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The Incredible Churches of Lalibela

Somewhere in the mountains, north of the capital Addis Ababa, is a very special town called Lalibela. As a traveller to Ethiopia, you’re probably going to put this town on your itinerary. Why? Because it has 11 of the most amazing churches you are likely to see, built/created/carved in the late 12th and 13th centuries. These churches are actually carved

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Border Crossings – the Bad

Last week I wrote about some of the better border crossings I’ve experienced. Today I’m going to talk about the less good experiences. So, I need to start with a caveat – I’ve never really been stuck with a really bad border crossing. What would that be? Well, probably one where I didn’t even get across the border. People can

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Border Crossing Experiences – the Good

One part of travelling still gets me a little excited is crossing borders. Although you know that an imaginary line on the ground that divides two countries really can’t bring that much difference, somehow it’s all pretty exciting stuff – especially when you are going into new territory –  country you have never been to before. I can’t say (touchwood)

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In Search of Stalin’s Seven Sisters

Ever since I visited Russia earlier this year, and to be more precise Moscow, I wanted to do a post on ‘Stalin’s Seven Sisters’. It’s the sort of thing that appeals to me I guess – something to see, to hunt out in a city and say you saw them all. What are Stalin’s Seven Sisters? Well, they are seven

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Matsuo Kouzan – Abandoned Town in Japan

The idea of exploring an abandoned town, I must admit, is kinda of exciting. Here in Australia abandoned towns are often cordoned off – certainly abandoned buildings in Melbourne are barricaded and people are forbidden from entering, but in Japan there are apparently a few places you can visit. I was inspired to write this blog post after reading about

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Small Places – Djenne, Mali

Djenne is a pretty special place. A small town on the less-populated side of the Niger River. As I wrote in my recent post on Mopti (Sunday Spotlight – Mopti) I visited on a longish day-trip from Mopti. Actually, half the fun of the day was the amazing journey from Mopti to Djenne and back, in a pretty beat up

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