Venture into Auckland – Auckland, New Zealand – Allan Taylor …

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With a hard hat and gas mask, Allan Taylor explores an active volcano off the coast of New Zealand.

Burning Away Misfortunes in Cuenca, Ecuador

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Travel story about New Year celebrations in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Gemstones Galore – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Allan Taylor found Rio to be the gemstone capital of the world for the sheer quantity, variety and quality of the stones.

Guatemalan Interlude – Guatemala

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Allan Taylor returned to Guatemala to revisit the highlights of previous trips and absorb some new experiences.

Gem Materials of Mexico and Guatemala – Mexico and Guatemala

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Mexican Fire Opals Opals Mexico is famous for its "Fire Opal", which is a type of opal rarely found in Australia. It is defined as a transparent-to-translucent stone with an orange-to-red body color which may or may not show a play of color. Also found is "Water Opal" which is a colorless (or very pale […]

Mexico City Revisited – Mexico City

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After a 5-year absence, Allan Taylor reckoned there must be lots of new things to do and unfamiliar places to explore in Mexico City.

Oudtshoorn’s Ostriches – Garden Route, South Africa

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Allan Taylor raves philosophical about the many us

On Hippos – St. Lucia Lake, South Africa

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Allan Taylor sneaks a peek at Africa’s most deadly animal.

Introduction – Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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Adelaide has lots of lovely old pubs. Allan Taylors shares a few of his favorites.

On Andean Trout – Chile & Argentina

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Allan Taylor found trout fishing in Chile tended to be a no-frills activity. Use of a rod is considered an idiosyncrasy of foreigners and an unnecessary luxury.