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Trouble seems to erupt around the world on a regular basis unfortunately. Most recently this has occurred in Thailand where we run a large number of tours including one of our most popular - Wilderness Adventure. We are currently monitoring the situation and sincerely hope things calm down over there which we are sure they will. At the moment there has been no need to amend any trips.
I have just returned from the most amazing family holiday ever - an 8-day exploration of the Galapagos Islands.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is due to begin around 1st September and end around 1st October 2008. These dates are confirmed by the “Mufti” (the State Religious Advisor, appointed by the government) according to the cycle of the moon.
As many people know, Chinese love setting off firecrackers - especially extremely colourful ones at major festivals or events, such as the recent opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games here in Beijing. But how and why has it become so popular in China?
One of the most memorable things I have done on my travels with Imaginative Traveller is to go on a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia in Turkey. For me, it was an absolute highlight of my trip, even though the alarm clock had to be set for 4.15am! Trust me, it was well worth it!
The best piece of advice I was given for travelling in India was to pack a sense of humour. I found myself laughing hysterically every single day that I was there. I was not laughing at people or being disrespectful it was just that I experienced sights and events which I found funny.
Amongst the Maharajahs trip report by Christina Zanvettor
Seeing as Georgia is in the news I felt the need to put some of my own memories down about this amazing country after a visit there a few years ago. I didn't actually know a whole lot about the region (Georgia or Armenia) and had only spoken to one person who'd been before, but after a couple of trips to the local library to read what little literature was available I decided it rather intrigued me.
At a recent (rain-filled) barbeque, my family had an amusing conversation about weird and wonderful foods that we had all sampled throughout the world. In a nutshell, I was the outright winner.
From jellyfish in Japan to Guinea Pig in Peru, I have enjoyed, and in some cases not so much, unique delicacies prepared lovingly in different countries.
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