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The best breakfasts from around the world   (published in Global News)

September 11, 2014 by   Comments(0)

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We've received some wonderful images from around the world showcasing our hash tag #breakfastabroad. From a typical Tico breakfast to delicious Indian eggs and Luna Miris, here are some of our favourite morning treats.

Breakfast from around the world:

An amazing looking breakfast from @markwijs. Indian scrambled eggs with garam masala, cumin and spinach topped with a mint tumeric yoghurt.

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The best breakfasts from around the world
The best breakfasts from around the world

Mexican Independence Day celebration: Viva México!   (published in Mexico)

September 16, 2014 by   Comments(0)

The 16th of September is the Mexican Fiesta par excellence! On this day Mexicans all over the world celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. 

As you know, indigenous peoples were the first to inhabit what is now known as Mexico. They created great civilizations such as the Olmec, the Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec, and of course the most powerful of all, the Aztec (Mexica) Empire. However, in 1521, after the arrival of Columbus, about 500 Spanish soldiers arrived in Mexico headed by Hernán Cortés who would later defeat the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán. This was the beginning of three centuries of Spanish rule in what was known as La Nueva España (New Spain).

In the early hours of September 16, 1810, catholic priest Hidalgo, alongside several other conspirators, rang the bell of his little church calling the people to rise against the oppression of the local Spanish hierarchy (and not against the Spanish crown). This was the beginning of the Independence War, which lasted 10 years and which culminated with the pact between the Mexican insurgents and the Spanish creoles to create the first form of government in Mexico.

Nowadays, Mexicans everywhere celebrate this date to commemorate the fight against oppression. Streets, houses, buildings and cars are decorated everywhere in the country. On every street corner there are vendors selling flags, balloons, sombreros and rehiletes, all with the green, white and red colors of our flag.

In Guadalajara, the local state government organizes a street military parade to celebrate the bravery of those who devote their lives to the security of the country. People of the country take special pride in their security forces and this is the date in which they celebrate them.

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Mexican Independence Day celebration: Viva México!
Mexican Independence Day celebration: Viva México!

Sunrises and secrets   (published in Botswana)

September 16, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Today started quiet, with a beautiful sunrise but no morning activity. After saying goodbye to Anais, we went for a picnic. I was surprised to see a paved road in the middle of the bush. We drove about an hour and arrived at the dry riverbed of the Motlouse River, at Solomon’s Walls. Dicks told us that a farmer named Solomon lived there and found diamonds in the riverbed, but no one else has. We found a nice shady spot with a little pool nearby. The rock formations were gorgeous – amazing how the river can create such beautiful art. The river is lined with very fabulous Mashatu trees, great for shade. It’s amazing how much water disappears from the river during the dry season! After returning to camp everyone relaxed, games, books, etc. Morgane and Tommaso made bread (YUM) over the fire. For dinner, delicious kebabs over the fire – so good… Since tomorrow, Sunday, is a free day, we all sat around the fire longer than usual. I love the fires. So far a FABULOUS TIME!!


Mary Steponkus, 37 years old, 3 weeks of stay, USA

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Sunrises and secrets
Sunrises and secrets

An “all-inclusive package”…   (published in Botswana)

September 16, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Every day is a great day in Kwa Tuli, but today was awesome! After a good breakfast, we leave the camp for the baobab census. On the road we saw an incredible number of animals: four groups of zebras, a group of giraffes, some elephants and a leopard! We also saw a lion’s footprints. In the morning we work with four baobabs. When I left for Botswana, my friend said to me: “You will go in Botswana just for huge baobabs!” Well, today I did it. Ah ah! On the way for the camp we saw a little crocodile on the bottom of the river and a big elephant family during the lunch. In the afternoon we did elephant ID. Well, at Mamatumi we did not find them but we saw a lot of zebras and elephants when we drove around with the car. We also saw giraffes, probably the same as the morning, and a brown hyena!! Wow! I stay at the camp only for a week, but in a single day I saw really a lot! I am a lucky man! A very great day in Kwa Tuli!


Tommaso Scotti, 21 years old, 1 week of stay, Italy

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An “all-inclusive package”…
An “all-inclusive package”…

Social Gathering in September   (published in Cambodia)

September 16, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Every month, Projects Abroad arranges a number activites for us to participate in. The very first social gathering took place at the wonderful restaurant Friends which had amazing food, lovely interior and best of all - their goal is to make children's lives better. The company, drinks and food were all great...oh, and we also ate spiders! We know, we or it didn't happen, right? Head over to the "Everyday life in Cambodia" album. Not something you do (or would want to do) every day, eh?

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Social Gathering in September
Social Gathering in September

Worldwide experiences! By Sara   (published in Kenya)

September 15, 2014 by   Comments(0)

Dag allemaal, hier zijn we weer, een tijdje geleden, ik weet het. Pole (sorry), maar het is hier drukker dan drukst! De voorbije week heb ik wat andere projecten bezocht, zoals verschillende scholen en een sport-project. Zo heb ik diverse ervaringen in meerdere projecten, zeer verrijkend. Vorige week ging ik naar de school van Kate, een andere vrijwilliger die reeds voor de 3de keer Kenia was. Met geld van haar thuisland heeft ze meerdere klaslokalen gebouwd en een voedselproject opgestart. Dit laatste is voor de kinderen waarvan de ouders de lunch op school niet kunnen betalen. We speelden wat spelletjes met de kinderen en kregen een gehele rondleiding. Verder ging ik ook naar het sportveld met andere vrijwilligers! Het was de verjaardag van de voetbalcoach Milli, vandaar deze groepsfoto. We speelden wat voetbalcompetities, belgische/australische/duitse spelletjes, jaja hier leerde nog wat bij! Vorige week was een zeer sportieve week! We hebben ongeveer elke week een ‘social’ met alle vrijwilligers. Dit keer was het ‘sitting volleyball’, een team van vrijwilligers tegen een team van mensen met een fysieke handicap! Ze zijn wel echt super goed, ni te doen! Op het einde vroegen ze of ik deel wou uitmaken van hun team, yeeeeeey! Maar de dag erna was ik MEGA stijf, overal! Blauwe plekken, stijve spieren, ohoho - niks gewoon! Die avond gingen we met een aantal vrijwilligers op Hyrrax Hill, makkelijk te beklimmen berg maar super mooi zicht op geheel Nakuru en Lake Nakuru. We bleven daar tot de zon onderging, prachtig en iets om nooit te vergeten. Memories, memories.. Probleem was dat we in het donker terug moesten afdalen, wat een beetje gevaarlijk was. Maar we hebben het gehaald! KISUMU!!! Dat was het tripje van het weekend! Prachtige ...

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Worldwide experiences! By Sara
Worldwide experiences! By Sara

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