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My Viewpoint on the Working Animals at Petra

My Viewpoint on the Working Animals at Petra

‘Humanity’s true moral test, its fundamental test… consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.’ – Milan Kundera. I’ve been meaning to write a post for a long time about my visit to Petra in March 2017, and my opinion on the way the working animals are treated at this world famous tourist attraction. Now, with the recent publication of an article on the BBC website about this very topic, I feel it has become even…

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My Viewpoint on the World in 2016

My Viewpoint on the World in 2016

‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.’ – Martin Luther King, Jr. Never has a quote felt more apt. Every year, on November 11th, just like millions of others, I pause in whatever I happen to be doing and bow my head in silence for two minutes, to remember those who gave their lives in the two World Wars and those who continue to give or lose their…

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My Viewpoint on Europe’s Refugee Crisis

My Viewpoint on Europe’s Refugee Crisis

‘Syria has become the great tragedy of this century.’ – Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. I normally write about travel and my life in New Zealand. That’s because that’s what I know best – I know my life, what I do, where I go. I  know how to write about my life. Doesn’t everyone? But my blog is called How The Mind Wanders… This gives me the freedom to write about whatever is on my mind when I want to…

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My Viewpoint on Volunteering

My Viewpoint on Volunteering

‘To have a sense of education and ethics is important.’ – Soleil Moon Frye. Back in October 2012, my friend H (of Morocco fame) and I travelled to Ghana for two weeks to volunteer with Original Volunteers. I am going to be doing a Throwback Thursday (#tbt) series on our stay in the beautiful country of Ghana and everything we did there, but before I do this, I’d like to offer my viewpoint on volunteering, or voluntouring, as it is…

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