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I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. ~Leonardo da Vinci
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Cusco, Peru
Nosh on some traditional aji de gallina and wash it all down with some Inca Cola at Los Candiles Restaurant in central Cusco before exploring all that this gorgeous mountain city has to offer. In the evening, weave your way through the maze of...
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Cloontemple, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, Ireland
The Headstones on graves in Ireland date back hundreds of years. So interesting to be able to trace back your ancestry. Fun to get to these spots, usually a small road sign leads into a field & with the farmer's permission you can get access. An...
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While I was backpacking in the northern rural region of Matagalpa, Nicaragua this past summer, I couldn't believe how Americanized Latin American culture was due to the widespread effects of the Coca-Cola industry. The red and white slogan is...
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Lake Titicaca
One of my favorite places when I visited Peru in April was the famous Lake Titicaca in Puno. At 12,500 feet above sea level and nestled between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake in the world. The lake has a...
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I caught this moment while traveling in the countryside of Guangxi, China, where there are spectacular terraced rice fields near Longsheng. The steepness of these hills does little to deter these farmers from cultivating them with rice, and I...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
The rural village near Luang Prabang was nearly deserted. Me and my friend had stopped to explore this small, nondescript hamlet on our way to the Kouang Si waterfalls. It was mid-morning, when men were at work and kids were in school. The only...
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Malwal, South Sudan
Malwal, is a rural village on the Ethiopia/South Sudan border. I learned upon arrival that the last white woman to come to this village was in 1984, so needless to say, myself and the other ladies in my travel group were something of a...
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Dalat, Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
Vietnamese love the cool climes of this town 5,000 feet above sea level in the highlands of southern Vietnam. Da Lat was "discovered" as a site for a potential town in 1893 by French bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin; before long, it was established...
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Khem Khong, Luang Prabang, Laos
The beautiful town of Louang Prabang in northern Laos is well known for its many temples and monasteries. At the famous Wat Xieng Thong, these two novices started talking to us to improve their english... A very interesting conversation about life...
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Dholka, Gujarat 382225, India
Hot afternoon of field research on women's self-employment and prospects for emerging village enterprises. We took a break from home visits and interviewed these women as they gathered water for their households. So fiercely capable, strong, and...
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Shandong, China
The chicken soup of China, homemade dumplings are the salve and comfort for every heart who grew up making and eating this delicious food! Every household has a slightly different style, but if you can befriend a welcoming local, you might get...
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Landing in Quito, the city looked mostly as I’d expected: a mixture of grime, bright colors, enticing street food, and the general feel of dust & humanity. But what I didn’t expect was how amazed I’d be at the mountains. I’ve been around mountains...
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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
In a tiny village outside of Ahmedabad, I had tea with a sweet woman whose dowry included all of the copper and brass pots, stainless steel dishware, and the painted wooden cabinet below. The setup was completely normal to her, but I was enchanted...
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Cementerio, San Sebastián, Chamula, Chis., Mexico
Imagine your favorite church. Now remove the furniture, and put in a carpet of fragrant soft pine needles. Then light it up with tens of thousands of candles and enormous bouquets of local flowers. Breathtaking. In this indigenous village outside...
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Rajasthan, India
For us, the vast dusty desert was a novelty act. We rode a camel. We dismounted and took a few photographs. We drank tea and pretended to be desert dwellers. But as we prepared to leave, I saw a sadness come over the local people's faces. It's...
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Dholka, Gujarat 382225, India
While interviewing midwives outside the Dholka village, I saw this bright red sari drying on the rooftop. Hanging from the tree is a stack of earthen pots that are keeping the homemade cream and butter cool in the summer sun. The country might be...