Author: Sarah Specker

The Origin of Paradise

Paradise, Heaven El Dorado, the Garden of Eden, Shangri-La, Utopia: all synonyms for a perfect place – either religious, political, ecological, economical, or all combined- that is considered to be highly desirable, exemplary, yet non-existent.     Planet earth is full of breathtakingly beautiful places that could almost be considered heaven on earth: almost because there always seems to be something just ‘not quite right’. Whether it’s garbage on a palm-fringed beach, violation of human rights in a democratic country or (ugly) graffiti on historical monuments, usually the conclusion is simple: leave it up to man to fuck things...

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Royal Surfing in England

There are very few countries in the world that speak as much to the imagination as England: part of the island of Great Britain, lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, for centuries this kingdom has been – and still is – a dominant (colonial) world power. And, as a true kingdom befits, it brought forth numerous world famous royalties: The Royal Family, King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit, David & Victoria Beckham, David Attenborough, Mister Bean, The Beatles and The Spice Girls, to name only a few. A country...

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JUNGLE BOOK – Welcome to Sri Lanka!

Swinging from giant trees, sleeping with wild wolves, talking to animals and living in the jungle: who did NOT want to be Mowgli when growing up?  As you grow older, it becomes painfully clear this paradise only exists in childhood fantasies, not in our current everyday world. Or does it?  The first time I paddled out at an unknown surf spot in Sri Lanka, I was greeted by two sea turtles that were frolicking around in the surf, surrounded by an abundance of colourful fish foraging on the reef.  Afterwards, walking back along a palm-fringed road, I watched monkeys...

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SWIMMERS EAR – DIY solutions while travelling abroad

Whilst suffering from another ‘regular’ surf injury, this time a few broken ribs due to a very unpredictable gnarly shore break, it seems like the perfect moment to assess this particular topic. As a traveling doctor and water lover I have, inevitably, encountered or personally suffered from some (sometimes serious) medical incidents: usually, these happen in, well, not the best of places, often worsened by bad logistics and lack of medical supplies. By sharing some of my knowledge and experience I’m hoping I’ll spare you – or at least lessen – some unnecessary suffering of common ailments or injuries,...

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Portuguese Perfection

Neanderthals, Celts, Visigoths, Romans, Moors, and the Spanish army all hold 1 thing in common: after arriving in Portugal, they all had no desire to leave. The Portuguese themselves, being exceptionally skilled seafaring folk, still joined in the race for colonial expansion, hoping to transform the small kingdom into an imperial power. Centuries later they realized that all you could ever wish for was right in their backyard.  The modern day (European) surfer will most likely acknowledge this: with 830 kilometers of coastline, a large variety of beach- and reef breaks a famous big wave spot (Nazare) and host to...

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16th of May 2018 03:27 PM
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