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We Are Fire — The Dance of the Devils by Michael Sealey

It is two o´clock in the morning in Calpe on the Costa Blanca. On duty at the top of the main high street is a fire engine. Waiting alongside it are six firemen prepared for action. Flame proof suits and yellow helmets; fire extinguishers to hand. Down the street, sloping between shops and apartment blocks […]

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Tea with Keiko by Maria Howard

We meet at ten o’clock on Sunday at Jodo-Ji temple in Onomichi, a port on Japan’s inland sea. As instructed, I toss 100 yen between the wooden slats at the entrance and prostrate myself in front of the altar. Explaining the fluidity between Buddhism and Shinto in Japanese culture, Keiko then leads me to the […]

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Thirteen Days of Hiking on Corsica — Cascades de Purcaraccia

The deceptively easy path near the start of the trailIf you’re headed to the mountains on Corsica, chances are you’ll happen upon Bocca di Larone, a popular starting point for several of hikes. You’ll at least drive by it on your way to Col de Bavella, the starting point of our second hike to the […]

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Thirteen Days of Hiking on Corsica — The Tavignano Valley

You will no doubt remember my first tip from our first day of hiking on Corsica: Book your accommodation as close to your hiking destination as possible to avoid the notoriously slow traffic on the main roads. So for our third day of hiking we set out for Corte, 87k to the north of our […]

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What Strangers Do at [PANK]

I have a troubling story at [PANK]. I’m thrilled to have a story there. A dream. But it’s a story that you will not be reading to your children and one you probably will find difficult to read to yourself. I actually read it aloud for the site–and that was difficult for me. There are […]

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Thirteen Days of Hiking on Corsica — Col de Bavella to the Paliri Hut

Today we’re on the trail from Col de Bavella to the Paliri Hut. Do you like narrow serpentine roads graced with sheer drop-offs, crumbly guardrails, and pigs running wild? Well, half-wild and not exactly running. They seem bored by the constant stream of cars. Col de Bavella is a popular starting point for lots of […]

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