A new era for Indigenous languages in Australia?

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Every year, on the 26th of January, we celebrate Australia Day. We enjoy a day off work and we gather at friends´ places to share the symbolic BBQ with family and friends, we… Continue reading

No-mad´s planet landscapes on Facebook

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For the past four months No-mad has been busy sharing inspirational and thought-provoking images on our Facebook page.  For those of you who have not yet had a chance to visit us on Facebook,… Continue reading

..of white eggplants, sweet tomatoes and dry white wines – Feasting all your senses in Santorini

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Ok, chef hat is on. It´s been a while and I´m a bit rusty to be honest. In fact, I have not approached a stove or a cooking utensil for over three years. Not… Continue reading

Bhutan´s intimacy with nature and all things happy

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Until recently, there were hardly any mentions of Bhutan in the media. No surprises there – Bhutan is a simple, peace-loving nation of farmers wedged in between India and China that just wants… Continue reading

A few good reasons to hide out in Serifos (apart from dodging Cyclops)

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Picture the Barcelona of the early seventies – four persons in one of the many 50 m2 apartments built in a concrete jungle for working classes – a place a little hard for… Continue reading

Spain, the healthiest country in Europe (¿?), on a shoestring

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A massive release of data published this week in the medical journal Lancet brands Spain as the healthiest country in Europe. The data was collected over a 20 year period and studied 187 countries… Continue reading

Accent on Japan´s treasures and its people

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Japan always brings a smile to my face. I´m not sure why. It´s kind of a natural reaction, some sort of biological phenomenon that afflicts me since very young. You say Japan, I… Continue reading

Is Tuscany really all that green?

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The Tuscan countryside is the type of landscape most people´s dreams are made of. Undulating green hills,  century-old towers and narrow cobblestone paved villages,  sunflower fields, traditional cuisine –  ingredients that have made Tuscany… Continue reading

World´s leading eco resort and spa in danger of being liquidated

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Only months after being voted  2012 “World’s Leading Eco Resort and Spa” at the prestigious World Travel Awards and “Best Spa on the Continent” at Spa Finder USA World Spa Awards, the iconic… Continue reading

Is Iran back in the tourist map?

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Ben Affleck reminded us yesterday that Iran exists with the dramatisation of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. The Canadians are not happy… Continue reading

Zen, Manga and the art of public bathing – Outside-the-box accomodation in Tokyo

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Japan has done it again. Despite putting up with a considerable deflation and a weaker yen, Tokyo has overtaken the Swiss city of Zurich to resume its position as the world’s most expensive… Continue reading

To the beautiful people of Tibet – A happy and peaceful 2140

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This week marked the arrival of the year 2140 for the people of Tibet. But Losar this year, as for the past 5 years, is celebrated sadly, quietly in private homes, with major… Continue reading

The Dodo did not survive but beautiful Mauritius lives on

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Imagine this – 9th of February 1507 (exactly 506 years ago today), a Portuguese naval expedition captained by Tristão da Cunha heading towards the Bay of Bengal, in running into turbulent weather is forced to… Continue reading

The highlands I once knew are fast vanishing – Cameron highlands, Malaysia

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I visited Cameron Highlands several times during my 6 year stay in Malaysia. When you live in congested, smothering Kuala Lumpur escaping to the cooler climate of the highlands helps you regain your… Continue reading

Catalan Pyrenees – Top rural most searched agritourism destination in 2012

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Ecotourism, agritourism, alternative tourism, rural tourism – we all mean well and want to do the best for our environment, but when all these buzzwords are thrown at us is confusing at best… Continue reading

DREAMING OF ICELAND IN A HOT SYDNEY SUMMER DAY

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As Christmas begins to feel like a distant memory and the seemingly never-ending weeks of work loom ahead, dreams of holidays inevitably pop up from time to time (read: everyday). Last week was… Continue reading

A true story behind No-mad´s homepage image

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I was looking for an image that captivated the No-mad vision and I came across Norbert´s enchanting portrait. Everything about it was right – the colours, the composition, the intense minimalism… I was… Continue reading

Reliving old Peranakaan moments – Singapore, Melaka and Penang

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Very often we try to erase our past because it simply does not fit with our present. We take an unexpected turn and we force every moment we leave behind into oblivion. I… Continue reading

Rakiura/Stewart Island, the Southern land of Glowing Skies

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Accustomed as we are to hear people raving, and deservedly so,  about the unforgettable experience that is to watch the Aurora Borealis in some of the high latitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere, we… Continue reading

Want to join Russia´s (virtual) space project? – Now could be the right time

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Last year was quite an eventful time for our happy little office. Amongst many light-hearted events and team-building exercises involving fancy-dressed bowling, trivia quizzes and soccer competitions, every now and then, we sat… Continue reading