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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Bay Islands, Honduras
November 22, 2016
Blog Post

At this time of year, as we join our family and friends and reflect on what we're thankful for, a common thread that unites the staff here at Zegrahm is, of course, travel. Here are just a few of the moments—across all seven continents—we're most grateful for experiencing over the past year: 

 

Sean Koenig | Program Manager

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
November 16, 2016
Blog Post

The block of former Soviet republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan—is the new frontier for audacious adventurers. Here’s what you need to know about visiting Central Asia.

 

It’s About Time

Travel to Central Asia is most pleasant during spring and autumn months, avoiding the blistering desert heat during summer and the sharp chills of winter. While we have timed our...

Klaipeda, Lithuania
November 16, 2016
Blog Post

Like silk, amber was once considered so valuable that it earned a namesake trade route. Stretching from the Baltic coast across Bohemia to the Danube—then forking on to Greece, Italy, the Black Sea, and beyond to Asia Minor—the Amber Route dates from the Bronze Age, when merchants exchanged the semi-precious stone for ceramics, glassware, copper, and coins of silver and gold. In turn, amber was used to make jewelry and decorative pieces, perfumes and folkloric potions.

Amber,...

Sapporo, Japan
November 3, 2016
Blog Post

This election season, we at Zegrahm vote for a straight ticket to adventure with this informal ballot of top expeditions for 2018. It’s a competitive race, stretching across three continents with a referendum on nature and new cultural experiences.

Here’s a look at our 2018 candidates:

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Tallinn, Estonia
November 1, 2016
Blog Post

The news of the day is filled with trade agreements, financial influence, the effects of capitalism, and growing competition from outsiders. Welcome to Northern Europe circa 1400.

During the Middle Ages, trading towns around the Continent developed a burgeoning middle class of merchants, or burghers, and skilled artisans. As these towns grew in wealth and power, many banded together to protect their commodities and crafts against...

Havana, Cuba
September 30, 2016
Video

Our conversation with Expedition Leaders Nadia Eckhardt and Rich Pagen comes to a close; watch as they share what they're most looking forward to when returning to Cuba in the next few months. Hint: Rich is ready to relax with a mojito! Thanks for tuning in this week, and be sure to click the links below to catch the entire series! 

 

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Cuban Local
September 29, 2016
Video

Our conversation with Expedition Leaders Nadia Eckhardt and Rich Pagen continues! Watch as they describe the friendly locals you'll encounter, the vibrant music scene, and the currency needed during your adventure. And, be sure to stay tuned for Part 5: Nadia & Rich Share Why They're Excited to Return to Cuba.

 

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Heart of Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

Culture of Cuba

A rich mix of Taino, Spanish, African, French, and English influences, Cuba’s soulful culture is all its own. This small country has contributed mightily to Latin-Caribbean literature, art, music, and dance. Poet, writer, and national hero José Marti helped usher in the Modernismo literary movement; works by painter Wifredo Lam hang in MoMA and Paris’s Centre Pompidou, and the National Ballet of Cuba, based in Havana, is world renowned. Look for art...

Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

With a diverse culture that includes African, Spanish, French, and Asian influences, Cuba has left its mark on everything from world music and literature to major league sports. Here is just a short list of famous Cubans:

 

Desi Arnaz

Best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the TV series I Love Lucy, in which he starred opposite real-life wife Lucille Ball, Arnaz—who hailed from Santiago de Cuba—was also an...

Havana, Cuba
September 28, 2016
Blog Post

For an island smaller in size than the state of Pennsylvania, Cuba looms large on the world heritage stage with nine UNESCO-designated sites—more than Egypt, Vietnam, or all of Indonesia. Fortunately for Zegrahm travelers, we visit more than half of them on upcoming excursions to the Caribbean nation.

 

Old Havana

The city’s entire old center, as well as its fortifications, was named to the list for its mix of Baroque and neoclassical...

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