Parallel Worlds

[two pro travel journalists turn amateur bloggers]

Night of the turtle invasion

[words © Mark Eveleigh] The sun rose on a battlefield that was thick with flying dust. Hunched shapes lay in tortured postures, writhing on the sand. Others crawled, inch by painful inch, … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

The teachings of Don Ignacio

[words and photograph © Mark Eveleigh] The chilled mountain mist that sits heavily in the cobbled lanes is beginning to rise as the Guatemalan sun heats up. On the steps of … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

The beast that kills with one leap

[words and photograph Mark Eveleigh] I am on my hands and knees on the jungle floor trying to blend in with dozens of white-nosed coatis. All around me the undergrowth … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 5 Comments

Ganglands, part IV: San Pedro prison

[words and photograph © Mark Eveleigh] I’d arrived in La Paz at the end of a long assignment that had taken me all the way from Ecuador to the Bolivian … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Ganglands part II: El Chorillo ghetto

[words and photograph © Mark Eveleigh] A couple of streets up from the ‘Machete Attack’ supermarket and one block back from the old café that was once known as La … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Journeys into ganglands

[words and photograph © Mark Eveleigh] Bandit country. Apache territory. The Red Zone. All too often the press is responsible for labelling places as ‘dangers zones’ with little reason. I … Continue reading

July 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Around the world in taxis

[words and photographs © Mark Eveleigh] Taxis are almost the only guaranteed common denominator in any visit to a foreign city. Whether high-end business-tripper or grass-roots backpacker every traveller will … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Brazil’s lethal backstreet ballet

[words by Mark Eveleigh / photograph © Tatiana Cardeal, The WideAngle] “Just take your time and find your ginga,” Wagner Rocha Gonçalves is telling me. ‘Ginga’ translates as ‘rhythm’ in Portuguese, and this is … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

The world’s fittest beach is…

[words and photograph © Mark Eveleigh] The promenade at Ipanema could almost be a conveyor belt out of some utopian factory dedicated to the creation of the perfect body. From … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Walking among the supernatural beasts of the Darien Gap

[words and photograph © Mark Eveleigh] For many years the Darien Gap had been considered one of the most dangerous areas on earth. When we were preparing our expedition, some … Continue reading

April 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

10 travel scams around the world – and how to avoid them

McDonalds deny rumours that Ronald McDonald has been implicated in scams and is under arrest in Panama.  [words and photograph © Mark Eveleigh] Brazil doesn’t have a monopoly on scams … Continue reading

April 4, 2012 · 5 Comments

The journey of two buses

How similar – or different – can two bus trips, taken on the same day but on two continents, be? As part of our Parallel Worlds writing project, we hopped … Continue reading

March 27, 2012 · 4 Comments

Trading places: A tale of two slave coasts

  On two side of the Atlantic ocean, there stand two reminders – one well-known, the other not – of one of the darkest periods of human history: the slave trade. Elmina … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

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