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Guatemala: The Maya and beyond

Guatemala: The Maya and beyond

David Whitley April 7, 2015 Comments Off on Guatemala: The Maya and beyond

David Whitley goes to Guatemala to discover the ancient Mayan sites, and finds a long-repressed living culture – plus a wider cultural diversity than might be expected.   The peace brings with it a

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How the scarlet macaw returned to Copán, Honduras

How the scarlet macaw returned to Copán, Honduras

David Whitley March 7, 2015 Comments Off on How the scarlet macaw returned to Copán, Honduras

David Whitley discovers how the bird depicted in the ancient Mayan ruins has come back in real life.   Amid the ancient city, now a weathered imitation of its former glory but still doused

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Escalante, Utah: The last place in the United States to be mapped

Escalante, Utah: The last place in the United States to be mapped

David Whitley February 15, 2015 Comments Off on Escalante, Utah: The last place in the United States to be mapped

In southern Utah, David Whitley finds himself in the final part of the US to be explored. It looks like a place to die. Not just for men, but for cattle, coyotes, snakes and

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New Mexico’s secret weapons

New Mexico’s secret weapons

David Whitley October 30, 2014 Comments Off on New Mexico’s secret weapons

On a road trip through the New Mexico desert, David Whitley discovers that secretive military projects have created fascinating tourist attractions. The mountain ranges stack up in neat waves on the horizon, there’s little

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Which is the only rum born in a polje?

Which is the only rum born in a polje?

David Whitley October 16, 2014 Comments Off on Which is the only rum born in a polje?

In Jamaica, David Whitley visits the Appleton Estate, where they’ve been making rum in rather special conditions for centuries. Road maintenance is clearly not a major hobby in Jamaica. Bumping along the ever-present potholes

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The world’s grizzliest university

The world’s grizzliest university

David Whitley October 12, 2014 Comments Off on The world’s grizzliest university

In Bologna, David Whitley visits Europe’s oldest university – and finds it surprisingly brimming with gore. My lecture theatres were never this cool. The entire room is panelled in wood, including a throne-like main

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The Charles Rennie Mackintosh trail in Glasgow

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh trail in Glasgow

David Whitley September 12, 2014 Comments Off on The Charles Rennie Mackintosh trail in Glasgow

How one man’s vision put an indelible stamp on a city. Rarely can a fire have caused such universal mourning. When the Glasgow School Of Art went up in flames in May, the outpouring

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Why plastic seats are the sign of a great Bangkok bar

Why plastic seats are the sign of a great Bangkok bar

David Whitley September 5, 2014 Comments Off on Why plastic seats are the sign of a great Bangkok bar

David Whitley finds a streetside bar in the Thai capital, and realises that the cheaper a Bangkok bar looks, the more fun it’s likely to be. The posh type on the next table is

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Playing with fire on Guatemala’s volcanoes

Playing with fire on Guatemala’s volcanoes

David Whitley August 16, 2014 Comments Off on Playing with fire on Guatemala’s volcanoes

In Guatemala’s highlands, David Whitley climbs two very different volcanoes – Pacaya and Chicabal. After around 45 minutes, the sticky, humid trek through the forest gives way to something altogether more exposed and stark.

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Tobogganing with a difference on Madeira

Tobogganing with a difference on Madeira

David Whitley August 12, 2014 Comments Off on Tobogganing with a difference on Madeira

David Whitley finds it’s downhill all the way on the Portuguese island of Madeira. There are many ways of getting from A to B, but to the inner child, sledging will always be the

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