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Understanding Ramadan in Morocco

May 16, 2019 8 Comments »

The sun dips down in the sky disappearing into the Atlantic Ocean. I seldom have watched a sunset so intently; waiting, waiting, waiting for that last little sliver to disappear. So much rested on that last sliver. My gaze moved from the sliver of sun to the restaurant around me.  Families and couples sat at […]

Exploring the Foreign World of Cowboy Poetry

March 13, 2018 No Comments »

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Sometimes you don’t have to go far to experience culture shock. I first heard the term Cowboy Poetry in the tiny town of McCarthy, Alaska. I had struck up a conversation with a young woman about travel and she told me about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko as a festival that I “must […]

Celebrating the Maine Blueberry

April 18, 2017 5 Comments »

maine blueberry festival

I heard the woman yell out to the little kids passing by, “Learn about farming AND get to see baby pigs!” Even though I knew her sales pitch wasn’t for adults, she had me at “baby pigs”. It’s hard to compete with the glitz of midway rides, cotton candy, and corn dogs; but the people […]

The Dirndl and Oktoberfest Fashion

September 27, 2016 2 Comments »

dirndl fashion

I know, Oktoberfest is supposed to be about the beer, and how it’s flowing like the Amazon River, people are jolly, dancing on tables, making new friends, and eating sausages. This is the month hoards of beer lovers crowd into Munich to celebrate the golden liquid. An estimated 7.5 million liters of beer are consumed […]

The Making of Human Towers and Catalan Tradition

July 14, 2016 4 Comments »

human towers catalonia

I heard myself let out an audible gasp as my whole body tensed up.  My eyes were targeted on the small figure scurrying up 30 feet over 8 levels of people to the top of the narrow tower. I was nervous for her, for everyone; yet I had to remind myself that this was an […]

Inhale the Girona Flower Festival

May 10, 2016 8 Comments »

I can smell it wafting through my window, the perfume of fresh roses tickling my nose and stirring me from my morning slumber. As if a prince tip-toed into my room to wake me up. Birds chirp, the sun is shining, and flowers petals are everywhere – falling from the sky like a spring shower. […]

Most Unusual Destinations for Viewing Fall Colors

September 15, 2015 10 Comments »

Fall colors nyc

Fall is a great time to travel, and there is a well-worn path heading to America’s Northeast to see the fall colors every year. You have to try to get your reservations early for fall foliage viewing, and then fight the crowds, which doesn’t sound like much fun to me. But then again I try […]

Tartan Power at the Highland Games in New Brunswick

December 2, 2014 4 Comments »

“Whiskey makes the bagpipes sound better, “ said Frank our whiskey tasting MC for the day. I laughed, but I actually like the sounds of bagpipes, however I had never heard them played for this long of period before. You could hear them echoing through the park all day as the music competitions seemed to […]

How to Photograph Holi

March 28, 2014 10 Comments »

  Holi is the colorful spring Hindu festival which is a photographers dream and nightmare at the same time. Colored powder and water are thrown and painted on people which is beautiful to photograph, but also concerning from a gear standpoint. You can read about my complete experience on how to participate Holi in Jaipur, […]

How to Experience Holi

March 25, 2014 23 Comments »

Holi 2014

“Happy Holi!” the young girl said as we walked by her in the streets of Jaipur. Her colorful scarf trailed behind her as she walked by and smiled. I’m not sure why I was surprised at this greeting, the Hindu festival of Holi was the main reason that I came to India early. Besides the […]