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Eyes are the windows to our souls and you can read a lifetime's worth of stories in the faces of people all over the world.
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Staying at a casa particular is the best cultural immersion opportunity you'll find while visiting Old Havana. Private rooms are rented out of a family-owned home and costs about $30 per night. Casa Habana is owned by Carmen (photo) and her son...
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Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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30700 Uzès, France
On sunny Wednesdays (and there are many of those in Uzés), wedged in between the honey making nuns and the olive farmer, Mr. Bruguier sells the wine from his family estate on the market square. He greets his customers like old friends and makes us...
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Bukidnon, Philippines
The Philippines has more than 160 ethnic groups and tribes. Each is unique and has its own set of traditions. One such ethnic group is the Talaandig Tribe in Bukidnon which I visited some years ago. Before we were allowed to enter the community,...
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Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
One of the things that stand out in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is the colors that surround it. On clothes, becaks (the Indonesian version of the tuktuk), food carts and street art-- the colors just jump at you. Here, I took another portrait of the old...
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Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
One of the best ways to learn about a place is to make friends with the locals. They're the ones who can tell you where to eat or what's the best thing to do in the area. This old lady who was selling various trinkets near Borobudur told us where...
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Levant
During a great day of cycling from Madaba to Dead Sea, with a stop at Mount Nemo, just before our destination I saw a man walking along the Dead Sea with his camels. I stopped along Dead Sea road and watched him, as I shot a bunch of photos. He...
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Calle Céspedes, 21, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
La Carboneria is a special place. Unlike the tourist spots for flamenco, this feels alive. There is a buzz of energy, a sense of place as friends call out to each other before the show starts, the stone floored room smells of woodsmoke,and the...
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Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sublime and surreal, Kumbh Mela is an absolute-must for anyone earning their graduate degree in Festivals. For a few dozen hours, this celebration represents both the most populous place on earth and the most devoted spot on the planet. It...
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Mae Chaem District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
During time in a rural village in Northern Thailand, spending four days as a part of this family put into perspective the gift of simplicity and independence. Living off everything in the backyard and collectively relying on other villagers to...
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Madhuban, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Charming stages throughout Jodhpur and Jaisalmer (Rajasthan, India) are dancers known as Kalbelia gypsies. Their captivating dance mimics the movements of the black cobra, the animal whom many in this group charm as a profession. I had the great...
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Nyaungshwe, Myanmar (Burma)
There's something calming about the mere presence of monks. When one comes floating towards you in a hollowed out canoe, sporting killer sunglasses ... well, that's a moment for sure. It's classic Burma. If you head to the country, don't miss Inle...
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10% of the world's tea comes from Sri Lanka - a big number for such a tiny place. Nuwara Eliya is at the center of Sri Lanka's tea economy, but this former English hill station is also known for stunning landscapes, Pidurutalagala, the country's...
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La Rambla, 65, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Amble down La Rambla, stopping to admire fresh flowers, original artwork, and Barcelona souvenirs at your leisure. Watch living statues come to life when you drop a euro in their cups—most will pose with passersby, for a price, of course....
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I flew into Tari from Port Moresby. The landing field was small and remote. After we landed I noticed that there were many people waiting for our plane to arrive. I wasn't sure if this was the way it was with every plane or if somehow our plane...
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Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
On the way to visit a leprosy village outside Indore, India we came upon some men and children from the village tending their camels. The men wore matching red turbans and came out of their way to greet us. It was an exceptional moment.
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Bugger off, Dos Equis. This here is the most interesting man in the world. This is the groundskeeper at utterly unpronounceable Wat Siphoutthabath in central Luang Prabang - in and of itself one of the most impressive temples in a city known for,...
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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Varanasi is India's most holy city. It is not only the ultimate pilgrimage for devout Hindus, but seekers of peace also make it a point to visit Varanasi to de-stress, relax and recharge their souls. It is a city of temples, of age-old rituals and...
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Paro, Bhutan
For a very long time, the empire of Bhutan has been closed off to tourism, and as a result, a lot of its rich history can still be seem everywhere, even in it's second largest city Paro. Though the Taktsang temple is the highlight of that area,...
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In Dubrovnik, you have to walk the walls. It's a must. Not only for stellar views over one of what is arguably one of the most beautiful old cities in the world, but also for the friendly faces you might find. Like this one. My friend Katie...
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4-5 ban Phonepheng, ຫຼວງພະບາງ, Laos
This cheerful flower seller in Phosy Market was preparing beautiful marigold tower temple offerings for sale. The market, south west of central Luang Prabang, is where locals go for fresh produce, meat, spices, baguettes, rice and sundries. Some...
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Carrer de la Diputació, 269, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Eating deep fried rabbit ribs. Simply an amazing dish at an amazing tapas place called Tapas 24.
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Paro, Bhutan
As we were walking up to Tiger's Nest, monks were stringing prayer flags across the mountains. Directions across the mountain were being "sent" by cell phone instead of shouting it out across. Seemed out of place but then again...
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Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Taking pictures of people as they go about their daily lives... This cab driver turned around as we were walking by.
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Uttarakhand, India
There are things that cannot be put in words. For example one cannot define beauty even with the best vocabulary in mind. One cannot define what one sees with his/her eyes. So is the case with Bhakti Bhava. I cannot define my love for God and...
