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Monday Moment: Violence Near Cusco, Peru

7. January 2013

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Plaza de Armes, Cusco, Peru

I heard this story  of violence near Cusco, Peru this weekend and I have struggled as to whether I should share it or not. I worry that stories of scams, petty robberies, and violence will be the nail in the coffin to those who are already nervous about travelling. That perhaps people will decide not […]

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Monday Moment: Rickshaw Traffic Jam

31. December 2012

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Delhi Traffic

Tomorrow my friends Kim, Sarah, and Hannah set off on what-sounds-like one crazy, fun, amazing, bizarre, fun, outrageous, and unbelievable journey from Jasailmer in the north of India, to Cochin in the south. In a rickshaw!! They will have to find their own way, drive the rickshaw themselves, and repair it if (make that when) it […]

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Monday Moment: Frankfurt Rail Station

17. December 2012

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Frankfurt Rail Station

I love travelling hubs. Those points where travellers come together; the point being to fan out again reaching to the next destination. Airports, bus depots, and train stations filled with coming and going. Big bags, small bags, suitcases and backpacks. Experienced and efficient, or first timer and unsure; all funnel through with a unified goal […]

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Monday Moment: Shobak Castle, Jordan

10. December 2012

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Shobak Castle, Jordan

There is plenty of old in Jordan. Old cities, old roads, old buildings, old religious sites, and old crusader castles. Left almost untouched, Shobak Castle was my favorite. Without hoards of tourists around it was much easier to imagine this crusader outpost as it was in its heyday. We wandered and scrambled, explored nooks and […]

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Monday Moment: Iguazu Falls, Argentina

3. December 2012

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina

It’s hard to fathom the amount of water tumbling over the edge of Iguazu Falls in Argentina. As one of the largest waterfalls in the world it is an impressive sight on a normal day. The storms from the days before had saturated the earth and caused the falls to be even grander on this day. […]

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Monday Moment: Perfume Pagoda Pilgrimage , Vietnam

26. November 2012

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Perfume Pagoda, Vietnam

Hundreds of boats, loaded with thousands of pilgrims, make their way toward the Perfume Pagoda outside of Hanoi. Families come to pray for luck and good fortune. Couples come to pray for fertility. Men come to pray for prosperity and good luck.And test that faith by playing cards on the way back down. I wonder […]

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Monday Moment: Sari Salesman, Kathmandu, Nepal

12. November 2012

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Kathmandu, Nepal

Wandering the streets of Kathmandu my head swivelled constantly as I peered into shops, studios and restaurants. It was sensory overload. I happened to look in this sari shop just as the shopkeeper was unfurling this beautiful turquoise sari for the ladies. Looking at all of all the material at their feet, and the looks […]

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Monday Moment: Carnival Street, Rio de Janeiro

4. November 2012

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Carnival Street, Rio de Janeiro

Ever been to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro? Yeah, me either, but check out these wild costumes we were able to try on while touring around Rio. Then we had our very own private parade on Carnival Street! I’m sure it would have been so much better to actually be there during Carnival but this […]

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Monday Moment: Vietnam Moto Taxi

26. August 2012

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Vietnam Moto Taxi

In Vietnam the fastest, and most economical, way of getting around is the moto-taxi. Just like regular taxis, moto-taxi drivers hang out on every street corner waiting for customers. We would simply walk up, point at the map as to where we wanted to go, negotiate a price, and hop on the back. Even if […]

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Monday Moment: Wadi Rum Lunch

19. August 2012

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Monday Moment: Wadi Rum Lunch

In the middle of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, sheltered only by the rocky outcropping behind us, we scrounged for wood to make a fire and quickly a Bedouin lunch was created. Although this is not how they truly live today it was easy to imagine what life in this red-hued landscape was like […]

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Monday Moment: Thai Amulets

12. August 2012

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Monday Moment: Thai Amulets

I saw men like this all over northern Thailand; sitting at their folding tables selling their wares, usually to other men. I didn’t realize what they were peddling until we happened on a small shop in a temple one day and realized where they originated from. They are amulets, much like the Saint Christopher pendant that […]

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