Author Archives: Paul Chibeba

About Paul Chibeba

Paul Chibeba now lives in London and works for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew after having spent nine years living and working in New York City.

A celebration of Queens: my ten top picks

Often considered the poor cousin to glitzy Manhattan, Queens is New York City’s largest borough and the most ethnically-diverse urban area in the world. It was my home for eight years. From favourite diners brimming with locals to unique open … Continue reading

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Personal favourite botanic gardens (photo blog)

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a pretty lush office space. So, discounting my own back yard from this list, here are my top ten botanic gardens visited while living in North America.

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Checking out the competition! Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula

Brightly-colored homes set in neat terraces punctuate an oft-bleached sky. I wonder whether an ancient bye-law dictates color-wheel choices; or whether locals simply have good design taste. The look is well coordinated: a fashion show of urban planning. St. John’s … Continue reading

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North America by train; a passion, not friends-with-benefits

“Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.” E M Forster I’ve traveled across North America by plane time and again. It’s rather … Continue reading

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Northernmost town accessible by train and sea: Churchill, Manitoba

Alternative title: help, help; here come the bears! While the train journey from Churchill south to Winnipeg clocked in at more than 46 hours, it didn’t feel too much like an endurance test. Be sure, though, to snag a sleeper berth … Continue reading

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Day three in Churchill, Manitoba

Taking a Churchill town tour today was a smart move. Less than a third of the price of yesterday’s Tundra Buggy tour, we saw just as many polar bears and even better visibility… This evening I board VIA Rail’s long-distance … Continue reading

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Day two in Churchill, Manitoba

It’s -31°C out now with the wind chill, so I splurged on a taxi back (five blocks) after dinner. Even locals are shocked by the sudden temperature change after such a mild start to winter. The polar bears are happy … Continue reading

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