How do you start to wrap your tongue and mind around a language as challenging as Russian? It’s not as hard as you might think with these tips to help you enjoy your tour of Russia…
For starters, you need to know some important things about language. Some essential rules. For example, if you put the stress on the first vowel in the word Uha it will mean ‘ear’ and if on the last vowel, it will mean ‘fish soup’. So let me share with you some of the very important Russian words and phrases and along the way you will discover some interesting facts about their etymology and relationship with English.
Ceviche is a classic Peruvian dish with simple but decidedly delectable ingredients including raw fish, onion, salt, cilantro and garlic – tantalizingly tossed in lime juice. For David Knight, Intrepid’s Community Based Tourism researcher in Peru, his recent experiences examining local perspectives of tourism impacts in the Sacred Valley town of Chichubamba could well be compared to the preparation of a fine ceviche. David tells us why…
“Now, given the references to my pasty, peeling skin in previous blog posts, you might be inclined to see me as the raw fish in this citrus soup metaphor; and, until recently, I might have been inclined to agree with you. But I learned a new Peruvian phrase yesterday while talking with an Intrepid leader, and it seemed a truer analogy to my experiences thus far.
For over 2000 years we’ve had an obsession with the soy milk wonder food known as tofu. First created in China, it became popular throughout Asia and of course, now the world. There was a time in Japan when this luxury food could only be eaten on special occasions, but today it’s accessible to everyone and for a local food experience it’s hard to top ordering fresh tofu from markets and street food vendors, as Heather Scott discovered in Vietnam…
“All travel anywhere is a culinary experience. Whether it be mung bean ice cream in China, choking on hot mochi in Japan, millions of masala dosas in India. Pepito au chocolat in Paris, round seasame-covered bread and cans of beans in Greece. I could go on, but I already digress.
“One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering”, said mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead.
It certainly adds up to us at Intrepid, that experiencing animals you may have never seen before, in new environments, is part of the very essence of travelling. However, with the amazing opportunity that this presents, comes an obligation to act in a responsible way to best ensure the welfare of the animals.
Take a walk and see where your nose and stomach leads you. That’s exactly what Jaime Ryan did and it’s a great strategy in China, where in the evening many streets transform into bustling food markets and wafts of garlic and ginger fill the night air…
“My favourite travel food experience was in China, while travelling from Beijing to Hong Kong. We had just arrived in Xi’an and decided to go out for a walk to find some dinner. It turned out that we didn’t have to wander very far and luckily we’d already worked up an appetite, because close to where we were staying was the Muslim Quarter and a lively night market.
Taking a wander through the local markets of Morocco is a fascinating way to soak in the distinct local flavour. You can discover the culture and traditions that go hand-in-hand with food and even get to try the local delicacies for under a dollar.
Laura Carroll gives you some tips on how to come out of your culinary shell in the Kingdom of Morocco…
“Vendors sell all kinds of wares in the food market of the Fes Medina. Walking through the curious and colourful stalls you quickly lose track of time while you peruse the impressive displays of fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, cheeses and snails. Yes, real, live, garden-variety, cook-them-at-home snails. Crawling all over a large woven basket, the snails look more like prospective pets than your potential dinner, but they are definitely destined for the dinner plate.
We are thrilled to announce that Hossam Moussa, Intrepid Group Leader in Egypt, has made the top 3 finalists in the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2013.
A graduate of the Department of Guiding at Helwan University, Hossam (known as ‘Sam’), worked in a number of Cairo’s five star hotels before becoming a tour leader in 2009, so that he could share his passion for Ancient Egypt with travellers from all over the world. With the bursary that he has now been awarded for reaching the top 3, Sam plans to help educate and care for street kids in Egypt.
While Scott Thomsen was a student in Thailand he made it his mission to meander through all Bangkok’s neighbourhoods and track down the tastiest local treats. In this post from Matador Network, Scott shares his inside information on the best sidewalk feasts…
“To even vaguely understand Bangkok is to understand that life transpires out on the streets. Not the main roads mind you, but the tiny neighborhood sois that unite the community. People flood the sidewalks each night as soon as it starts to cool off – men match wits over chess, teens gather to watch soccer, lovers stroll as lovers always do.
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For over 50 years, Amnesty International has protected individuals around the world wherever freedom, truth and justice are denied. They shine a light into dark corners, exposing human rights abuses and campaign for human rights to be upheld. In the last year, Amnesty’s work has brought freedom to hundreds of vulnerable people and helped to at last achieve an international Arms Trade Treaty.
Whether you’re kicking off a travel writing career or just want to tell more engaging travel stories, this article by renowned travel journalist David Miller gives you invaluable tips that every writer needs to know.
The following is an excerpt from the Intrepid Travel Journalism primer, a free course for Intrepid Express subscribers providing four lessons on the fundamentals of digital storytelling, including writing, photo and video, plus social media and collaboration, from the leading online education community for travellers, MatadorU.
Ethics and attribution / citing
One of the most overlooked elements of travel writing is its ethics. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people write blogs about their travels and take pictures of the places and people they encounter, many never considering the impact their descriptions and photos may have on the actual subjects. The entire genre of travel writing as a whole has some dark spots in its history that still continue to some degree today, which is essentially stereotyping or objectifying local peoples and cultures, reducing them to a simple ‘backdrop’ for the narrator’s exploits.