It should be noted that English is widely spoken and understood in Malawi but where’s the fun in that?
For those whose tastes extend to the linguistic Mozambique Island delivers its own dialectic morsel: Enahara. This vernacular – derived from Mahkuwa, the most widely spoken indigenous language in the country – is prevalent in Nampula province and centres on the nation’s former capital. Enahara is a coastal dialect which
Bahasa Indonesian is a deceptively simple language. With a nice, friendly bounce, it is easy to learn the basics. Certainly, within a few days, most visitors will feel confident enough to let loose a few words here and there. Such is the friendly atmosphere of the country, even non-polyglots can
Welcome to Mukah With Sarawak famed for its headhunters, longhouses and mysterious rainforest, Mukah often flies under the radar. How could such a small coastal town hope to compete with the sensory stimulation on offer elsewhere? Easily. This charming backwater is one of Malay Borneo’s low-key attractions. Indigenous tribal culture, tasty food
– For many visitors to Indonesia, the Banda Islands, renowned as the famous Spice Islands, represent something of an unknown entity. With all the classic idyllic getaway tropes in place – deserted beaches, a warm welcome, clear water ripe for exploration and, in Gunung Api, a resident volcano – this
(Reminder Editor: Don’t forget to read parts one and two of EITM’s Madurese living guide) Getting around While travelling around Madura is simple in theory, in practice it can be trying. There are regular buses but oftentimes they are cramped and sweaty; our researcher spent one journey jammed in the
(Pre-emptive Editor: Don’t forget to read parts one and three of our (very) rough guide to Madura) What expect A common perception of Madura is one of stubborness, coarseness and fiery tempers. A temperament to match the island’s arid climate. Historically it has had an uneasy relationship with Java, and
Komodo dragons. The lumbering lizards synonymous with Indonesia. A tangible link to prehistory. Such phrases had been bandied about by our trekking party as we stopped to take stock of our surroundings. Overhead the sun beat down on the island of Rinca. In the distance the sea shimmered as palm
City for the ages
Walking alongside the city’s main arterial waterway offers stunning views of the city’s skyline and of wonderful ships of different ages. Even the cranes constructing new skyscrapers off in the distance are quite a sight to behold.
Amsterdam after dark
SPAIN is the only country in Europe with a desert – 280 sq km of it called the Tabernas to be precise – so a vineyard is perhaps the last thing you would expect to find there. But when he arrived in Andalucía over 25 years ago, entrepreneurial vintner Juan Perez