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A Swiss naturalist in Paraguay

In the forests of eastern Paraguay, the Swiss scientist Moisés Bertoni and his family settled in 1895 to create a farm and research station. Just a short distance from the famous Iguazú Falls, the site is today one of the most surprising parks and museum complexes in South America….

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“Germans” and “Italians” in the highlands of Brazil’s far south

…if you can see beyond the kitsch representation of the Rio Grande do Sul’s German and Italian heritage, as well as past the very real contemporary struggles of the inhabitants, the Serra Gaúcha certainly has much to offer visitors…

Zimbabwe’s lair of luxury

“Zimbabwe? Are you sure it’s safe?” In the weeks preceding my visit this question was asked of me time and time again, producing niggling doubts as to this wisdom of travelling to this southern African country. It was reassuring (and a little surprising) to learn that normally risk-averse United States travellers are Zimbabwe’s most important […]

Corn Islands, Nicaragua

Almost fifteen years ago – in September 2000 – I visited Nicaragua’s small and remote Corn Islands. I thought about the islands again when a friend, Grant Peeples (who, with his wife Cathy, owned and ran a wonderful little hotel in Little Corn, the smallest and prettiest of the two islands), told me that I now wouldn’t recognise […]

The last Indians of Masvingo, Zimbabwe

For our fabric needs in Masvingo, a town in southern Zimbabwe, Anneliese and I were told to look no further than Ali & Co. Located on Josiah Tongogara Street, Masvingo’s principal shopping artery, the shop is packed-solid with cloth and sewing accessories suitable for pretty-well every conceivable taste, budget and purpose. Judging from the number of customers who were […]

Death in early Johannesburg: Braamfontein Cemetery

Shortly before visiting South Africa, I read Lost and Found in Johannesburg,* Mark Gevisser’s wonderful memoir combining family history with an exploration of the ruthlessly fashioned spatial absurdities of the city of his birth. As a child obsessed with maps, Gevisser noticed that parts of Johannesburg seemed uncharted, that city’s geography was “bizarre” and “eccentric”. Neighbouring areas – […]

The world in London

It’s the week of the World Travel Market (WTM), one of the world’s largest travel and tourism trade fairs, attracting exhibitors and visitors from across the globe. Since 1980 the WTM has been held annually in London, and each year destinations vie with each other to attract the attention of tour operators, travel agents and […]