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Like many, I am a descendant of immigrants from many different countries. I have long harbored fantasies of exploring the family “homeland”, and was particularly drawn to Wales. It’s odd perhaps that the Welsh line always touched me a bit differently from the others because my Welsh blood may be the most diluted of all....
Mayan Fair Trade Weavers
Huipils are usually made with fabric woven on a back strap loom and are decorated with designs woven into the fabric. Each community has its own methods, colors, and decorations so you can tell where a person is from just by looking at her huipil.
Going Local in Thailand
Isan, in the Northeast of Thailand, has kept much of its old charm. The area borders Laos and Cambodia on the Mekong river. Its main cities are trading centers for rice and other goods, yet getting out into the countryside is like stepping back in time...
Worst Trip Ever!
What else can you call a trip that includes the scariest plane ride, the scariest bus ride, and the most vomiting you have ever experienced in any 9 day period? Worst trip ever? But what if you also got to see your teenage daughter (in a year off from college) ....
Magic in Dogtown
Driving up Highway 1 we stopped just outside of Dogtown, California, USA to pick late season blackberries. Where else in this world of prepackaged and endlessly target-marketed entertainment can one find such blissful and timeless solitude? All my senses were tuned on the same moment, fully present....
In Bhuj, cows roam the streets. The cars, trucks, and motorcycles that refuse to stop for pedestrians come to a screeching halt when a cow decides to cross the road. Sometimes, they lie down next to the median and...
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