The New Year festival of Tet takes place in Vietnam on February 14 this year and this is a joyous time to indulge in eating, drinking and social activities. It’s also when spring is in the air and the wedding season is in full swing, but ex-Intrepid leader John Kirk discovered that getting married might not be as simple as popping the question to your loved one…
“In the past, families enlisted the help of matchmakers to choose marriage partners. Great care was taken to ensure equality, similar background, compatibility in social rank etc. These days, even in the rural areas, couples have more freedom to choose their life partners. However, some Vietnamese are deeply superstitious and fortune-tellers are still consulted by many couples to see if their horoscopes are compatible.
The last year has been another amazing one for Greenpeace and their Amazon campaign. We are delighted to learn that our last Intrepid Foundation donation has contributed towards some incredible progress. Charlie Adlum at Greenpeace reports…
“In July, after a huge concerted campaign push, sportswear giant Nike Inc announced it would stop using leather from cattle raised in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, saying the move is part of the company’s commitment to curbing the region’s deforestation.
Dance has a long history in China. On 5000-year-old pottery there are paintings of people dancing and nearly 1000 distinctive folk dances are performed throughout the country. But it was dance of a more unrehearsed kind when Rachel Wasser’s Intrepid group took to the floor…
“Visiting the Longji Rice Terraces is an experience in itself. The stunning views, gorgeous people and invigorating hiking are enough to send you home with a smile on your face. One of the highlights is also when the Ping’An cultural show coincides with our trip.
After a five-hour hike through the terraces and a massive meal, our group sat down to enjoy the guesthouse show. The local women wore their traditional Zhuang minority dress and performed one song and dance, and then they opened the floor up to us.
Thanks to the support of travellers and the Intrepid community, the Intrepid Foundation is able to assist many community projects around the world. In South America we are proud to support four great projects that focus on the health and welfare of the people and also help protect the environment.
Living Heart is centred around five communities in the Sacred Valley, near Cuzco. It hopes to improve the quality of life for the Andean people and particularly address basic issues such as health and nutrition for the women and disadvantaged children. Also in the Sacred Valley, in the small district of Taray, the school of Escuela Winaypaq has been established to provide an education for children who would otherwise not have access to any formal learning.
“Are you happy in your heart?” This typical Guatemalan greeting is a thought-provoking question for Intrepid Express reader Bobbie Jo Traut…
“Tossed by turbulence and feeling a little queasy during my short but intense flight, I futilely try to flip through my book on Guatemalan history. The small, Central American country lacks the eco-cache of some of its neighbors and still faces serious administrative and social challenges in addition to carrying the burden from its devastating civil war that took more than 200,000 civilian lives. I can’t help but ponder the wisdom of my trip to the hinterland of the Polochic to work on infrastructure projects in some of the remotest villages in the country.
As we speak, Emily Mitterhuemer and Stuart Dawson are enduring the coldest weather Cuba has experienced in 15 years, but that’s all good preparation for their Patagonia adventure that starts at the end of February!
They have just commenced their huge Intrepid adventure through Central and South America, and we get to go along for the ride! Emily and Stuart are travelling with video cameras in hand to show us all the goings on, plus they’ll be giving us blog updates from the road so you get to find out from the horse’s mouth (no offence guys) what it’s like travelling Intrepid-style through Peru and Patagonia.
While we are enjoying the grand temples of Vientiane, the mighty Mekong region and the towering limestone karst scenery of Laos, there is a big problem that needs our attention. Where there is poverty and large numbers of relatively affluent visitors, sadly there are also opportunistic exploiters of children.
Intrepid is a proud supporter of the ChildSafe network in South East Asia and their work to protect children from all kinds of abuse. Part of the Intrepid Foundation’s 2009 donation to Peuan Mit in Laos is contributing towards ChildSafe training for hotel staff.
The world is watching with disbelief and sadness as Haiti struggles to cope after the horrendous earthquake disaster. There is an obvious need for urgent help and the country will [...]
Little did Darrell Wade, Intrepid CEO and co-founder, know that an impulsive journey 26 years ago would lead to an Intrepid Travel adventure that’s been going strong now for over 20 years…
“In 1984 I headed out from Kathmandu on a 3-month adventure that would change my life. I was in a 4 wheel drive overland truck operated by Encounter Overland. There were 19 of us and we spent the next 14 weeks crossing India and Pakistan into Iran, Syria, Jordon and Turkey. Amazing landscapes, diverse cultures and a brilliant group. It’s no exaggeration to say that every day was an adventure and it absolutely changed the way I looked at the world.
This time last year, your Intrepid Express editor decided it was time to set a New Year’s resolution that would make a difference for somebody else. For some very strange reason, I also felt compelled to knit.
Now I’m certainly not an avid knitter and like all of us, don’t have much free time, but I made a pact with myself that while watching television I would cast on some stitches for children in Mongolia.
The Intrepid Foundation has been a big supporter of the Lotus Children’s Centre for many years now and since the kids there have to endure incredibly harsh winters, I thought this was a perfect choice.