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A few weeks ago we had the chance to spend the day with Paul Bruns, founder of Hlumelelisa, a non-profit that works with prison inmates to train them in horticulture and gardening as a way to contribute to their rehabilitation and reintegration into society. The need to heal and renew the spirit underpins the principles of Hlumelelisa, and is reflected in its name which is the Nguni word for "a new spirit". The initiative, a 10-month program, embraces permaculture principles, focusing on water management and seed conservation for a

Our last stop in East Africa, after Kenya and Uganda was Rwanda. We flew in to Kigali early on Friday morning and hung out at the “Ikirezi Bookshop” – a fantastic spot full of great books (note: just as some people have a soft spot for handbags or shoes, my Achilles heel is books) and with a café serving delicious smoothies with a metallic reusable straw no less! After enjoying this book lovers’ paradise, we feasted at the Italian restaurant Brachetto before finally hitting the road and heading

During our week in Uganda, we were lucky to be invited to spend a weekend on the Nile. On Saturday morning we drove just over two hours out of Kampala before turning off the tarmac road onto a nondescript red dirt road – I love the color, which is even more vivid in Uganda than in Kenya. Children played in front of mud houses and waved frantically as we “muzungus” drove by, a common occurrence in every rural area we have visited so far and which somehow never

During our whirlwind 5-day tour of Spain a few weeks ago, which included Madrid and its surroundings from Rioja all the way to Salamanca, we did a lot of driving. To balance that out, we reached out to a few WorkAway projects to try and visit a small-scale farm in order to get a better feel for what the soil is like, whether there is a community around sustainable or organic small-scale agriculture, and other such critical details we could factor into the big decision: Portugal or Spain? Kahlyn

While exploring central Portugal, we looked up a few WorkAway projects (similar to woofing) and – although most require at least a week stay – reached out to them to see if we could stop by for a day or so to see the setup and get some insights on life in the region. Alex and Karina were kind enough to welcome us to their farm, Olives & Acorns, for what ended up being two days and two nights. They are near Penamacor, which is not far from the

Highly Recommended: In Lisbon: Food & Drink – Tasca do Esquina, SukhoThai, Red Frog; Visit – Oceanorium Outside Lisbon: Visits – Sintras, Cascais, Obidos, Foz de Arelho The Story: When we landed in Lisbon, our first instinct was to head out of the city to explore surroundings. We stopped in Cascais for lunch, a small town a 30min drive from Lisbon, as quaint and picturesque as I remembered it from back in 2013. The Cascais Citadel houses a high end boutique hotel and a great restaurant Taberna da Praca (they claim

We left New York City on Friday. It is still surreal, and will probably take quite a while to sink in. That said, I can already say that there are some things I will miss a lot and others not so much. I will miss

Avant notre grand départ, nous désirions faire une dernière escapade dans un coin des US qu’on ne connaissait pas. Shahnaz connaissait déjà Chicago où elle va régulièrement pour le boulot mais pas moi. C’est apparemment une très belle ville mais bon, à part quelques particularités, certainement une autre métropole nord-américaine. Nous avons finalement opté pour Detroit. Detroit ? Mais pourquoi s’exclamèrent la majorité des gens à qui nous en parlions. Oui, pourquoi ? Detroit, c’est le symbole de la ville américaine en déclin, avec son taux de chômage qui crève le

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