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Watching Buzkashi

Afghanistan: Why Go?

It’s taken me a while to absorb my trip to Afghanistan trekking through the high altitude Wakhan Corridor, which once formed a arduous section of the 4,000 mile silk route. Few have ventured into this cutoff corner of the world where little has changed in a thousand years. The blissful feeling of flopping on a mattress at the […]

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Meeting Uncle Fred

Yarning with Uncle Fred

Against the backdrop of the significant and sacred Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland, I yarn with Uncle Fred Conway, an Elder of the Bidgera people and Ranger at the Gorge. Fred talks about growing up on a mission, why he returned to the gorge and his hopes for a reconciled Australia.

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Towering cliffs Carnarvon Gorge

Deeper Travel: The Enchantment of Carnarvon Gorge

A lot of water, wind and 27 million years has carved out the dramatic monument of Carnarvon Gorge. Hundreds of metres below the tableland of its protective basalt cap, I’m in my element getting survival tips from local elder, Fred Conway.     I could feel the previous day’s 23 kilometre hike pull in my thighs as […]

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Little girl reading

Give the Gift of Reading This Christmas

  Image by Flowofwoe supplied under creative commons licence Until a few years ago I associated christmas with mulled wine, runny noses and bad pullovers. I still struggle to find the  fa-la-la-la-la spirit in the sub tropics when I’m trundling my trolley up and down supercharged air-conditioned aisles in flip-flops (thongs) buying salad for dinner again. […]

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