Swimming with Whale Sharks: A Mexican Adventure

The whale shark season in Mexico, Playa del Carmen is from May to September. The Adventure Begins Setting off at dawn, I traveled to Puerto Juarez port, near Cancun to start the adventure. In a small boat of around 10 people, you make your way deep into the ocean, speeding along and jumping over the …

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The Royal African Company and Edward Colston

In the early years of slavery, most enslaved Africans were brought from Dutch traders and sold on as property. In 1619, around 20 Africans were purchased from Dutchmen in Jamestown, Virginia to work in English colonies tobacco fields. The Royal African Company had a monopoly on the west African slave trade. It was originally led …

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Trekking Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Three volcanoes overlook Antigua in Guatemala. FuegoIn June 2018 the volcano erupted, leaving the surrounding area destroyed by ash and mud over a year later.In November 2018 Fuego Volcano erupted again, causing 4000 people to flee for their livesAguaAcatenango Around a hour and a half drive away is Pacaya Volcano. When driving from Antigua to …

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A History of Spiritualism

The idea of ghosts has been around for centuries. Halloween, All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day and Bonfire Night where effigies of Guy Fawkes are burnt are still celebrated today.  The communication with ghosts developed into a religion with people, who said they could talk to spirits of the dead. They were called mediums. The belief …

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The Maya Place of Voices

Human sacrifice, jungles, towering temples... this is the stuff of myth and legend. The Maya civilisation originated in central America and lives on through Maya communities and decedents today. In Mexico and Central America, almost 5 million people speak over 70 Maya languages. The Maya lived and still live in Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, El Salvador …

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Tutankhamun’s Treasures

Tutankhamun is believed to have ascended the throne around the age of eight/nine years and at the beginning of his reign he married his sister Princess Ankhesenamon (originally called Ankhesenpaaton), daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.  Born in 1334 BC and died around 18 years old. He actually has the smallest royal tomb in the Valley …

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