Blue sharks populate the waters around the Azores archipelago. They undertake long transatlantic migrations. Offshore diving with these elegant and curious animals allows to study them at arm’s length.
Princess Alice Bank at the Azores is a volcanic seamount on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rising from more than thousand metres to a depth of around 40 metres below the ocean surface. The abundance of marine life, especially manta rays, make it an exquisite, albeit remote and exposed offshore spot for diving.
Trading with salt from Lac Assal in Djibouti goes back to bartering with Abyssinian caravans by local Afar and Issa tribes. The lake is situated 155 metres below sea level in one of the hottest places on Earth.
Cargo bicycles are widely used for the transportation of goods and passengers in Rwanda – the land of thousand hills. For a cyclist, these hills make riding strenuous as there is hardly ever a flat stretch of road. Many riders of Team Rwanda, the cycling team based in Ruhengeri, have started as taxi or cargo bikers.
Nyiragongo is an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The crater contains the Earth’s largest lava lake. The hike to the 3’470-meter summit takes five hours with an armed rangers escort.
The jungle of the misty Virunga volcano mountains in central Africa in the border region of Rwanda, the Congo, and Uganda is shaken by crises and wars. These volcanoes are the home of mountain gorillas.
Every year, hundreds and thousands of rocky chunks the size of up to a house race into the earth’s atmosphere. These meteor showers are called Perseids.
Construction in Spain boomed – until the economy collapsed in 2008. The result of the property bubble bursting are abandoned building sites omnipresent in Spain.
In the 19th century, Tusdale valley was so busy it was nicknamed «the capital of Skye». Today, there is no road connecting the valley to the rest of the island. Only sheep graze.