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Who are the True Victims of Covid-19?

By |2022-07-19T18:20:31+00:00April 22, 2020|Gone West, Meanwhile on Planet Earth...|

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, was quoted saying "If you are feeling helpless - help someone". I can't think of a more apt quote to help us get through current testing times. With a quarter of the world's population under some form of lock-down or quarantine, the media has been awash with news stories of Covid-19, struggles on front-line in multiple cities and towns, charities struggling to operate, the many [...]

Developing an addiction to the Dominican Republic

By |2022-07-19T18:19:43+00:00May 28, 2019|Gone West, Travel|

IF THE WORLD TOLD US ALL OF HER SECRETS FROM THE BEGINNING, THERE WOULDN'T BE SO MANY OF US WHO SUFFER FROM WANDERLUST; IN SEARCH OF HIDDEN BEAUTY AND A CURIOUS CULTURE. The Dominican Republic is a gold mine of wondrous coastlines, emerald forests and vibrant culture and nothing quite says 'Welcome to our Island' like a thatched roof airport and a local merengue band singing tourists through the usually mundane queues at [...]

Conguillo National Park: A Journey with a Friend

By |2022-07-19T18:22:37+00:00May 28, 2019|Gone West, Travel|

"HAPPINESS IS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED" - CHRISTOPHER MCCANDLESS   DAY 1 6:00 AM Temuco, South of Chile. The light of the gap between my short blinds and my bedroom window wakes me up in a mix of an insane amount of love for my bed and a rush of excitement. Today, Juancho and me are hitchhiking to Conguillio National Park, it’s going to be a good day. 7:30 AM We head to the [...]

Norway: The Land of the Midnight Sun

By |2022-07-19T18:22:38+00:00May 28, 2019|Gone West, Travel|

FROM THE HIGHLY GLACIATED AREAS OF THE FJORDS ON THE WEST COAST OR THE HIGH MOUNTAIN PLATEAUS INLAND, TO THE SOUTHERN SANDY BEACHES AND FROZEN PLAINS OF THE FAR NORTH, Norway is a land with an incredibly varied and unique natural environment. The country has a very elongated shape, stretching from 58 degrees North to 71 degrees South. This large variation in latitudes is the main reason for the large difference in climate [...]

South Africa, Off the beaten track

By |2022-07-19T18:22:38+00:00May 28, 2019|Gone West, Travel|

When thinking of the African continent, pictures of starving children and ferocious animals are conjured in the minds eye. Africa is a destination for the wild at heart - those seeking adventure who are unafraid of what life has to offer. As with all things in life worthwhile, there is balance. With beauty there is grotesqueness; with calm there is frenzy; with life there is death. The southern African scenery gave birth to the appreciation and [...]

Protecting the Great Bear Rainforest

By |2022-07-19T18:23:07+00:00March 7, 2019|Gone West, Meanwhile on Planet Earth...|

Currently one of the most valuable places on Earth is the Great Bear Rainforest and sea in British Columbia, Canada.  This vast area is valued by its residents; First Nations people, plants, animals, birds and marine life.   It is valued by its visitors; the hikers, photographers, cruise-ship goers and scientists.  And, inevitably, the Great Bear rainforest is valued by industry.  But amongst all of these players, what and whose vision of value should determine the fate of this truly spectacular environment? 

Galapagos: An Honest Guide

By |2022-07-19T18:22:38+00:00March 7, 2019|Gone West, Travel|

Ever since I was a small child, when I first learnt about Charles Darwin and his discovery of so many weird and wonderful creatures, I had a hankering to go follow his example and explore the many corners of the Earth. After learning to dive in 1998 that hankering increased, mainly fuelled by my curiosity for encountering the different marine life around the world. The one ultimate destination for me had always been The [...]


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