Adventure

Travels in the Great Bear Rainforest in Search of the Sasquatch

  Halfway up the British Columbia coast, along the fabled Inside Passage route to Alaska, lies The Great Bear Rainforest. Known to some as “Canada’s Amazon,” this remote and little-visited Shangri-La is considered one of the last unspoiled regions left on Earth. The partly protected ecological wonderland hosts a cluster of ancient indigenous communities and […]

The Timbuktu Delusion

The Timbuktu Delusion

Tahir Shah’s Timbuctoo has arrived with eerie, serendipitous, timing. In the months leading up to its publication, a coup d’etat and ensuing power vacuum in the West African nation of Mali has resulted in extremists taking over the country’s north (where Timbuktu is located). Islamic militants, said to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, and who have […]

A Journey to Turkish Kurdistan

“In less than two hours you will arrive at the end of the world,” said Mehmet, the owner of the teahouse where the minibus bound for Bahçesaray departs. Our long morning of animated conversation came to an end as I squeezed into the small vehicle overloaded with passengers and their cargo of pickles and cooking […]

Adventures in Old Sana’a

Adventures in Old Sana’a

“So, this is your first time with us!” exclaimed Abdulrahman al-Anesi with a dose of laughter and feigned surprise. “May Allah bring you back again and again!” Al-Anesi, my airport pickup, whose jewel-bedecked jambaya dagger sat at his midsection like a monstrous scimitar waiting to be unsheathed, was full of smiles and colourful teeth. Nothing […]