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Andean Artistry on Display at Otavalo Market

Andean Artistry on Display at Otavalo Market

Every Saturday morning the streets of Otavalo transform themselves into the largest outdoor market in South America. Hundreds of stalls flood the streets with colorful textiles, creating a rainbow labyrinth that reminds me of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The market is known for its […]

Visiting a Colombian Coffee Farm in Salento

Visiting a Colombian Coffee Farm in Salento

Salento sits in the part of Colombia known as zona cafetera, the coffee region. The town is nestled in the Andes Mountains, just west of Bogotá. Colombia is known for some of the world’s best coffee, so my daughter and I, both avid coffee drinkers, knew that the coffee […]

Local Protests Complicating Travel in Cusco and Machu Picchu

Local Protests Complicating Travel in Cusco and Machu Picchu

After six weeks in South America, traveling mostly by bus, we were tired and ready to go home on our last day. Our hotel had arranged for a driver to take us to the airport at 8: 30 a.m. for our flight at noon. This […]

Traveling From Medellín to Salento by Bus

Traveling From Medellín to Salento by Bus

After three bustling days in Medellín, we traveled by bus to Salento, a sleepy town nestled in lush green mountains and coffee estates. I had read about the bus journey before we set out and knew that we would have to take a bus towards Armenia […]

The Real Bogotá

The Real Bogotá

We arrived in Bogotá just after midnight. I had arranged for a driver to pick us up, but after we exited the airport, we found that no one was outside waiting for us. The taxi counter was inside the airport behind the ‘do not enter’ […]

The Wonderment of Paris: A City for All Ages

The Wonderment of Paris: A City for All Ages

I knew I’d love Paris long before I ever visited. There was just something about the city that captivated me. It’s hard to put it into words, which is probably why I’ve never written about it even though it’s the international destination I’ve visited the most. I […]

Beyond Unique Escapes: Sustainable Travel in Siem Reap

Beyond Unique Escapes: Sustainable Travel in Siem Reap

When I was in Cambodia, I spent a day with Beyond Unique Escapes, a local tour company in Siem Reap that offers responsible, community focused tours across Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. I like to read up on tour companies before I book because I always worry […]

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

I exit the metro station at the Nanluguxiang stop and look around, searching for a sense of direction. A silver fence separates me from multiple lanes of traffic. I stare at the bicyclers, part in wonder and part in admiration.  Traffic rushes by, leaving a […]

Mashiur Rahman: America As a Dream

Mashiur Rahman: America As a Dream

Growing up in Dhaka, a capital of more than nine million, Mashiur Rahman, never dreamed he would arrive where he is today. He knew American life from his favorite action movies, Rambo and The Terminator–and he certainly never imagined himself living that kind of life. But in his late teens, […]

Five Reasons You Should Take Your Kids to Antigua, Guatemala

Five Reasons You Should Take Your Kids to Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala has been one of my biggest travel surprises in recent years. With green lush countryside, colorful cities, looming volcanos, and ancient Mayan ruins, the entire country impresses. The people are friendly and the coffee is strong and plentiful. I traveled throughout Guatemala (and Belize) […]