver

  White Headed Buffalo Weaver   I really loved this shot but could not squeeze it in before I left for Europe in March.  So, here it is. A passerine native to East Africa,  the ‘buffalo’ part of its name comes from its habit of trailing the African Buffalo and feeding on disturbed insects in the soil behind […]

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My Shot of the Day: African Spoonbill

African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) and his buddy…the African Spoonbill.  Spotted in Orlando, Florida. Overall, I’m happy with the shot but I did not get the right aperture setting to get both of the birds in focus. ##

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The Birth of the World’s Largest Conservation Area

Guest Post by Darryl Lombard On 18th August 2011 at the SADC Summit in Luanda, Angola, the Presidents of the Republics of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe signed a Treaty which formally and legally establishes the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA). The surface area of the KAZA TFCA is over 444,000 sq km […]

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Tea in the Sahara

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Stunning Photos from Ethiopia by Joey L.

Pictures from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley by award-winning photographer Joey L. A massive hydro-electric dam, Gibe III, is under construction on the Omo. When completed it will destroy a fragile environment and the livelihoods of the tribes, which are closely linked to the river and its annual flood. GO SEE THE PHOTOS and help if you can.

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My Shot of the Day – Side Street. Rabat, Morocco

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Madagascar – BBC – Island of Marvels (VIDEO)

Wow. After watching this BBC documentary on Madagascar…the unique island moves closer to the top of my MUST GO SEE/DO list:

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The Painted Ones of the Surma & Mursi

I was pretty taken when I saw these beautiful images of the people of the Surma and Mursi tribes in Southern Ethiopia. Human diversity is astounding and beautiful. (h/t GotSaga)

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Travel Tuesday Feature: Egypt, Day One

(Taba, Egypt. January 1992) The man leaned down, coughed, cleared his throat with a rough scraping sound and spat a massive, grayish brown glob of phlegm right in the center of my passport. “Isra-eil people shit!” he shouted. That was Mohammed Abdel. He ran the drink and food stand on the Egyptian-Israeli border near Taba. […]

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The Falconer. Marrakech, Morocco.

Travel to Marrakech was an exciting ride in an overcrowded taxi.  In a back alley we saw some men working with raptors, training them to hunt.  They weren’t terribly excited for us to watch but they finally agreed to a photo. ##

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