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The Worldwide Quest Blog

Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

South India with a Literary Master

By: Melanie Blake
The only thing we are truly in agreement on concerning short stories, claims R. K. Narayan, often considered the father of modern Indian fiction in English, is that they are short. Agreement on what a story is remains elusive. For his part, Narayan “discover[s] a story when a personality passes through a crisis of spirit or circumstances. Almost invariably the central character faces some ki...

I'm Madly in Love with this Cookbook

By: Samantha Clark
‘Samarkand—Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus’ by Caroline Eden, Eleanor Ford.Over hundreds of years, various ethnic groups have passed through Samarkand, Uzbekistan, sharing and influencing each other's cuisine and leaving their culinary stamp. Samarkand is a love letter to Central Asia and the Caucasus, containing travel essays, beautiful photography and...

When it Comes to the Costa Rican Night, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

By: Ian Shanahan
The sun sets quickly in the tropics. Northern dwellers used to a gradual transition from day to night are often taken aback when daylight’s departure recalls a window being shut forcefully. This means there’s no time to prepare for the “night show” so to speak. As our eyes adjust to this new (and suddenly dark) world, our ears begin busily processing the sudden onset of a b...

BREAKING: Sir John Franklin's HMS Terror found after 168 years underwater

By: Ian Shanahan
Monday, September 12, 2016We are beyond excited today at Worldwide Quest! We've been planning next summer's two Northwest Passage expeditions all year, and each meeting has included the familiar phrase, 'wouldn't it be great if Franklin's second ship was discovered?' Well, as announced early this afternoon, our wishes were answered by a team from the Arctic Research Foundation! The HMS Terror was ...

Toronto Event: Our 28th Annual Quest Nature Tours Social Evening!

By: Justin Peter
You're invited to the 28th annual Quest Nature Tours Social. It's an evening of discovery with expert naturalist speakers! Thursday, September 22 7:00 - 9:00 PMToronto Botanical Gardens Floral Hall777 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto SW corner of Leslie St. and Lawrence Ave. E.Plenty of free parking!Must-see Presentations:Retreat to The GambiaPresented by Justin Peter, Quest Nature Tours’ DirectorA...

Seeking Purification in the Ganges

By: Ian Shanahan
From the clouds shrouding the mighty Himalayas, an energized burst of downward motion abruptly and almost cruelly slows to a crawl. The epic journey that began with so much hope and momentum is suddenly at the mercy of the unforgiving forces of ice. The hope for liberation some 2, 500 kilometres away and nearly 4000 metres below seems faint. This frigid world moves so slowly that a sense of being ...