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Travel writer Catherine Marshall brings you snatches of the world through her Instagram dispatches, signed Zizzy Ballord. She hopes they transport you to places you already know well, long to see before you die, or will only ever visit in your dreams. Contact Catherine on zizzyballord(at)gmail(dot)com
Travel writer Catherine Marshall brings you snatches of the world through her Instagram dispatches, signed Zizzy Ballord. She hopes they transport you to places you already know well, long to see before you die, or will only ever visit in your dreams. Contact Catherine on zizzyballord(at)gmail(dot)com

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Drums of the jungle god, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2016
PHOTO: Catherine Marshall. If you scream in the jungles of Ecuador's Amazon, no one will hear you. The malignant spread of foliage will swallow up the sound of your voice. The cecropia and kapok trees, the cancerous vines and creeping ground covers will dro...
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Preserve and protect, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2016
PHOTO: Catherine Marshall. It's 1992 and I'm drinking my first ever gin and tonic in the courtyard of Nairobi's historic Norfolk Hotel. It's only right that I should order a drink unfamiliar to me yet favoured by Kenya's notorious Happy Valley set – British...
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How to sail the Mediterranean in luxury, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 November 2015
PHOTO: Catherine Marshall. Don't ever ask for fish and chips in Portoferraio​. "Ah! No, no!" says the woman waiting for her lunch at a hole-in-the-wall cafe overlooking the marina on the Italian island of Elba. We blush slightly, for of course we're not in ...
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Taste of ancient traditions, The Weekend Australian, 7 November 2015
PHOTO: Catherine Marshall The day begins with tears, and ends with laughter. The tears are so warm, so abundant, that Ritjilili Ganambarr must stem their long and mournful flow with the hem of her cotton skirt. The laughter comes in such great waves that Ri...
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Archidona, Ecuador
Not a single one of us – all intrepid travel writers, people who have explored the world and sampled the foodstuffs that fuel its people - is brave enough to eat the writhing, crinkling chontacuro worm that Diego holds between his fingers. It’s bigger than ...
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Cruising Cuba's southern coast, Fairfax Traveller, 21 August 2015
PHOTO: Catherine Marshall. Tomorrow is tomorrow, says the Cuban sailor Gines Chavez Perez. Thank God, I think, for tonight has outstayed its welcome. Our boat is a cork tossed about on the swell somewhere out in the great Gulf of Cazones​ that separates Cub...
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A waltz down Europe's river of love, Traveller, July 10 2015
The skies above Salzburg are steel grey, and the city most famous for Mozart and The Sound of Music is sodden. Novelty shops are selling out of brollies, coffee shop windows are steamy with the exhalations of huddled patrons and chocolatiers are doing a bri...
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Subject versus object, Traveller, June 27-28 2015
My biggest lesson in the ethics of photography came in 1998 when I boarded a train in the dead of night with a group of police operatives in the rural South African town of Ngodwana. The train had originated in Komatipoort, on the South African-Mozambican b...
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Cuba travel guide: Why this Caribbean island is a must-see travel destination now, Fairfax Traveller, 21 February 2-15
PHOTO:  © CATHERINE MARSHALL "How come you know so much?" I ask Ares Garcia, nicknamed "The Hair Man" for his wild, dark mane. He sits opposite me in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Old Havana, his head a riot of curls. The waiter delivers mojitos choking ...
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Among the migrants in Mae Sot, Province Express, 12 February 2013
Photo: Catherine Marshall At four o’ clock every afternoon, Daw Mya San sets out boxes of curry and monhinga – Burmese noodle salad - on a broad wooden platform outside the walls of a garment factory in Mae Sot. She has an hour in which to prepare before he...
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