Lewa Downs – Sirikoi Safari Lodge

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Kenya has many faces – from the slums of Kibera to the unbelievable luxury of some safari lodges, from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi to the vast emptiness of the savanna, from the stunning views of the Rift valley from the open windows of a matatu bus to the stunning views of Mount Kenya [...]

Moving to Greece

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Yes folks, it’s official. We have left Freiburg and now live in Greece! It’s been a long time coming, but we’re so happy to have taken this major step. The past weeks have been rather tiring and hectic, but all the effort was worth it. I was especially busy because I needed to fly back [...]

Workshops at Free and Real – Nutrition

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One of the things I was looking forward to most about coming to Free and Real were the regular workshops that they organise. It worked out perfectly because I would be able to attend three workshops during my six week stay in Evia: nutrition; mushrooms and funghi; and soap making. The first workshop was on [...]

The Fahrradwerkstatt in Freiburg

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The Fahrradwerkstatt (bike workshop) in Freiburg is legendary. If you live here and own a bike (and just about everyone does), chances are you’ve been. It began way back in 1980 – before I was even born. A group of environmentally-minded students got together and formed the workshop in the basement of the FABRIK, a centre for handicrafts, [...]

Manuel Antonio National Park

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Now it’s my turn to complain about the cold weather! OK, perhaps it’s not as cold as Freiburg at the moment, but it’s colder than I expected it to be in Greece. So to bring back a few warm (or perhaps I should say hot and humid) memories, I’ve decided to write about Costa Rica [...]

Samburu National Park: a day at Sasaab Lodge

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As I’ve already mentioned, there is nothing typical about a typical day at Sasaab. Even just waking up to this sight would be enough to make any average day pretty cool… And of course this sight, along with the fresh hot coffee waiting for you on the deck, makes waking up at 5.30 slightly more [...]

Urban Gardening in Athens

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The Greek capital is changing. Slowly, but it’s changing. Marousi, where Vicky’s parents live, is the first municipality in Athens to introduce an official urban gardening scheme. The idea is simple: take a disused, vacant piece of land and divide it into sections. Then let local residents apply for a section on a first-come, first-served [...]

Samburu National Park: Arriving at Sasaab Lodge

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It has been snowing in Freiburg the past couple of days and, even though it’s beautiful, the cold weather has made me daydream about warmer climates. I can’t stop thinking about our last trip to Kenya, and what a stunningly beautiful country it is. Volunteering with Basecamp in the Masai Mara was an unforgettable experience [...]

Back at Free and Real

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When I left Free and Real in June, I knew I would be back again before the end of the year. It’s that sort of a place. It took slightly longer than I expected (six months in fact), but I was very happy to be finally heading back to Evia. The last time I was [...]

Basecamp Masai Mara: the sustainability tour

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Basecamp Masai Mara is part of Basecamp Explorer, the ecotourism branch of the Basecamp Group, a tourism company that operates several destinations throughout the world in an “enlightened and responsible way”. Whilst in Kenya, we spent time working and learning at Basecamp Masai Mara, but also worked for Basecamp Foundation, the not-for-profit branch of the [...]