Masiphumelele is a township near Cape Town that is home to more than 45,000 people. Unemployment is strife and living conditions are poor but the kids, with their big smiles, boundless energy, enthusiasm and curiosity, are a beacon of hope.
Cycling around the township and speaking with the locals, I learned about the efforts of the government, in partnership with non-profits and residents to alleviate poverty in this community. New housing and schools are being built, sewage is being improved, and the library, where kids come to play, read and take classes in English and computers, is a busy place. Wherever we went, we were surrounded by kids who jumped on our bikes and chatted excitedly with us – their enthusiasm and joy was infectious. The bike tour through the township, organised by AWOL tours, was an inspiring lesson in empowerment and grit, an experience that truly humbled me.
The Iguassu Falls are one of the world’s greatest waterfalls. Straddling the border of Brazil and Argentina, an average of 1,746 cubic square meters of water tumble down the cliffs every second! With that much water, you’re bound to get wet!
This Buddha sits serenely at the entrance of the magnificent Bayon temple, one of the many highlights in the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia. Bayon is also known as the ‘temple of faces’ due to the 181 faces that adorn the walls and columns of the temple.
Read the accompanying post: “The wonders of Angkor Wat“.
The Canadian Rockies, with its daunting peaks, impressive glaciers, gushing rivers, aquamarine and turquoise lakes and towering pine trees, is a terrific region for scenic road trips. There are many routes to choose from but there’s one route that shouldn’t be missed: the Icefield Parkway that runs from Jasper to Banff!
Positano is a small town on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast, just south of Naples. This part of the Italian coastline is marked by steep cliffs that seemingly plunge into the depths of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea so it truly is amazing how a town could ever have been built on these precarious slopes. Positano today is a charming town with cheery pastel-coloured houses stacked atop one another. The views of the town and the sea are simply breathtaking and these two spots sure provide some of the best views from above. Imagine a room with one of these views!
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