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Street Food in Thailand: Neat Treats and Sustainability

  • Heather Rath
  • 12 May 2014

Grasshoppers, crickets, assorted insects – down the hatch! Although it’s easy to dismiss Patong, as a tourist haven, you just can’t dismiss the exceptional street food in Thailand. To eat or not eat: that is the question. With the enjoyment of exotic culinary delights, however, comes environmental responsibility.

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Local Travel by Bus in Nicaragua: A Slice of Life

  • Heather Rath
  • 15 April 2013

“They hang from the bars like monkeys,” says a Nicaraguan colleague. He’s describing his fellow riders as we discuss the exhausting 1.5-hour one-way trip of about 50 kilometres we undertook daily for two months on a local bus from Granada to the capital city of Managua, Nicaragua, and return.

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Worth the Journey! Tayrona National Park, Colombia

  • Heather Rath
  • 4 April 2012

Today, Tayrona proudly displays its true nature as a safe environment for tourists. Since its elevation in status to a national park in 1969, this biodiversity area covering 12,000 hectares of land and 3,000 of sea has been growing in popularity. Within its territory are sandy beaches, dazzling blue/azure ocean waters, tropical dry jungle and a rainforest up to 900 metres in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

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How to Make Pastry with Alcohol in Crete, Greece

  • Heather Rath
  • 14 December 2011

Yes, we did use spirits while making small delicious cheese pies, called ‘kalitsounia,’ in a traditional hillside village of western Crete, Greece. Koula Barydakis, our ebullient chef instructor, began our local cooking lessons by pouring a shot of raki for herself and her students as we toasted the traditional Cretan diet, one of the healthiest in the world.

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Chamula, Mexico: A Step Back in Time with the Tzotzil Indigenous People

  • Heather Rath
  • 28 July 2011

An elderly woman wearing traditional dress accosts me as I focus my camera on the exterior of the church. She wags her bony finger at me and ominously hisses “No…no…no….” She unnerves me so much I quickly hide my camera. We are near San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico, in a town called Chamula, where the indigenous Tzotzil people earnestly protect their society and way of life.

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The Mexican Temazcal: An Experience in a Maya Sweat Lodge

  • Heather Rath
  • 25 April 2011

Sweat is pouring from my pores. I am saturated with my own perspiration. Near Mérida on the Yucatán Peninsula, I have opted for detoxification and rebirth through a unique spiritual journey practised in similar ways by indigenous people worldwide: a Mexican temazcal.

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Eco Etiquette on The Enchanted Islands: Stepping Right on the Galapagos

  • Heather Rath
  • 23 March 2011

“Watch where you’re stepping!” says our naturalist guide, Nikolas. I flinch. Slowly but surely I am learning the proper rules of etiquette in the Galápagos National Park and Marine Reserve as we carefully wind our way along narrow trails, some of them treacherous and slippery from water and shards of hard lava. “You see,” whispers Nikolas, “you might have stepped on their nests if you wandered off the trail.”

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