Category Archives for "Make Me Think"

Mar 12

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

By Abi King | Europe

Elvis may have crooned about the Heartbreak Hotel, but Croatia’s capital has the real thing (minus the overnight stays.) Swap Lonely Street for Ćirilometodska in Zagreb and uncover the strange situation that is the Museum of Broken Relationships. The Museum of Broken Relationships I stumbled through its doors, years ago, as part of my #IronRoute series […]

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Jan 15

Unusual New Orleans: Honey Island Swamp

By Abi King | Make Me Think

Unusual New Orleans… Honey Island Swamp. It’s a curious name. Part sweet syrup, part fetid bog. Part desert island discs, perhaps. But whatever it was supposed to represent, I had a hard time picturing it in my mind from the colour and character of old New Orleans. The wrought-iron balconies, rainbow paint and voodoo vibe of central […]

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Mar 17

The Terrible Mistake of the Madagascar Plan

By Abi King | Africa

The Madagascar Plan Madagascar lies 250 miles east of the coast of mainland Africa, steady and sizeable amid a swirling Indian Ocean and the flowing Mozambique Channel. As one of, if not the, poorest country in the world not currently at war, its people reflect its diverse heritage, its landscape a paradise for nature. Sparkling […]

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Aug 30

After Katrina: New Orleans 10 Years On

By Abi King | Make Me Think

After Katrina. Hey guys. It’s ten years already since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and tore New Orleans apart. I’d never been there before but I travelled there in the summer of 2015. Plenty of aspects haunted me, which I’ve written about below. But you need to read the whole piece. Thanks for understanding […]

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Apr 19

How to Save Endangered Animals

By Abi King | Make Me Think

A Question of Space It’s amazing how much you think about space when do you don’t have any any more. When you’re cramped on a train. Pressed tight in a crowd. Or peculiarly, when faced with such a wide expanse of natural space, of incredible beauty, that you cannot venture into unarmed. I felt this […]

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Dec 09

Madaba and the World’s Largest Mosaic in Jordan

By Abi King | Jordan

“People want to talk to me a lot,” he said, as blue and yellow danced across the coffee from the stained glass windows overhead. “Because I’m a Christian,” he went on, “and am interested in political science. “And because I live in Madaba, Jordan – and because that’s in the Middle East.” Christianity in Madaba […]

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Sep 21

Why does anyone climb mountains? Reinhold Messner brings mountain climbing down to earth in “Italy with a Twist” South Tyrol The Time Before the Time of Man

By Abi King | Italy

The Messner Mountain Museum It’s a funny business, mountaineering. Climb, climb, climb to the top. Look around for a bit, head back down. Or so it seems to me, dear reader, at moments of breathless weakness when legs shudder with exhaustion and lungs seem charred and torn at the edges. My love for the mountains […]

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Feb 18

I’ll See You In The Hague

By Abi King | Make Me Think

A city with the charm of Frankfurt, the friendliness of Paris and the culture of Scunthorpe – Ron Pattinson The Hague If any two words have come to symbolize the full weight of international justice and global condemnation they are The Hague. War crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity hang in the balance here, as […]

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Mar 08

What is Home, Anyway?

By Abi King | Make Me Think

What is home? This week, I was supposed to be travelling. But I was sick. I stayed at home. Much is written about the power of travel, about how new places, people and experiences light up our senses and stimulate our minds. Little is written about those other two words. Sickness. And home. Perhaps it’s […]

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