Stories

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Hard-hitting member questions + things upcoming

November 27th, 2021
Hard-hitting member questions + things upcoming

Greetings from Malta!

I'm into my final hours in Europe before returning to the Motherland, well over a year since my last time back. Though the blast of cold air is going to be a bit of a shock to the system, I'm very much looking forward to seeing family and friends again.

Cyprus Re-released + A Report from on the Ground in Beirut

November 20th, 2021
Cyprus Re-released + A Report from on the Ground in Beirut

Greetings from Malta!

I decided to make a last minute trip here while I'm still in LiveAway prep mode, since we'll be doing a 2023 LiveAway to Malta, and I'm not entirely sure when it will be otherwise convenient for me to get here to do my recon.

Woah! The Surprising Science Of Awe (No Rainbow Required)

November 19th, 2021
Woah! The Surprising Science Of Awe (No Rainbow Required)

You know it when it hits. You wake up on your river cruise down the Nile, and look out of the window, and there, right there, is one of the Pyramids aglow with morning sunlight. Or you step onto the deck of a ship working its way through the fjords of Norway, and the scale of everything around you strikes you dumb with wonder.

A challenging week for us and a favour to ask from you

November 13th, 2021
A challenging week for us and a favour to ask from you

Greetings from Cyprus!

It's been an action-packed and actually quite challenging week. In normal times I would have done these inspection trips ages ago, but with all of the turmoil and uncertainty of the past year, the only real window to get to Europe opened a few weeks ago.

What I learned from visiting 7 countries in the past 6 weeks

November 6th, 2021
What I learned from visiting 7 countries in the past 6 weeks

Greetings from Cyprus!

The last few weeks I've been on a bit of a whirlwind tour across Europe doing reconnaissance for a number of our upcoming tours for 2022, visiting Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Portugal (both Mainland and the island of Madeira), the UK, and now finally here in Cyprus.

Meze: The Cypriot Meal With Nothing On The Menu

November 5th, 2021
Meze: The Cypriot Meal With Nothing On The Menu

We’ve just sat down to eat, and I’m really confused.

In every way but one, this is what I was hoping for. It’s my first visit to a Cypriot restaurant since I was living here as a kid thirty years previously, and my friend has picked well: a softly-lit place, bright colours softened with muted lighting, big well-worn tables and a creaking floorboard or two.

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