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    as they cheer on Team Canada During their visit we were excited to get their opinion on the Pan Am sports When asked which sport they think is the most difficult they both responded with the marathon Doug said If something goes wrong you ve got a heck of a long way to go The endurance needed is unlike any other sport And Diane quickly added But have you seen those gymnasts Those aerial moves are impossible for the average person I have to give it up to them too Diane and Doug are the perfect leaders for our upcoming tour of Japan After the two met at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 their lives together have been interwoven with sports medicine and food From publishing two cookbooks to founding the annual Vancouver Sun Run they keep busy and appear to love every minute of it It s hard to believe they ve found time to travel to countless destinations worldwide their favourite being France We look forward to their enthusiastic stories of their travels with us this fall Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A Winter Birding Challenge Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar Iceland an Unlikely Nation Going with the Floe Featured Photo Powder Puff plant taken by tour leader Glenn Barrett in Cuba We Want To Hear From You Have a travel tip or news item you want to share with us Please send us an email with the details and if we can credit you for

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    And indeed the plant is as wonderful as the scientific species name of mirabilis means to tell us but we need to look at the different life stages of the Welwitschia pronounced Vel vi chee a to understand After germination and initial establishment a Welwitschia looks like this with two tough strap like leaves opposite each other and growing out of what appears to be a narrow wooden stump The stump is in fact the original stem of the plant the top tissue of which simply stops growing and dies The leaves continue growing out of the fringes of the stem in fact continuously over the life of the plant Theoretically the leaves could become many metres in length but the wind tosses them about as they grow and causes the tips to fray and wear The fraying also splits the leaves from the tips down towards the base giving the impression that the plant has multiple leaves when in fact it still has but two Meanwhile the base out of which the leaves grow continues to grow in size Presumably due to idiosyncrasies of local conditions and circumstances the base can become quite distorted over time causing the leaves to also grow in a distorted fashion contributing further to their splitting and making them appear to grow out of multiple points of origin Over time Welwitschia can become quite a morass described by some as a desert octopus This explains the appearance but how is this plant well adapted to the harsh and arid environment where rain seldom falls There are two things that aren t quite evident to us at first glance The first is that the plant has a taproot that extends some distance below the soil surface allowing it access to underground water supplies The other is in the leaves themselves Welwitschia s sometimes huge leafy surface area can capture moisture from coastal fog conducting the dew down to the rootstock In this way it can apparently absorb the equivalent of 50 mm of rainwater through dew alone It can also absorb water directly through the leaf surfaces These adaptations would presumably serve the Welwitschia well as it is said by some to be able to attain an age of 1 500 years or more As such it lives up to its Afrikaans name of tweeblaarkanniedood which translates fittingly into two leaved die hard Welwitschia s tenacity and peculiarity to this region have even earned it a place on Namibia s coat of arms There is much else to appreciate about the Welwitschia I was keen to see it during a visit of the Twyfelfontein region of Namibia in 2013 and I think you d enjoy seeing this bizarre plant too We look forward to seeing various specimens of Welwitschia both young and advanced in age along with many other interesting sights when we visit Namibia on our next tour of Namibia Botswana and Victoria Falls Click here for more information Recent Articles Lynette Husum on

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    those beautiful birds winging their way to the south marking another change of season They made me think of the stately Black necked Cranes and my upcoming trip to China The only alpine crane Black necked Cranes are one of the world s rarest birds and revered as symbols of luck and happiness The last Watching Big White Bears By Jean Iron Polar Bears topped everyone s most wanted wildlife list on the Worldwide Quest and Canadian Universities Alumni cruise to Canada s Northwest Passage Excitement erupted early morning on Day 3 August 27 when OneOcean expedition leader Boris Wise announced that observers on the bridge had spotted a Polar Bear Our ship the Akademik Ioffe was approaching Coningham Bay on Prince of Wal Diversity and Landscapes of Cuba By Glenn Barrett Choosing a favourite day on Quest s Best of Cuba trip would be a challenge as each day provides new habitats to explore species to observe and island culture to experience However Day 10 always stands out as a highlight when I reflect back on this 2 week long trip to the jewel of the Caribbean The day begins with us leaving the sun kissed beaches of Cuba s south coast where we had Curious about Oman By Laurielle Penny Until the late 1970s Oman was well hidden and very little was known about the country But that s not to say the Oman is one of the more conservative countries in the Middle East Quite the contrary buildings show both Arabic and English names there is no income tax education and health services are free The country is ruled by the monarch the Qaboos bin Said al Said Contrasts abound h First Previous 1 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

