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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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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...

Australia's Kimberley
October 28, 2016
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As we put our finishing touches on our upcoming expedition to Australia’s remote Kimberley region, you might say our expert field staff is getting “stoked” (excited). For one, they’ll be joined by Richard Gilmore, Australia division director of The Nature Conservancy, who will offer his insights through a series of lectures...

Bran Castle
October 28, 2016
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Despite numerous natural and cultural attractions—including seven Saxon-built fortified churches and the historic center of Sighisoara, designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Transylvania region of central Romania is forever linked with the infamous legend of Dracula.

Romanians can thank (and for many years, they cursed) Irish author Bram Stoker for that notorious distinction. It was his Gothic horror novel, Dracula, published in 1897, that gave...

Discover Cuba
September 29, 2016
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Columbus left Spain in 1492 and, after first landing in the Bahamas, continued on to visit Cuba’s shores. There he found thick vegetation and peaceful Taino Indians, who had inhabited the island for at least 3,000 years. Within the next two decades, the Spanish Empire would wipe out most of the indigenous population and, in turn, transport upwards of 30,000 slaves from Africa to work vast plantations of cash crops, most notably sugar cane.

Between the late-...

Cuba
September 28, 2016
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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
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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...

Gibara, Cuba
September 27, 2016
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Since the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in 2015, it seems just about everyone is clamoring to escort Americans around the enigmatic Caribbean island; even mega cruise lines have gotten on the act. Yet while others might offer the chance to sample tasty Torticas de Moron (Cuban sugar cookies), you’ll never get a cookie-cutter itinerary traveling with us.

Consider our upcoming...

Mongolian Wrestling Match
September 8, 2016
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Tese Neighbor has a Masters degree in Asia Studies, and has been teaching contemporary Asian history for the past 30 years. She first visited Inner Mongolia in 1982 when she was living in Beijing, China, and has returned to the Gobi Desert numerous times. Last summer, she was particularly thrilled to journey to Mongolia during the Naadam Festival.

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Antarctic Peninsula
August 16, 2016
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Though the ancient Greeks first hypothesized the existence of a southern landmass, Antarctica remained undiscovered throughout most of human history. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that the existence of this mythic land was finally confirmed.

1773

Captain James Cook crosses the Antarctic Circle and circumnavigates Antarctica, though he never actually sights land.

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Ancient Roman Sarcophagus, Agrigento
August 4, 2016
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Allan Langdale is an art historian and lecturer, who earned his doctorate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His specialties include Italian Renaissance art and architecture, medieval art, and Byzantine art. His recent publications include the definitive guidebook to the art and archaeology of northern Cyprus and the travelogue,...

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