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Exploring Colombia’s Cocora Valley by Jeep

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Salento’s main square sits at the foot of a hill, surrounded by colonial buildings-turned-cafés and oblea carts selling wafers dripping with caramelo. A child throws a handful of rice in the air and pigeons appear seemingly from nowhere, cawing and diving for their treat. At the head of the square, several jeeps of different colors [...]

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Up Close and Personal with Tasmanian Devils

A grumpy devil

They growl like ferocious bulldogs, snort like pigs, and have the most disturbing screech I’ve ever heard. They’re strange creatures alright – spotting a stocky and muscular body, clothed in black fur and an incongruous white marking on its chest, point ears and a tail that emits a pungent odor. With ridiculously powerful jaws, they consume all types of carcasses [...]

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Hiking Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain

Australia’s Tasmania island has long been known for its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Almost 37% of it lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites. And of these national parks, the most well known is perhaps the World Heritage area of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair. Spreading all the way from the Great Western Tiers in the north [...]

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Under the Sand: What Lies Beneath Australia’s Red Center

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The desert that sprawls across Australia’s Red Center may look vast and barren – but looks can be deceiving. Underneath the sand lies a whole different world. Australia has one of the largest diversity of lizards in the world, with over 860 species throughout the country. Most of them are endemic to the region – which means that they cannot be found anywhere else on the [...]

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Inside Sweden’s ICEHOTEL

Main entrance of ICEHHOTEL

Amidst the gorgeous Narnia landscape of the Swedish Lapland stands ICEHOTEL, the world’s first hotel built entirely of ice and snow. It’s hard to believe that everything here is made of ice, until you see it for yourself. We recently visited the ICEHOTEL on a daytrip from Abisko and were blown away by this work of [...]

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Ice-Fishing in the Finnish Lapland

As part of the Ice Run journey, we’re exploring the Finnish Lapland, one of the coolest parts of Europe. We went crazy with winter activities like snowmobiling and dog-sledding. Here’s our story on ice-fishing in Rovaniemi. *** I jump up and down, like a child pouncing on her bed, eager to see if the ice beneath my feet will crack and fizzle. It’s ridiculously [...]

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High Above the Fjords of Narvik

“Are we going on these cool trucks?” We were standing in front of three restored military tanks that looked like they were taken straight out of a James Bond movie. “Yes, we normally use these to bring guests up the ski slopes when it’s too windy to run the cable car”. Our guide Svein explained. [...]

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Woof Poof: Husky Sledding in the Swedish Lapland

Our troop of huskies

“Yap yap, kom igen!” Come on, shouted Lina. The cacophony of howling and barking suddenly ceased and we were instantly engulfed in silence as our troop of huskies took to their heels. All morning, this was what they had been waiting for: running with all their might, with their tongues wagging, saliva dripping in all [...]

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Fun on Ice: Snowmobiling in Rovaniemi, Lapland

For the first leg of our Ice Run journey, we’re exploring the Finnish Lapland, one of the coolest parts of Europe. We went crazy with winter activities like snowshoeing and dog-sledding. Here’s one of our stories on snowmobiling in Rovaniemi. *** There is a reason why we don’t go fast on ice. There’s a lack of friction on [...]

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Huskies, Reindeers and Santa in the Finnish Lapland

A white reindeer

For the first leg of our Ice Run journey, we’re exploring the Finnish Lapland, one of the coldest parts of Europe. Here’s the first of the month-long series. Enjoy! *** We’ve just spent the past few days in a winter fantasy world, almost as if we had crossed centuries and continents into the world of [...]

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Slowing Down in Loreto, Baja California

VDP Loreto 2012: Simple

**Our teammate Elica Sue was recently in Baja California, Mexico. Here’s one of her stories from her trip to Loreto, stay tuned for more.** I recently just returned from Loreto in Baja California del Sur, Mexico, and am still just as enamored with it as I was when I first arrived. It was difficult getting my head back [...]

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A History Lesson in San Javier, Mexico

San Javier Mission

**Our teammate Elica Sue was recently in Baja California, Mexico. Here’s one of her stories from her trip to Loreto, stay tuned for more.** “More than 8,000 people come to visit for the fiesta on 3rd December,” said our guide, referring to their patron saint day. As our van pulled into town,  we were greeted by [...]

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Kodak Moment: Cruising through Lemaire Channel in Antarctica

Cruising into Lemaire Channel

The bright sunshine bounced upon the glassy water surface, reflecting off all the white surrounding me –the white from the icebergs that floated past us, the white from the mammoth mountains that enveloped us and the white from the glaciers that slide off ice cliffs. It was a gorgeous morning, with the sun lighting up the [...]

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My First Penguin Encounter: Danco Island, Antarctica

Gentoo colony

Flippers in the air, a group of penguins tobogganed down the icy slope like kids in a playground. “Weeeeee!” I could almost hear them cheer as they swooshed across my trail one after another. Once on land with their mates, they waddled clumsily back up to the top of the ridge again, for another round on the slope. I [...]

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Crossing the Drake Passage to Antarctica: Sometimes Life Throws Us Surprises

My Antarctica expedition didn’t start the way I’d expected it to. There were no plates shattering, chairs flying across hallways, nor Titanic-like mayhem. There was not even a single dark cloud or gust of wind. Instead, bright sunshine, clear skies and a light breeze accompanied us throughout the Drake Passage. Albatrosses glided and swerved alongside our ship as we sailed the [...]

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