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Isla Bonita (Beautiful Island)

Kim Willis enjoys breathtaking views on an extraordinary volcanic rock in the Canary Islands

Rising before the sun always feels counterintuitive, like your internal body clock is begging you to close your eyes and go back to sleep because no human should ever start their day before the sun starts hers, but despite grumbling to my husband that maybe it wasn’t worth it and maybe we should catch the sun set at the much more social time of later, rather than the sun rise, I’m glad he didn’t listen. Witnessing the sun burst through the clouds at the top of the Roque de los Muchachos was one of the most spectacular moments of my life.

La Palma is the lesser trampled sister island to neighbouring hotspots Tenerife and Lanzarote. It is famed in the astronomy world for the Roque de los Muchachos, the mountain at the top of which I found myself early that beautiful morning. Great observatories have been built and much universeunderstanding has been accomplished here. At 2,426m high, you stand above the clouds, which is why it’s one of the greatest places on the planet to stargaze.

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I’m so excited to be writing my first editor’s letter and that we are finally, undeniably, amidst the summer season! Speaking of sunshine – this issue we’re taking a trip across the globe to the, what-should-be, luscious rainforests of Indonesia, to examine the devastating effects the palm oil business has wreaked on this stunning, natural area. We also explore how sustainable growing solutions can save the habitat of our characterful, fluffy friends, orangutans, from the relentless palm industry (see page 66). Also in this issue, we are introducing you to the lovely Lucie Shorthouse, a West End star and vegan advocate. She discussed her choice to transition to veganism, the health benefits she found from a plant based diet, and her role in the innovative new play ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ (page 16). With so many vegans making waves in the creative industry, our Art Special celebrates the brave names that paint the true picture of animal cruelty, and cleverly portray the need for veganism through their work – get inspired on page 90. Finally, the summer evokes the need to create fun, easy and time-filling activities for kids, but are our most popular pastimes educating children into insensitive mind-sets? Charlotte Meyer Zu Natrup gives her view on the ‘To zoo, or not to zoo?’ debate on page 76. Enjoy the issue and make sure to share your opinions with us via email, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. P.S. Don’t miss our hilarious article from Jake Yapp, who puts a cheeky twist on chickpeas on page 114.

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