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Costa Rica and India - End of the World

Costa Rica and India - End of the World
We asked Wildland President Kurt Kutay and Wildland Vice President Anne Kutay where they would go if December 21, 2013 was really the end of the world....     Kurt Kutay I would return to Costa Rica, that's where it all started for me when I worked for their National Park Service. The rainforest feels like home to me, the Garden of Eden from whence most creatures have evolved and can still be found today. The Mayan calendar reminds us to live every day and we are encouraging everyone to even start to research how and when they can make that special journey, even our team at Wildland.     Anne Kutay I would return to India! Why do I want to go back? Because after one trip there I feel I do not understand the mystery that is India. Perhaps it can’t be explained and must be experienced. I would want to savor...
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Travel to Namibia - End of the World

Travel to Namibia - End of the World
  Photo by Dan Allen If the world was truly coming to an end, I would travel to Namibia and explore the amazing landscapes of Damaraland. It is one of the most remote destinations in the world with a low population density and is enchantingly beautiful, especially the night skies. I would make sure to stop for lunch at the Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp, an organization singly responsible for helping these rare animals survive and thrive, making this the region with the world’s largest concentration of Black rhino outside of national parks. Then maybe climb to the top of the Brandberg Mountain (the second largest monolith in the world), I'm sure I'd find some amazing views from the top. If I could only bring a couple of things with me, I would bring a rifle and a bushman guide to help me find water and food in order to survive the...
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Hiking in Patagonia - End of the World

Hiking in Patagonia - End of the World
I got asked where would I go if the world was really coming to an end December 21, 2012.   This could possibly be the toughest question to ask someone whose passion is adventure travel. I pondered between choosing somewhere new or returning to a place that I love for a while and I have to give in to my desire for exploration and go somewhere new. If it was truly the end of the world I would go hiking in Patagonia. I’ve spent my whole life dreaming about it, so why not take advantage of my last chance to see it. I would go because I love the mountains and Patagonia has some of the most gorgeous ones you can find. To see and climb Cordillera del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park would be quite the way to go out. I would want to bring my Dad who instilled my...
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Dancing to the End of the World

Dancing to the End of the World
My favorite activity is dancing – West African, Afro-Brasilian, pure Samba, bellydance, you name it. And nowhere is dance more highly regarded and more integral to each day of life than in Salvador, Bahia, in the northeastern reaches of Brazil. If I knew the world would truly end on a specific day, I would book a flight to Salvador immediately, bringing along as many of my dance friends as possible, and we would join the throngs of partying Bahians in the cobbled streets of the old city, the Pelourinho – because of course Brazilians would quite naturally respond to the end of the world – as with any event – by dancing, making music, singing!   I’m sure the drum group Olodum (who performed on Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints and in Michael Jackson’s video They Don’t Care About Us) would be leading the crowd in thunderous samba reggae rhythms...
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Travel to Turkey - End of the World

Travel to Turkey - End of the World
  As portrayed in the movie and book ‘Up in the Air’ I am one of those frequent flyers who hoards miles to obtain elite status with the airlines, ensuring all sorts of perks and special treatment. My airline of choice is United and at the start and end of each year, my partner and I like to go on ‘mileage run’ trips. The destination isn’t the most important factor other than it generally needs to be somewhere new to both of us, the base fare is inexpensive and we can upgrade to first class on the international legs. It’s a lot of fun to spin the globe, search for fares and just consider the possibilities. Sometimes we land on a destination that neither of us considered before, like Brussels, which we visited in January 2011 and had such a blast just exploring the city on foot, tasting authentic lambic and...
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Recent Comments
Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Have fun in Turkey Kirsten! Let's hope the Mayans weren't right so you can come back to Seattle.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 06:41
Guest — Kurt Kutay
You're going to have a wonderful 3 days in Istanbul! Be sure to have the "Mussels Istanbul" but it may be best to have our guide A... Read More
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 05:49

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