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Olympic athlete to tour leader

With the unveiling of the Team GB kit, the Olympic Park nearly complete and the opening ceremony drawing ever closer, Olympic fever is taking over the nation. As the excitement builds for our athletes and the expectations of the nation increase, stories of former Olympians resonate. Croatian cycling leader, Vlado Fumic, talks us through his journey from elite Olympian to Exodus tour leader.

5 things you didn't know about Norway

So for a bit of Nordic number crunching, here’s our selection of superlatives and fjord-related facts about the majestic landscape of Norway. Sognefjord – the Longest This is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. An impressive 200km stretch of seawater divides into increasingly spindly offshoots as it invades the landscape, although the ‘The King of the Fjords’ deserves its crown for other reasons as well…

The trouble with leaving Laos

The Mekong River stretched out in front of me as the sun set over Vientiane, the incredible capital of Laos. My mind drifted just like the waters of the river, thinking over the week I’d spent exploring a country I’d barely known before leaving London. What little knowledge I had was from vague references from schoolteachers when I’d studied the Vietnam War. The past seven days could not have been a better introduction to the landscape and culture that make up this little country.

High Expectations: Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya, the country’s highest mountain is an extinct volcano, where glaciers have tumbled over ancient lava for hundreds of years.

The two highest peaks, Batian (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m) are almost vertical and classed as technical climbs. Our goal was Point Lenana (4,985m).

The climb is serious. As well as being pretty fit you need the right clothing and equipment for a variety of climates and terrain.

Animals in Focus: Lemur Learnings

Lemurs

Endemic to Madagascar and the Comoro Islands off Madagascar’s north-west coast, lemurs have bemused and intrigued naturalists for years. Their range of interesting behaviours, from singing like a whale (the Indri) to sashaying across the sand like a ballet dancer (the Sifaka), have kept these prosimian primates popular with zoologists and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

Thought to be around fifty different species in existence, there is no shortage of fascinating lemur facts to share. Here are a few of our favourites…

Greece's best kept secret

Evia is as far removed as you can get from the bucket and spade, beach and booze, Brits-abroad style package holiday Greece has become synonymous with.

The second largest Greek island (after Crete) is only a short ferry-ride away from Athens, yet feels a million miles removed from the crowds and bustle of the capital.

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