Monthly Archive:: September 2013

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September’s Sunvil Supper Club: Empanadas with Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto, or simply “Pinto,” as the Costa Ricans say, is the traditional dish of Costa Rican and Nicaraguan cuisine. It is a typical breakfast dish but can be eaten with any dish throughout the day. Though many variations exist, the dish at its most basic is

Spotlight on Wildlife: Morpho Butterfly

They are neotropical butterflies found mostly in tropical forests in Central America and South America.  There are around 80 different species of Morpho butterflies.  They often provide inspiration for poets and writers who marvel at the transformation from a modest caterpillar into a magnificent butterfly. Many morpho

8 Northern Lights Facts: An Infographic

The night sky is a dark place, with only the moon and stars to cast any light. But throughout the long winters high in the northern hemisphere there are nights that are illuminated with spectacular displays of green and blue light dancing across the skies. We are

Oslo’s “merchant of death”: why Oslo became the home of the Nobel Peace Prize

Post by Matthew Teller Alfred Nobel was Swedish, and the annual prizes administered in his name are all presented in Stockholm – except the most famous, the Nobel Peace Prize. Why is this one awarded in Oslo, and why is Norway involved at all? Nobel Peace Center

5 natural highlights of a visit to the Pantanal

  For many people planning a visit to Brazil, the Amazon is the first choice for a trip to experience the country’s many natural wonders. Yet while the Amazon certainly has most of Brazil’s wildlife, its thick jungle doesn’t exactly make it easy for curious visitor to

Spotlight on Wildlife: Toucans

Toucans are native to Southern Mexico, Central America and northern portion of South America and the Caribbean region. They generally live in tropical and sub-tropical regions. They are brightly marked and have oversized colourful bills which has made it one of the world’s most popular birds. There

The healthy secrets of Greek coffee

If you spend time in rural Greece you’ll notice the number of people who live to a  ripe old age. Many scientists have concluded that there is something in the Greek diet that helps promote longevity, although many theories abound as to the identity of the magical

Spotlight on Wildlife: Jesus Christ Lizard

The common basilisk is a lizard found in Central and South America tropical rainforests normally in low elevations near rivers and streams. Although in Costa Rica it can be found as high as 1,200 metres (above sea level) in some places. It is more commonly known as

Madeira Wine – proving that patience is a virtue

  Of all Portuguese wines, Madeira wine is distinctive for its durability. Once opened the wine can be drunk up to a year later and will still preserve its original flavour. The reason for this longevity is found in the production of the wine, which involves heating

Sweden, a country that grabs at your heartstrings

I have recently returned from Sweden, a country that has a way of grabbing at your heartstrings and making you promise that you will revisit and explore further. Maybe it is the beautiful unspoiled landscape of open fields, vast forests, shimmering lakes and mile-upon-mile of coastline that