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My stomach has endured the full scope of awful foods this planet has to offer Trying adventurous food is a big part of travelling, but India, where I'm travelling through now, has more problems with [food] hygiene than anywhere else in the world. It's a cultural problem, as eating meat is a rarity in rural areas, so they treat it like a vegetable, keeping it in a cupboard. So when the occasional Westerner passes through, by the time it's pulled out, it's been in there for a few months. When travelling across poorer parts of India now, I try to survive off rice and dahl.

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Jamaica: From swimming with sharks to dune-buggy driving, the island is awash with activities

His heavy brown hide was an intricate chain mesh, more like teeth than skin. Spectators gathered at the shoreline, where some wag played the music from Jaws. The audience was not helping. I wasn't sure how relaxed I felt about feeding sharks, either from the perspective of interfering with the natural world, or from the point of view of them being deadly predators intent on biting bits of me.

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Shocked holidaymakers largely shunned the beaches of the luxury resort Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday after a shark killed an elderly German tourist 20 metres from the shore.

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Travel companies cancel water sports after shark attacks

British holiday companies today cancelled all water sports and boat trips in an Egyptian resort following shark attacks that have left several people seriously injured and one woman dead.

Shark kills German woman at Egyptian resort

A shark killed a German tourist who had been swimming near the shore at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, days after a string of attacks injured several divers, Egypt health officials said.

Egypt: Shark attacks on Red Sea tourists

Two sharks suspected of mauling four tourists at a Red Sea resort have been caught, the Egyptian Environment Ministry has said.

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