Wild adventures in Patmos

I write this from the island of Patmos. I am staying in Skala but the view from my balcony is the historical white walled city village of Chora crowned by the Monastery of St John the Theologian. As pretty as it is here with its Tamerisk lined beaches, something beckons me towards this Christian mecca. …

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Welcome rain and flamingos

The rains are late this year in Greece.  Everyone is waiting.  The olives need it to plump up ready for the harvest and the rivers want replenishing.  Just like elsewhere climatic changes are altering the seasonal shifts; the tick tock of the annual clock. Climatic uncertainty affects our ontological security, that is when things that …

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Day 4: Woodpeckers, snorkelling and night-time adventures…

I am writing this sat under a mimosa, the light is fading, flocks of noisy toucans head towards their roost, the occasional howler monkey’s monster-like call can be heard coming from the trees in the distance, and the night time insects begin their chorus.  In front of me there is a makeshift football pitch where …

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Day 2: San Jose to Gandoca: sloths, vultures and desolate shores

  It is a 6am breakfast and a 7am departure from the hotel.  The sun is shining and the city looks better already. Today we are taking a five hour drive to Gandoca which is a stretch of coastline at the very south east corner of the country bordering Panama.  Our guide, Jonathon is a …

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