3rd European Ecotourism Conference!

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I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to speak at the upcoming 3rd European Ecotourism Conference at Hotel Windsor  in Jachranka, Poland. The conference will take place from 26th – 29th April and bring together around 200 ecotourism practitioners, acamademics and enthusiastics from throughout Europe and beyond. This year will be rather unique in that all […]

Workshops at Free and Real – Nutrition

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One of the things I was looking forward to most about coming to Free and Real were the regular workshops that they organise. It worked out perfectly because I would be able to attend three workshops during my six week stay in Evia: nutrition; mushrooms and funghi; and soap making. The first workshop was on […]

Urban Gardening in Athens

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The Greek capital is changing. Slowly, but it’s changing. Marousi, where Vicky’s parents live, is the first municipality in Athens to introduce an official urban gardening scheme. The idea is simple: take a disused, vacant piece of land and divide it into sections. Then let local residents apply for a section on a first-come, first-served […]

Back at Free and Real

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When I left Free and Real in June, I knew I would be back again before the end of the year. It’s that sort of a place. It took slightly longer than I expected (six months in fact), but I was very happy to be finally heading back to Evia. The last time I was […]

The Giraffe Centre

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After seeing all of the little elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, we were excited to see more of the amazing animals of Kenya at our next destination – the Giraffe Centre. I hesitate to use the word wildlife here, because the animals we saw that day are most certainly not in the wild. They […]

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Before the ESTC 2013 started, participants who had arrived in Nairobi early had the chance to explore the city and its surroundings. On my second day in the Kenyan capital, I decided to head to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to pay a visit to the elephant orphans. The Trust was set up in 1977 […]

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2013

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Unlike 2011 and 2012, this year’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) would be held outside of North America. The venue was Nairobi, Kenya – the country in which the concept of ecotourism was born over twenty years ago. I had never been to Africa before and was especially excited about discovering a totally new […]

Making bread

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We both love homemade jams and bread and have been experimenting with our own recently in Freiburg – check out our walnut and raisin loaf: Not bad, hey? There’s nothing better than a homemade breakfast – it all somehow tastes so much simpler and better.

Latitude 10

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My time in Costa Rica had almost come to an end – and it had been brilliant. But I just had one, make that two, more things on my list: I still hadn’t visited all of Cayuga’s properties. And one of those properties, Latitude 10, was on perhaps the most famous beach in Costa Rica; […]

A stay at Free and Real

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Last weekend I came back from an amazing three-day visit to Free & Real in Evia, an island north of Athens. I had only found out about the project a few weeks earlier, completely by chance as it happens whilst reading a blog by Mark Boyle, author of The Moneyless Man – A Year of Freeconomic […]