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    Dubai is the glitzy sister of neighbouring Abu Dhabi the country s capital Each has a population of about 2 million The total population of the UAE is about 9 million You ve probably not heard of the other five Emirates The country is ruled by six royal families These ruling families were originally selected by their tribes a practice that dates back more than 150 years While the Gulf states are not democracies neither are they despotic or repressive regimes Instead they are benevolent and paternalistic The government is said to get its legitimacy from tribal roots A local may speak for most citizens when he says Tribal politics where people highly respect the elders the sheikh is still there Deep inside of us we still are pretty much as tribal as you would expect us to be There have been no revolts Governments in Tunisia and Egypt have fallen But in the United Arab Emirates wealth and tradition are blunting any thoughts of rebellion The logic of the governing system is quite simple why enact political reform when the old social contract is still binding and almost all of life s necessities are amply provided for No one is genuinely interested in changing the political status quo when prosperity security and stability are fully guaranteed I was surprised to learn that the Emirati citizens represent only 10 percent of the population of Dubai The others come from all over the world with very large numbers from South Asia About 240 000 British citizens and about 40 000 Americans live in Dubai Many expats have made a permanent move while others come for several years About 70 percent of the population are men the source I would think of serious social problems All these foreigners do not enjoy the perks of citizens but a combination of carrot no income or sales tax and generally high incomes and stick the threat of arrest or deportation have created a quiescence not found in most parts of the world The business friendly attitude that characterizes residents throughout the Emirates is reflected in their attitude toward government where pragmatism triumphs over democratic longings In general Dubai prides itself on being more open and tolerant of difference than other countries in the region and many accommodations are made to permit divergent lifestyles as long as they are out of sight For instance rowdy bars can be found at the top of many skyscrapers while the street level restaurants and cafés remain dry and family oriented When it comes to the arts in Dubai there is a palpable and cosmopolitan buzz This city is making big business of the arts and seemingly doing so with energy excitement and a refreshing lack of cynicism Please click here to learn about my upcoming tour in the UAE during which our focus will be the 8th annual Emirates Festival of Literature Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South

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    use I was able to purchase gold leaf which I along with many other pilgrims rubbed onto the precariously balanced rock as the sun set A very spiritual and beautiful experience The best part of a Private Journey is the flexibility one has to stop whenever you like to take a photo ask a question or take a detour The local guides provided by Worldwide Quest are fountains of knowledge always ready to assist you in getting that great photo or cultural experience Next I am travelling to Spain to hike more of the Camino de Santiago with friends and family It was such a rich powerful spiritual experience when we hiked it last year that others have asked to join us this year when we hike it again Buen Camino To view a selection of our always customizable Private Journey itineraries including Myanmar click here Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A Winter Birding Challenge Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar Iceland an Unlikely Nation Going with the Floe Featured Photo Powder Puff plant taken by tour leader Glenn Barrett in Cuba We Want To Hear From You Have a travel tip or news item you want to share with us Please send us an email with the details and if we can credit you for providing us with the info Questions Ready to book Call 1 800 387 1483 or email us Visit us at 491 King Street East Toronto Ontario Canada M5A 1L9 View Map TICO Reg

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    it 2 If you re looking to spice up your morning try Masala Dosa A tangy thin flatbread provides the base for a breakfast filled with potatoes rice and spices to deliver a hearty and crispy variation on the popular dosas that originated in South India Part crepe part breakfast burrito completely delicious 3 For a savoury twist on a morning treat try Vada Although these deep fried delicacies may take on the size and shape of the classic western donut they are traditionally filled with ingredients such as lentils onions and curry leaves to provide a more nutritious breakfast 4 To get a healthy start on your day try Upma It is a vegetarian wheat snack similar to porridge and traditionally garnished with coconut and chopped cilantro It only takes about ten minutes to make and uses very little oil and butter making it a first choice for both the rushed and the health conscious South Indian And it s surprisingly filling too 5 For an Asian variation on your morning crepe try Pesarattu Similar to those dosas already mentioned pesarattu is the way to go if you want something a little crispier and less spicy The South Indians take pride in serving this unique dish with coconut sambar and ginger chutney to hungry travellers from far and wide And breakfast is just the beginning There are so many delicious meals waiting to be discovered on our tour Please click here to learn more Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets of the Sound A

