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Mediterranean with Simon Reeve

Mediterranean with Simon Reeve

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all okay and staying safe. 🙂

What programmes and films have you been watching during lockdown? One programme I have found really interesting is Mediterranean with Simon Reeve.

Episode 1 – shows Simon’s journey from Malta to Italy and then Albania. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Corruption
  • The Italian mafia
  • Murder laws in Albania

From watching this episode, I was surprised to see that it is believed Malta is becoming a base for the mafia’s money laundering and is being overwhelmed by drunken tourists. I always thought of Malta as a quiet and relaxing country but there seem to be hidden concerns within this country. If you watch this episode, you will hear an unfortunate story about a journalist who was investigating this situation.

I was also amazed by the hiding conditions the ‘Ndrangheta Mafia live in. I found it a real eye-opening topic.

It was heartwarming to see there’s a turtle rescue centre in this part of Italy. As you may have read in my previous blog, plastic pollution is such a huge problem and unfortunately, this episode shows just how much plastic one turtle has digested.

Episode 2 – shows Simon’s journey from Cyprus to Lebanon, Israel and the Gaza Strip. Topics covered in this episode are:

  • The divide between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots
  • Christianity in Lebanon
  • Military weaponry for transporting goods by sea for Israel
  • A story of a pioneering woman helping Palestinians and Israelis in the violent Gaza Strip.

This episode was especially interesting to me as I have been to Cyprus during my first year at university and I learned about the Cypriot divide and no-man’s land. You should definitely give this episode a watch and take a look at my previous blog about my trip to Cyprus.

Simon also talks about Hezbollah, a militant group in Lebanon and their new tourist attraction which may not appeal to many of us.

I was also very inspired by the determination and dedication of the lady living in the Gaza Strip who set up her own business to help provide building materials for the locals.

I was surprised at how important the Mediterranean Sea is to Israel and the scale of weaponry used to protect sections of the sea.

Episode 3 – shows Simon’s journey from Libya to Tunisia and then Sicily. Topics covered are:

  • Destruction in Libya
  • Berbers
  • Italian mafia
  • How migrants are breathing new life into the emptying towns of Italy

One of the things I liked about Libya was to see the spirit of the people. For example, electricity is not working there so this man has become famous for acting as a traffic light on a junction. As well as this, many teachers have now become soldiers to fight against Daesh as they want their country to go back to normal. One man has built a beautiful wedding venue in the hope that others will join in to rebuild facilities for the residents of Libya. Young men also took it upon themselves to protect a city of heritage called Leptis Magna. It really does look stunning and a site worth fighting to keep.

Episode 4 – shows Simon’s journey from Ceuta to Morocco, Almeria, Corsica and the French Riviera. Topics covered:

  • Migrants hiding in dashboards of vehicles and forests of Ceuta to reach Europe
  • Dolphin and whale watching in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world
  • How Benidorm is considered to obtain sustainable tourism
  • Protecting a nature reserve in Corsica which has the most fish in the Mediterranean Sea

This episode was very interesting for me as it discusses how dolphins and whales are being affected by collisions with boats, starvation and plastic pollution. You can read my previous blog about the volunteering I did in Tenerife with the Atlantic Whale and Dolphin Foundation. There are also two more blogs about this trip – please click here and here to read them. 🙂

If you have a passion for travelling, take a look at our aviation and tourism courses here. You can also read my previous blogs about my university course trips.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Charley x



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