Backpacks of Love Delivered in Bali!

October 30th, 2012

AdventureAsiaFamilyIndonesiaLesser Sunda Islands: Bali, IndonesiaThey Said

Every July, for the past 5 years, Retta Jitner and volunteers from America and Bali have been distributing uniforms and backpacks full of school supplies to children on the island of Bali. Loretta’s charity, Pencils for Kids, Inc. (www.pencilsforkidsinc.com) is based in Los Angeles and is dedicated to providing needy school-aged children with the basics … Continued

I had the great good fortune in 1993 to photograph several areas of Costa Rica for the Costa Rican Tourist Board (ICT).  Among my destinations was Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula, one of the last untouched rain forests in Central America. I first visited the country in 1978, and when I returned in … Continued

Turkey is an excellent choice for a family holiday. You will find that you can eat and get around cheaply, and that your children are welcome wherever you go. There are great prices on trips to Turkey  at the moment, too. The main tourist areas for families are the Aegean coast and the Mediterranean coast. … Continued

Manchester is home to some fantastic theatres which frequently attract some of the most popular acts, musicals and plays through their doors. From the Lowry Theatre to The Bridgewater Hall, as the nights draw in Manchester can offer a wealth of productions and performances to satisfy the cultured soul this autumn. Whatever your artistic taste, … Continued

The concept of time often becomes irrelevant when travelling as magical moments can happen in seconds, hours or days.  Despite only spending a week in Rwanda, it provided some of the most memorable moments of my life and is a place I hope to visit again. It is a thought-provoking nation, a country of contrasts … Continued

It was March 2009. I had been working at my first “real job” in San Francisco for five months when I realized I didn’t want to sit in a cube. I wanted to travel. So, I quit. My new job, my new apartment, my new city, my new friends, and my new paychecks. I said … Continued

I set off to visit the Dome of the Rock, Islam’s third holiest site, on a sunny winter day.  At the time I was staying in a hostel in the Armenian quarter of the old city so the walk was long enough to mentally prepare, yet before I knew what was happening I found myself … Continued

We’d reached the town of Wadi Halfa in the northern Sudan when a humid wind hit the overland truck.  While traveling through the desert avoiding the impassable banks of the Nile, we were astonished when the breeze suddenly felt moist. I understood that Lake Nasser must be close.  This body of water, created by the … Continued

In the early 90s I was assigned by the Costa Rican Tourist Board to photograph a large swath of the country for their glossy tourist brochures.  The area of the country that interested me greatly was the Osa Peninsula.  Here, I had heard, were to be found amazing artifacts dotted throughout the jungle; stone spheres, … Continued

One of the world’s most beautiful and intelligent birds lives in a few select areas of Brazil, but only three populations of the Hyacinth Macaw remain in the wild.  One of these habitats occurs in remote Piaui State of northeastern Brazil, only a few hundred kilometers from the beaches, bars, and whorehouses of Bahia, but … Continued