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I don’t do it enough but my favorite travel experiences have taken place in developing countries. I’ve spent a large part of my life either as a foreign correspondent or a development aid worker. This is where I keep note of those travels or discuss broader issues I care about.

Is Venice Dying? And other unpleasant questions

I love Venice Tshirts

Recently the Thai island of Koh Tachai became the latest in a long line of popular destinations to curtail tourism: after shutting down for monsoon season it has no plans to reopen, allowing coral reefs and wildlife to recover from excessive crowds. Koh Tachai's fight for survival isn't unique: Beijing is considering some sort of restrictions along the Great Wall; [...]

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9 Reasons Why Rhinos Matter

In southern Africa some years ago I was invited on a hunt. I was a journalist and lover of wildlife and this was something I absolutely did not want to do. But it was important to understand the rhino story and eventually tell it. So I went. A group of smug armed men walked into the [...]

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The Rungus Gongs of Sabah: Keeping a Tradition Alive

Rungus gong

When Rohanah Kudat got married more than a dozen years ago, the last thing she expected was to become a custodian of an ancient craft. Her husband, a gong-maker, taught her the skills and today, Rohanah is one of ten women who make their living hammering zinc sheets into round, vibrant shapes 11 hours a [...]

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There Was a Time in Communist Albania

Abandoned Albanian bunker

Albania used to be the most communist of communist countries - but you'd never know it today. Evidence of the world's strictest Marxist-Leninist regime has all but disappeared. What's left are bunkers, thousands of ugly, concrete domes of which more than 700,000 were built to keep out 'the enemy.'

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Born Free: Along the Lower Kinabatangan River

Pig tailed macaque monkeys

Ever since I shrieked with laughter through Redmond O'Hanlon's Into the Heart of Borneo, I've wanted to go. Not trekking inland and eating odd things like he did, but a more muted, less spine-tingling adventure with fewer critters (and none on my plate). The Kinabatangan River called to me, its name a foreign, distant sound that [...]

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