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Sandun, Unawatuna

What’s new // Do it now // Food // On the trail // Rooms // Family // Stay at home // The word

I was travelling in Sri Lanka, tracing the circular route that starts and ends in the capital, Colombo. On Unawatuna Beach, famed for its palm trees and coral reefs, I met Sandun. He’s a local who works at a shop on the beach selling roti, a kind of local flatbread. We talked about his life; his love of football and basketball; and the Honda scooter that he rides around town with pride. But what struck me most was how he described the changing face of his hometown — tourism and building work have completely transformed the landscape he grew up; with recent initiatives for the better. MAREK PUC // PHOTOGRAPHER

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We grab our binoculars and set out to discover the awe-inspiring wildlife of India, scouting out the likes of Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos and snow leopards in some of the subcontinent’s most dramatic national parks. Elsewhere, we explore the winelands of southern Australia; cross the frozen frontier of the Antarctic Circle; and spend a long weekend in the city of Leeuwarden. Other highlights this issue include the Faroe Islands, Tel Aviv, Manhattan, Tokyo and Santiago, while our photo story takes in the fresh air and Alpine beauty of Switzerland.