In 2013, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement quit his job and the comfortable lifestyle that came with it in order to pursue his passion. After spending 3 months living and studying on a private game reserve in South Africa’s eastern cape, he spent the following few travelling along the beautiful mountainous shores of the Garden Route before reaching Cape Town.
While travelling in Uganda, I got into a situation where I really thought that the end was at hand. The road narrowed steadily, hand in hand with the declining quality of the surface, until we reached a point where there was no way even to call it a path. The car precisely fit the width of the path, leaving the minimum leeway to avoid falling off the cliff on one side and scraping the car against the rocks on the other. To add the imaginary icing on top of the cake, the entire stretch was covered with mud, and the fact that we had a 4WD vehicle didn´t help is as much as would have been desired.
Probably the most expensive coffee – at US$700 per kilo – comes from the most unusual production process. Judge for yourself: Coffee cherries are eaten by the Asian palm civet, then defecated, and the coffee beans collected from the fecal matter and roasted. Traditionally produced in Sumatra, Java, or Indonesia, the beans used to be collected from civets living in the wild, however . . . as the demand for Kopi Luwak Coffee rose, the coffee business adapted. So Asian palm civets are now kept in captivity, in miserable living conditions, in cages, and badly fed.
Ubiquitous sun, hot weather, endless beaches, layers upon layers of blue and dazzling sand. For this picture, a majority would travel pretty long distances. Where are the most virginal beaches mirroring the Biblical paradise? Check out our list.
For most people, an absolutely absurd idea. Houses that often have a maximum of one meter width are not on your everyday dwelling list. At the same time these cramped buildings often have an interesting history about their creation. With the rising prices of properties it is quite common that the building parcels are appearing in places where only garage might have been considered for construction. Extremely slender buildings are not just a phenomenon of the moderns day. As a matter of fact, they go back in time and can be found in many historical centres of cities till date.
Between 2013-2016, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time made his living in the small landlocked east African country of Rwanda. Aware of his fortune and the privilege he had to live in a region that boasted jaw-dropping scenery, a rich culture and majestic wildlife, his innate desire to explore became unleashed. In this article, he documents his journey through the southern parts of Rwanda’s beautiful neighbor nation, Uganda.
Each calendar year, the European Union names two cities as European Capitals of Culture, and during that year there are many cultural events in the selected places. This is a great chance for the designated cities to move into the center of attention, become bridges of communication, gain social and economic benefits, and become locations where international activities take place. With this approach, diversity of cultures and common efforts for mutual understanding can be encouraged. This year's capitals are the capital of the region of Frisia - Leeuwarden and the Maltese capital - Valletta.
Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara – a cliché to say so, but still the main attraction for a visit to Cuba. Ask anybody and you´ll get a quite similar answer: „I want to see the country before it changes“. Traveling into a Marxist–Leninist socialist state is a different kind of holiday, catapulting you straight into history . . . Tourism in Cuba has been growing rapidly since the ‘80s. Tourism – now counting more than two million visitors per year – is one of the island’s main revenue sources. But obviously there is much more to this country than history and politics.
Temples although places of worship are also a major tourist attraction in different parts of the world. Some are known for their ancient history, others for the spectacular architecture and others for the hundreds of thousand of people that the volunteers at the temples feed each day.
Gold mines, even today, we associate them with something very exciting. After all, not for nothing there were gold fevers, which surely didn´t result in much of a clear thinking. If you have an opportunity to visit one of the modern operating mines, you may want to put on hold, the visions of actually seeing glittering gold. What’s most striking is the unbelievable scale of everything that comes in use when mining for gold. Machines as large as few storeys high buildings that from a distance look like miniature toys for children, given the enormity of what you see around the machines. Welcome to some of the impressive gold mines around the world.