Costa Rica’s amazing volcanoes

Costa Rica’s amazing volcanoes

If you’ve read some of our earlier blog posts about Costa Rica, you’ll know that it’s one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. Despite taking up only 0.03% of the Earth’s surface, Costa Rica contains a whopping 6% of the world’s...
The many hummingbirds of Costa Rica.

The many hummingbirds of Costa Rica.

Quick – what do you call a tiny little bird that seems to defy the laws of physics and hums loudly while it does it? That’s right, The Amazing Physics Defying Bird. Or I guess you could call it a hummingbird if you were feeling particularly uninspired. Hummingbirds...
Hanging with the sloths in Costa Rica

Hanging with the sloths in Costa Rica

If you’re wild for wildlife, you should consider going to Costa Rica. It’s home to over half a million different animal species making it one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. A sloth – he’s upside down but he’s absolutely fine....
The love market of Vietnam

The love market of Vietnam

What would you assume a love market is? A market selling romantic gifts, or aphrodisiacs maybe? That’s what I thought it was. I’m sure some of those do exist, but this love market is different. The Khau Vai Love Market Festival is held every year on the 26th and 27th...
Vietnam’s milky breast fruit

Vietnam’s milky breast fruit

In Vietnam, you may come across a fruit you probably haven’t seen in Sainsbury’s before.  This is a Vú Sữa: Vú Sữa – it’s a type of fruit. Translated, Vú Sữa means milky breast. The fruit comes from a tropical tree native to the West Indies, but now...
Vietnamese Water Puppets

Vietnamese Water Puppets

Vietnamese water puppets – photo: chriskay Water puppetry is a Vietnamese tradition that dates back almost a thousand years. Think of it as a more refined Punch & Judy show with less shouting and a lot more water! And the band played on… – photo:...
All about seals, sea lions and walruses

All about seals, sea lions and walruses

There are many different types of seal – Seal (the famous singer), seal (the semi-aquatic marine mammal) and seal (the seal around a shower door). Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s the marine mammal that we’re looking at here. A harbour seal, swimming around. Photo: Tony...
The Perfume River of Vietnam

The Perfume River of Vietnam

Perfume River, from the air. Photo: Oscar Saunders I reckon this might be the most romantically named river ever. It certainly beats ‘The Thames’ which, by the way, is said to mean dark or wide. Dark because it’s filthy I guess. Perfume River isn’t its official name,...
Wintery myths and legends

Wintery myths and legends

January may be well behind us, but we’ve still got at least another month of winter (except in Newcastle Upon Tyne, where it seems to be winter permanently). We know that spring will soon be here, but in the past people couldn’t be so sure. So what did folk around the...
Unusual races from around the world

Unusual races from around the world

As January comes to an end, so does many people’s motivation for sticking to their New Year’s resolutions. Running to keep fit seemed like a great idea at 11:30pm on New Year’s Eve, but a month later, as the snow starts to fall, you might start thinking that a less...