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- Constantine Peter Cavafy "Ithaca"
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TRAVEL MEMOIRS
BELGIUM

I first saw Sint-Janshospitaal while cruising along the canals of Bruges. Tall gothic windows looked over the water. In medieval times this wing doubled as both a chapel and a ward.
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MALAYSIA

Oh no! we are stuck! Esther cries in dismay. The Land Rover, driven by a quiet native man, is mired down deeply. We are on the way to the trailhead for a mountain trek to view the Mulu Pinnacles and now we are stopped in a huge muddy section of the narrow, tree lined jungle track.
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MEXICO

The Maya flourished for centuries in the dry hot desert of the Yucatan Peninsula, establishing a society which has kept archeologists busy with study. How? The presence of easily accessed underground fresh water.
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ITALY

By the time we left the hotel, it was already late afternoon, and our plane left at dawn. The buildings shimmered with a golden glow particular to Italian cities of stone and marble. After fortifying ourselves with an espresso, we strolled to the stylish Via Veneto.
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BORNEO

The night sky brightens abruptly as quick stabs of lightning pierce the dark tropical clouds while we glide onto the airport runway. The fierce storm shakes our plane and the rain obscures the scant glow of the landing lights. We are at Kota Kinabalu (KK as the locals call it) in North Borneo.
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INDONESIA

I was standing on the slopes of an Indonesian volcano, covered in mud, trying to remember how exactly I came to be there. I cast my mind back to my teen years when I read a fascinating book about the magical beauty of Bali. Bali resurfaced forty years later when I saw a travel agent advertising Balinese tour packages.
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STARRY NIGHTS

Every night before going to bed I go out onto my terrace to look up at the sky. Almost every night of the year I see thousands of stars above me, and I give thanks for my beautiful home in my own corner of heaven. And of course I always recall other nights when Ive gazed up at this breathtaking display.
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OMAN

Down the beach, the sky was full of circling birds. They squawked and shrieked to show their disapproval at being denied free food while they took turns swooping towards a crowd of young Omani men pulling enormous nets out of the water.
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