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Ganesh is Fresh

Ganesh is Fresh

Ever since I became aware of the Hindu deities, I’ve had a bit of an elephant-god crush on Ganesh. I like that he is the remover of obstacles—he’s the go-to guy when you’re stuck in a situation that you don’t think you can move out of. About five years ago, I was in Tallahassee for […]

Pushing My Buttons

Pushing My Buttons

I’ve been traveling with Cross Cultural Journeys for over 15 years now. It started with a life-changing walk across the Sahara Desert, and continued on with Tibet, Mongolia, Botswana and Cuba. CCJ is owned by my friend Carole Angermeir, who has been dreaming up inspirational trips for 23 years. These trips aren’t typical tours to […]

Love In Action

Love In Action

Like me, Zanzan has spent his career in the hospitality industry. As manager of ARMA in Ubud, Bali for eight years, he ran one of the most beautiful and successful hotels in the city. He met Desmond Tutu and other luminaries when he helped my friend Carole Angermeir plan a major conference in 2006. By […]

What the Pig Said

What the Pig Said

While I was staying in a village home stay in rural Bali, my hosts owned about a dozen chickens and a pig. I walked through their modest family compound several times a day, and each time I stopped to talk to the pig. He (or she—I didn’t check) always seemed happy to see me, wagging […]

The Invisible Monument

The Invisible Monument

Maria Cienfuegos travels the Cuban countryside taking photographs of long-forgotten monuments. She has spent her photography career investigating the overlooked tales of her island’s history. She’s interested in finding the untold stories of lovers and unremarkable tales of families and farms. As she travels the countryside sifting through the artifacts of forgotten Cuban life, she often […]

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Who Let the Dogs Out?

[spb_text_block pb_margin_bottom=”no” pb_border_bottom=”no” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”] All of Playa Guiones came out today for the annual Dog Show to benefit the Nosara Animal Care Spay/Neuter Clinic. Held on a local tennis court, dozens and dozens of dogs came out with their owners to celebrate and raise money for responsible pet ownership. It was a slice […]

Road Food

Road Food

My recent trip to Panama required a bit of resourcefulness when it came to food at certain times. There were more than a few days when I was on the road all day, worried about finding my next destination. On those days, I usually resorted to club soda and plantain chips that I bought by […]