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    wetland the huge Doñana National Park close to the Portuguese border and the exceptional and rare birds and mammals of the Pyrenees including the Lammergeier the Chamois and Iberian Ibex 2 The fabulous displays of wildflowers which should be at their best when we visit fields of poppies lavender irises allium narcissus crocus and rosemary rare orchids and hillsides and coastal cliffs covered in Spanish broom gorse ice plant and rock rose Also we should see vast stands of Mediterranean forests and orchards containing cultivated fig trees almonds olives oranges lemons juniper pine and the valuable Cork Oak woodlands with their attendant Iberian pigs 3 Throughout the tour we will be constantly inundated by the fantastic scenery the culture and rich history of Spain The structure and beauty of the town of Ronda the landscapes of Andalucia the Mediterranean coastline the historic yet modern city of Seville the mountains of the north including Gredos National Park and the gorgeous Pyrenees separating Spain from France the wild undulating steppes the oak olive and citrus groves all will be most memorable The capital city of Madrid with its palaces cathedrals art galleries the tapas bars we will see a number of these over the course of the tour Photographic opportunities will abound By the end of the tour in this wonderful Mediterranean land you will understand why the cry Viva España is so meaningful You too will feel alive Please click here to learn more about our upcoming tour of Spain Recent Articles Lynette Husum on Why would you ever want to go to India Hotels in South India You May Never Want to Leave Quest will be at the Festival of Birds From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish brown Bird Private Journey Testimonials Secrets

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    Machu Picchu We visited traditional Quechua Andean communities where residents still do all their work by hand Our host dyes wool from a lamb that was partially sheared in our presence as local guide Miguel looks on The dark red dye comes from cochineal a parasite that feeds on prickly pears In the second Quechua community we visited we helped one of the family members pick fava beans then made lunch A new Cusco International Airport is planned for this area Residents are concerned about how construction noise and traffic will impact their land plants and animals But they also see employment opportunities for the young and more tourism The local school is teaching English I especially loved going to the markets to see what the locals buy Potatoes are abundant in Peru There are at least 3 000 varieties This markets stall in Arequipa displays about 8 10 commonly used varieties In the photo below our guide Brisa points to a small pile of purple corn among the potatoes This corn forms the base of chicha a sweet drink with fruit and spices Chicha became one of our favourite drinks Gail s culinary tours always include cooking classes which use fresh ingredients that reflect the bounty of the region Peruvians make creative use of all that grows around them Here we are making a salad with the fresh palm hearts and majambo beans that are abundant in the Amazon region Majambo is a wild relative of cacao The people who live in the tiny Amazonian village of Chazuta personify resilience Chazuta was once home to the cocaine trade and plagued by violence The women of the award winning Mishki Cacao Co op began growing cacao in 2000 alongside their husbands with support from the U S government and international aid organizations that were helping farmers grow alternatives to illegal coca In 2009 the women added value by making chocolate and products from majambo During our visit they were generous with their time songs and samples We also spent some time at Ceramica de Chazuta the same day This was my first try at pottery I sure appreciated the assistance of experienced potters who offer these workshops to earn a living and to keep their local traditions alive The potters sell finished products to villagers and tourists Arequipa has been called the world s alpaca capital Peruvians have for centuries used alpacas for wool meat and as pack animals A few lucky alpacas appear to have a life of leisure at the Mundo Alpaca Museum alongside their llama relatives Before we left Arequipa I found two lovely sweaters in this IntiAlpaca shop run by a co op of 30 alpaca farming families When I wear one of my new sweaters I am reminded of Peruvians resourcefulness their pride in country and their hospitality in sharing many wonderful culinary and other cultural experiences with our group Tammy travelled to Peru in March 2015 Her tour leader Gail Hall has more culinary

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