Samhain and Halloween

Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, where people would wear costumes and light bonfires to scare off evil spirits. In the 18th century, All Saints Day was celebrated on the first of November. Eventually, when the traditions of All Saints Day became intertwined with the Celtic festival, Samhain, a new celebration called, …

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Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Sitting next to the beautiful and mysterious Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle has had many owners and seen many battles.It was a medieval stronghold for over 500 years. The Scots and the English fought over the castle's control during the Wars of Independence and the Lords of the Isles raided the castle well into the 16th …

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Edinburgh’s Secret Underground Street: Mary King’s Close

Edinburgh’s buildings conceal a hidden street called Mary King’s Close. Underneath the Royal Mile, an underground street remained almost untouched for hundreds of years. A long street with narrow passageways conceals houses from the 17th century. The street was the second largest in Edinburgh and was used as a market. All different social classes lived …

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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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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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