Trans-Siberian Express – Part 4

Irkutsk in Cyrillic

Trans-Siberian Express – Part 4

Irkutsk What is it about college towns all over the world that makes them so unusual? I find that college towns often seem to have an air of refinement that isn’t present in other cities and towns. Maybe it’s just the lack of industry. Anyhow, Irkutsk in Eastern Siberia definitely had that feeling. And it … Continued

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Top Places to Visit in El Salvador: Ruta de Las Flores

Concepcion de Ataco – the Staycation Destination for Salvadorans Salvadorans love their country and all the tiny region has to offer. From beaches to waterfalls and archaeological sites to charming villages, the locals in El Salvador enjoy frequent outings to discover and re-visit nearby destinations. If traveling is about doing what the locals do, then … Continued

Lodging and Traveling: The Andean Countries of South America

Moving within the Andean countries of South America requires a certain adaptability.  The rigors of travel are formed by both geography and culture, and distances are deceptively longer than they appear on a map.  A person can pull out a map and measure the space between two towns and think, “Well, how far can that … Continued

Pachacamac: Animator of the World

Any itinerary of Peru worth the expense should include Pachacamac, one of the great cultural and religious sites of the Americas.  The name, which is of uncertain Quechua origin, translates loosely as “Animator of the World.” At this place the great civilizations of South America would pay their respects to the Earth Mother and her … Continued

Kangaroos on a plane!?!?

It may seem like a scene from the Hollywood box office to most travelers- but to myself and a handful of other wildlife spokespeople it is strange NOT to travel with animals on the plane! Even the airline and TSA personal get excited and often star struck by our furry, feathery, and sometimes scaly passengers … Continued

Te Are Karioi: Searching for the Old Ways on Aitutaki

“Watch out for wasps,” Ngaakitai Pureariki calls over his shoulder as we dive into the underbrush.  My friend and guide has convinced me to accompany him to Te Are Karioi on the island of Aitutaki.  The site, which translates into English as “House of Entertainment,” has never been seen by outsiders.  How could I refuse … Continued

Trans-Siberian Express – Part 3

Ekaterinburg – Irkutsk In Part 2 of my posts about the Trans-Siberian Express train, Kay and I crossed the Ural Mountains to Ekaterinburg, thereby entering Siberia, a huge region  of 5.1 million square miles or 13.1 million square kilometers that covers most of North Asia, as well as all of the central and eastern parts … Continued

The Cham People and their Towers

I was fascinated to learn about the Cham, or Champa people of Vietnam.  Some theories state the ethnic group originally arose in Borneo and immigrated to Southeast Asia.  In the long run this may have not been such a wise move. They were victims of Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia and are ill-treated elsewhere in … Continued

Help Wanted: Una Compagna di Giochi (Playmate)

(Names changed to protect the guilty) It all began with a heating bill. One Tuesday morning in April at the end of the school semester, while my roommate was preparing to move back to Amsterdam and I was preparing to spend the rest of the year in Florence, we heard our landlord traipsing up the … Continued

Life at Massanga Hospital

Sierra Leone A Wonder of the Earth

It was late in the evening when the plane touched down and the doors opened; that was it…………my first smell of Africa; a warm and comforting scent of spices and soil. In March 2011 I travelled to Sierra Leone with the maternal health charity ‘Life for African Mothers’. All I knew of Sierra Leone was … Continued

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