Elizabeth Willoughby is a Canadian freelance writer and photographer based near Munich since 2004. Her current regular gigs include WorldGuide, where she is the author of its adventure travel page called Tales from the Road; Look to the Stars, where she is the international correspondent writing pieces on charitable acts by celebrities; and Munich University's insightLMU, where she is a regular contributor to the magazine's interesting people and academics pages. Previously, she lived in Sao Paulo for nearly a decade, where she wrote two regular columns for Brazil's only bilingual newspaper, Sunday News. The columns were called Going Places, on South American travel, and Letters Home, a tongue-in-cheek look at culture-clash. Ms. Willoughby resides in the foothills of Germany's Alps.
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A month ago, in the days leading up to Christmas, fire broke out at Domaine de Grand Pré near Wolfville, Nova Scotia. It’s the oldest winery in Atlantic Canada, with an enviable position overlooking the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin and Grand Pré’s Acadian cultural landscape that became a UNESCO [...]
Pre-breakfast Treasures This is not a typical morning for me, mostly because it’s 5:30 a.m. and I am not snoozing, but also because I am kneeling on a sidewalk with my head bowed respectfully, holding a pot of sticky rice, waiting for a procession of monks. This is not an [...]
Arriving at my riad mid-afternoon, my knock sounds frail against the B&B's heavy, cedar door. A man in camouflage pants, scruffy shirt and baseball cap leads a ragged donkey and cart up the alley. I move closer to the door to give way. Listening for sounds of movement on the other side of the mass of wood…
I buy a ticket to Kashmir where there is a lull in the conflicts, a houseboat on Dal Lake and “Paradise on Earth.” There is a reason so many say they love India, and I'm going to find out why.
I am a fan of adventure. I am not a fan of crowds – tourist crowds in particular. But where to go for some article fodder while avoiding throngs of tourists? I wrack my brain. Suddenly the answer comes to me – it's so obvious: I should chase down Dracula in Romania.
The port in early morning is all hustle and bustle as crews are loading up the ships. Dollies and wagons carry crates and equipment down the dock past a long row of vessels' sterns. Dive tanks are tossed from man to man and slipped into slots ready for the first dive, or clanged into piles on decks for the subsequent ones.
Someone has just radioed us the whereabouts of a pride of lions and we're hot on its trail in the Oganva Reserve in northern Namibia. Although it's a sunny afternoon, the rainy season began last month – the vegetation is green and the dirt trails that we follow are bumpy and puddled.
I arrive at Capital Park Station in Pretoria, South Africa for a 1,600-kilometer train ride to Cape Town.
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