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Milagiriya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Artist Barbara Sansoni launched the brand Barefoot 40 years ago to showcase the island's master textile weavers. Stop by the Galle Road store (it's also a gallery and café) to browse colorful sarongs, scarves, table linens, and shoes. 706 Galle...
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Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
In the afternoons the Gateway of India is pretty crowded but in the mornings visitors are scarce, i watched this young girl chase pigeons for about 15 minutes (until I felt I had contracted Histoplamosis) until she gave up. This monument in...
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Anjuna Beach, Goa 403509
The raw relaxed vibe of Anjuna beach and those who inhabit it were, in many ways, a great contrast to wedding party I had just spent the last 3 days with. The splendor of an Indian wedding is breathtaking- women wear silken saris interwoven with...
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Historic District, Luang Prabang, Laos
Every fall all of Luang Parabang gathers along the banks of the river to witness the boat races that commemorate the holiday of Boun Song Hua. People get really rowdy and eventually parade through the town drunk all night after the races are...
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13, Luang Prabang, Laos
I remember my conversation with this nun, because she wasn't one of those empty propagandists for religion, trying to make it seem easy and effortless to live a life apart. She was curious about the world, and about what she had gained and lost by...
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1 Calle Poniente Num 23, Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
Guatemala is one of the countries of Central America that I enjoyed the most. I fell in love with the city of Antigua for two reasons: one I love the rustic feel of the city and two the exposure to the indigenous people. If you go to Antigua stay...
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17/1 Kotchasarn Rd, ตำบล ช้างคลาน อำเภอ เมืองเชียงใหม่ Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
The great thing about visiting Chiang Mai during the Loi Krathong Festival is that there are things going on all over the city at all hours of the day - activities are not just confined to the lantern release near the river. Plenty of activity...
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2 Kamphaeng Phet Rd, Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand
This weekend market is the largest in Thailand and is an absolute must for any market fiends. It is estimated that the market covers 35 acres, has over 5,000 stalls, and receives about 200,000 visitors each Saturday and Sunday. It has everything...
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52202, Morocco Merzouga, Merzouga 10000, Morocco
Faces of Morocco : Dorian Whim Sahara Desert, Morocco [ Letter to a Friend ] All is quiet on the Eastern shore ... save the whisper of weary rope upon resolute sail. Fondly I recall forthcoming journeys such as these ... knowing not what lies...
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112 Main St, Patterson, LA 70392, USA
Cajun Jack's Swamp Tours are known the world over as a great way to see the bayou and it's wildlife. They're also a great way to meet the last of a dying breed of Americans: Cajun folks still living on the backwaters of the Atchafalaya River Basin...
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Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ashram Rd, Hridaya Kunj, Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380027, India
I was volunteering with Manav Sadhna, an NGO based out of the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. My new friend, Raghubhai, started a project where he delivers tiffins (lunch boxes) twice a day to 15 elderly people in the slum villages. These people live...
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
Ollantaytambo’s namesake archaeological site is one of the best examples of Incan architecture in the region. It’s easy to spend a half day exploring the temples and other structures there, especially if you factor in time to hike...
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Trg Sv. Stjepana 42, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
If Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic then Hvar Town is Mini Pearl. It has everything to offer that Dubrovnik has but on a far smaller scale. Hvar Town is a picturesque little town located on the southwestern coast of Hvar Island. The heart of...
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Indochina
Traveling in Myanmar on lake Inle we took a boat up a side channel from the lake to the remote site of the Indein Pagodas... some are covered in vegetation others in gold. Three monks visiting the site shared their joy of the beautiful day and...
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1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
This complex of Taoist religious buildings was constructed in the early 15th century under the Yongle Emperor, who also commissioned the Forbidden City, just to the north. The temple's central building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a...
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Shkodër, Albania
While in the Balkans recently, the final stop on my journey was Shkodra, a town bordering Montenegro. With a castle above and lake below it prides itself as being a little more Balkan-esque than the rest of Albania. Certainly, it has its fair...
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Auckland, New Zealand
Every year in Western Springs, the Pacifika community comes together to celebrate its cultures, food, dancing, and singing at a multi-national festival. Auckland hosts the world's biggest Polynesian community, so from Niue to Tuvalu to Fiji to the...
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Gelemiş Mahallesi, 07975 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
I was staying in Gelemis (Patara), Turkey and took a drive with some new friends over to Kalkan on market day. There were tons of fresh fruit and veg, clothing, carpets, housewares, jewelry...anything you could possibly want or need. This woman...
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East Africa
I went to Kenya with a friend and her family and we stayed in a small town near Kisii. One of our days was spent at the ordination of 4 priests. There were over 1,000 people attending, and this woman (who is a sister/nun) and I made eye contact...
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
Beautiful elderly woman that I met outside in the streets of New Delhi. Her posture evoked wisdom and maturity.
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Dajabón Province, Dominican Republic
This photograph was taken during my humanitarian travel to the Dominican Republic. This Dominican man stopped me on the way to the Haitian/ Dominican border and gestured to my camera. I smiled and asked in Spanish if he would like me to take his...
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There is most certainly a story, or many stories, behind the markings on this woman's face. I met her near Inchope, Mozambique while I was traveling there in May of 2013. Despite the fact that I speak Portuguese, the official language of...
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Khaltse 194402
The tiny village of Dah is accessible from the road where the bus drops you off only by footpath, largely isolated from the rest of the world, its Aryan inhabitants seeking to keep their culture distinct. At a population of 4000, the people the...