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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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Discover Cuba
September 29, 2016
Blog Post

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
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...

Gibara, Cuba
September 27, 2016
Blog Post

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
Blog Post

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
Blog Post

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,...

Iranian Vineyard
July 20, 2016
Blog Post

An ancient Persian tale tells of a beautiful princess who falls out of favor with the mythic King Jamshid. Heartbroken, the young woman tries to poison herself by drinking a jar filled with the juice of spoiled grapes. Instead of death, however, she experiences a rather pleasant, euphoric feeling before falling asleep. Upon waking, she rushes to tell the king of her discovery. Elated, the sovereign welcomes the princess back to his harem and decrees that all grapes grown in Persepolis...

Taroko National Park, Taiwan
July 20, 2016
Blog Post

If there is one thing in life worth devouring, we believe it is the natural wonders found around this amazing planet of ours. Case in point: Taroko National Park. 

Located just north of Hualien along Taiwan’s eastern coast, Taroko is one of Asia’s hidden jewels. Spanning some 350 square miles through the Central Mountain Range, the park contains more than a quarter of the country’s 100 peaks. It also is blessed with incredible biodiversity; comprising nearly every...

Attu Island, Aletuian Islands, Alaska
July 5, 2016
Blog Post

In 1942, the Japanese invaded two Aleutian Islands—Kiska and Attu—only six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. What is now known as “The Forgotten Battle” began during the early morning hours of June 6, when 500 Japanese soldiers landed on Kiska, taking the 10-man US Navy Weather Detachment (the island’s only inhabitants) by complete surprise. Attu Island had been invaded two days before, and 42 native Aleuts were taken prisoner. Though this was the only US soil Japan would claim...

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