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Berbers, bracelets and Buddy Holly... Walking in Morocco

As I stood in line wondering what I was going to make for dinner, the cashier said, “That’s nice, where did you get it?” I looked down to see her pointing at my bracelet glimmering in the bright shop light.  Bought on my recent trip to Morocco, I had been promised it was the ’real deal’ - an authentic Berber piece.  At the time I didn’t quite manage to haggle for the knock down price I hoped for, and some of the ‘real silver’ had started to peel away, but I still loved it as it reminded me of the adventure I had enjoyed just a few weeks before...

Attenborough's Africa

The BBC spoils us with their visual spectaculars of the Earth’s wildest continent: Africa. Narrated by Attenborough, this is a steady supply of groundbreaking footage. From introducing us to new species, uncovering previously unseen animal behaviour and shedding light on some of the most remote parts of Africa, these documentaries promise great things, and they deliver.

Pilgrim's progress

Winding between the jagged spires of the French Pyrenees before threading its way west across Northern Spain to the Atlantic Coast, the Camino de Santiago is well and truly scuffed by the footprints of time. The Camino de Frances, The Way of St James, El Camino de Santiago, or simply The Way, this historic trail bears witness to over a thousand years of pilgrimage…

Burma - Frost thawing

Take a ride off the beaten track to unearth Burma’s hidden gems…

‘Burma by Bike’ – my excitement was initially clouded by apprehension. With the release of the ‘The Lady’ from house arrest in 2010, the end of the tourism boycott and a period of relative stability, the number of visitors to Burma has rapidly increased, turning from pariah to a must-see destination. I was afraid I’d find a country invaded by tourists and slowly losing its authentic character.

Over the hill - Exodus’ Olly Leicester tuks into Kerala

Cycling brings you much closer to the action than sitting on a bus looking through a window and in Southern India there is no shortage of action along high streets, back-roads, highways and backwaters.

Although there were many, the main highlight for me was the incredible climb up to Ooty. It is a tough ride, but a great challenge that rewards your efforts with some stunning views and an enormous sense of achievement at the end.

Floating on air

Over the past two weeks, I have journeyed through three countries on an Exodus overland truck. It had hauled its way up and over a volcanic national park, carefully negotiated primitive hillside roads, slalomed perpetual potholes and weaved around myopic cattle.

I have sat beside a family of mountain gorillas, enjoyed precious moments with orphaned Rwandans, jet boated at the source of the Nile in Uganda, straddled the equator in the pouring rain and watched dumbfounded as a hippo strode past camp at midnight.

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