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Kenai Peninsula Highlights

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With mountains, glaciers, ice fields, fjords, rivers and lakes, there are at least a summer’s worth of recreational opportunities in the rugged and accessible Kenai Peninsula. The friendly villages of Homer, Hope and Seward provide shelter before you head into the wilds in a land the size of a small European country. Here are a few of our favorite sights and activities.

A 126-mile road trip that could last all day – or all week! Driving the Seward Hwy gives you the chance to spot Dall sheep, beluga whales, moose, glacial streams and even a bore tide. Stop along the way to hook sockeye salmon, head out for a day hike or jaw drop at the wonders of The Great Land.

Witness calving tidewater glaciers, toppling icebergs, breaching whales, whispering waterfalls, and about a million birds and playful sea otters on a boat or kayak tour of Kenai Fjords National Park. Most visitors only see a tiny percentage of this vast wilderness.

Explore the cozy cafes, spirited jam sessions, uproarious bonfires and thoughtful galleries of the Peninsula's arts capital in the lyrical fairyland of Homer. Glaciers, lost trails and watery adventures await out your door on the other side of Kachemak Bay.

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5 The Goods of Pilgrimage: Tips, Souvenirs, and the Moralities of Exchange

Jackie Feldman Indiana University Press ePub

Second tithe may not be sold, nor given as pledge, nor exchanged, nor
used for reckoning weights. . . . One may not say to his neighbor in
Jerusalem, “Here is wine and give me oil (in exchange),” or “Here is oil,
give me wine (in exchange).” But one may say, “Here is wine for you,
for I have no oil,” “Here is oil for you, for I have no wine”. . . .
But they give each other free gifts (Mishna. Ma’aser Sheni 1:1).1

DURING THE SECOND Temple Period, in four years of each seven-year cycle, second tithe, a tenth of the agricultural bounty, was set aside for expenditure by pilgrims on food, drink, and anointing oil during their pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Nearly 2,000 years ago, rabbis struggled with the contradictory tensions of the material and the sacred: how was one to enable pilgrims to make the exchanges that would give them variety and nourishment so that they could be joyous before the Lord, without turning consecrated foodstuffs into market commodities? The rabbis’ regulations show that, in order to achieve a sense of fellowship among pilgrims and between pilgrims and spiritual goals, transparency is not necessary. Indeed, a certain amount of ambiguity and multivocality is almost essential. The teasing, hinting nature of the noncontractual exchange, the elusiveness of the boundary, the reciprocal quality of the declarative performance – “Here is wine, for I have no oil,” “Here is oil, for I have no wine” – mark the trade as not totally determined, thus preserving something of the communitas of pilgrims, as “Consequently, they exchange and yet do not exchange, and do each other kindness” (Tosefta. Ma’aser Sheni 1:1–2).2 Through such performances (to quote Victor Turner) “the other becomes a brother.”3

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Neusa’s Story


Neusa’s Story


Neusa’s Story

Neusa Gonçalves

My name is Neusa Gonçalves; I’m 43 years old, from Sal

Island, Cape Verde.

I worked as a tour guide from 1997 until the year 2000, when there was still only one travel agency in the town of

Santa Maria. In April 2000 I travelled to the Azores with 22 other young people working on a passenger ship travelling between the islands. After 6 months, I moved to the island of

Madeira, playing soccer for the Madeira National team until

2005 when I returned to Cape Verde.

I tried to start a mini market but went bankrupt at the time of the global economic crisis. In 2012 I returned to tour guide work as a freelancer. In 2013 I started up on my own, selling island excursions. I registered my company, Kryol

Operator, in 2014 and got my professional driving licence a year later. Now I have three salespeople working for me. At

KRYOL OPERATOR the beginning, as a business led by women, there was a

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Bocas del Toro Province

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Pop 156,480 / Area 4657 sq km / Elev sea level to 3336m

With its Caribbean islands dotting a shock of blue waters, Bocas del Toro is all that's tropical. This is Panama’s principal tourist draw and it will no doubt provide some of your most memorable experiences. The archipelago consists of six densely forested islands, scores of uninhabited islets and the Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos, Panama’s oldest marine park.

The longtime base of Chiquita Banana, the mainland boasts the Parque Internacional La Amistad, shared with Costa Rica. It's also home to diverse wildlife such as the elusive jaguar, traditional Ngöbe-Buglé settlements, and the Naso, one of few remaining American tribes with its own monarch.

Most visitors come for a hefty dose of sun and surf. Few are disappointed with the Bocas cocktail of water fun and thatched luxury, but there's a lot, lot more to what might be Panama's most beautiful corner.

ADec–Mar, Jul & Aug The biggest swells for surfers to ride are from December to March, while green turtles can be found nesting on Isla Bastimentos in July and August.

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Abel Tasman, Kahurangi & Nelson Lakes

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Abel Tasman, Kahurangi & Nelson Lakes

The Nelson region is a trampers’ paradise, boasting three national parks – Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes. Between them they offer a mind-blowing diversity of landscapes and experiences, from swimming in golden coves or quick plunges in frigid mountain streams, to traversing a plateau strewn with ancient rock formations, tramping across the sands of a wild West Coast beach, or exploring alpine peaks and passes with views as far as the eye can see.

This region has two Great Walks, including New Zealand’s most popular, the Abel Tasman Coast Track. The other, the Heaphy Track, is famed for its ecological and geological wonders. There are many other well-established tracks and myriad more-remote and less-frequented options such as the Mt Arthur Tableland Circuit, included in this book for the first time.

Sheltered by mountain ranges, Abel Tasman National Park basks in some of NZ’s best weather. Particularly pleasant spells occur reliably through summer and autumn, but the park can happily be tramped all year round.

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