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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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Agrigento, Sicily
June 8, 2015
Blog Post

The collective whisper of an olive grove’s rustling leaves at twilight, the trees seem to exhale after a day beneath the intense Mediterranean sun; soft, rolling hills, dotted with vineyards, lush and fragrant, the vines hang heavy with clusters of the patiently-ripening fruit; the crystalline waters of the sea, alive with fish and fisherman alike, each playing their age-old role in feeding the people of island. The breathtaking beauty of Sicily is reason enough to experience the area...

Circumnavigation of South Georgia
June 8, 2015
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“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

It may not be the most upbeat help-wanted ad ever written, but Sir Ernest Shackleton’s recruitment notice would nevertheless inspire a 27-man crew to sail the Endurance from South Georgia on December 5, 1914, in the hopes of being the first to cross the Antarctic continent.

The journey...

What is the Silk Road?
June 3, 2015
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The Silk Road—most of us have heard of it, and many of us can explain where it was located and what it was used for. But often, people are left wondering, ‘What is the Silk Road?’ Here are five intriguing facts that will help you understand the history of this legendary route. Going on our 18-day Silk Road expedition, which...

Traditional Kula Outrigger Canoe
June 2, 2015
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Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. After growing up in California, she has widely traveled and experienced firsthand the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. 

“The islands of love,” as they were known by...

Zambia
June 1, 2015
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It is one of the most famous and oft-repeated quotes in history: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

For Sir Henry Morton Stanley, the presumption was a reasonable one to make, given that he and David Livingstone were the only two Europeans to be found in Ujiji, a small village along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, on November 10, 1871.

At the time, the Welsh-born Stanley—who, at a young age, had immigrated to the United States, and served in both the Confederate and Union...

Havana, Cuba
June 1, 2015
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After 50 years of being off-limits to most Americans, Cuba is once again rolling out the welcome mat. Recently normalized relations between the U.S. and its Caribbean neighbor mean some travel restrictions have been lifted, making it easier for prospective travelers to visit this enigmatic country, located just 90 miles off Florida’s coast.

While regular leisure travel to Cuba still lies in the future, there are plenty of reasons to visit now before the high-rises and luxury hotels...

June 1, 2015
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Back in the late 1990s, seemingly every music collection included the album Buena Vista Social Club. The Afro-Cuban sound was fresh and new, and hips just naturally started swaying to its deep, sensual rhythms. The album went on to sell more than eight million copies, win a Grammy, and be ranked among Rolling Stone’s greatest albums of all time.

Yet it was the film of the same name, directed by Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire), that introduced the legendary members club...

St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
June 1, 2015
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With its stunning scenery, friendly peoples, and a Mediterranean-esque ambience, the Channel Islands offer an interesting juxtaposition of French and British influences. The islands are in the English Channel, just a few miles off the coast of Brittany. They are bailiwicks, or self-governing British Crown Dependencies, and their form of government has been in existence for 1,000 years. Sark is actually still ruled by a Seigneur, which hearkens back to European feudalism.

Christianity...

June 1, 2015
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As Christianity spread throughout Northern Europe during the Middle Ages, those who refused to believe the new dogma were driven underground. Pagans across Scandinavia secretly held onto their ancient Norse myths—particularly those of Thor, the god of thunder, noble warrior, and divine protector. Devotees of this cult of Thor would go on to become the most notorious gang of marauders the world has ever known.

While the Vikings—a Scandinavian term for “pirate,” which has Norse roots—...

Bhutan
June 1, 2015
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While visiting Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, the esteemed Indio-Anglian author and journalist Khushwant Singh heard numerous references to what he called “a wandering ascetic who combines preaching religion with sex and liquor.” This “Divine Madman” was, as Singh recounts in his book, The Freethinker’s Prayer Book: And Some Words to Live By, the “most unconventional holy man the world has ever known.”

To be fair, Lama Drukpa Kunley (1455-1529) comes from a long line of historic...

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