Fear has consumed us. We feel frustrated and trapped. We’ve been prisoners in our homes. And we haven’t felt truly safe going out in public, in many months.
Daily norms, pastimes and personal pleasures are all part of what defines us as individuals. Access to them — or lack thereof — shapes our overall human experience in this world. Perhaps we’ve learned, at least, that we’ve taken some of them for granted. Maybe even gained a greater appreciation for them, when things do return to ‘normal.’
This experience in limited liberty is a first for most Americans. Yes, we are…
As a child, the feeling of shame that comes from the disapproving reprimand of an adult is enough to shrink us to nothing. In an instant, all youthful innocence is lost. It’s that moment we know we’ve been caught — and we’re truly guilty.
The finger shake. The cold, stone-faced glare. Physical manifestations that sometimes speak louder than words ever could.
Then, there are the words themselves, which come in many forms. The furious tirade. A firm, disciplinarian lecture. The low, guttural, teeth-grimacing grumble.
Caught red-handed? How ‘bout a healthy dose of “what do you think you’re doing?”
As a non-violent person dedicated to helping people, one wouldn’t expect my older brother’s Washington D.C. apartment to boast an armory of exotic weapons.
During my first trip to Australia, I was ecstatic to find a rare left-handed boomerang for Brett. His collection began with this simple novelty gift. Soon, it evolved into an ironic, running tradition.
The next year, I returned from Thailand with a handmade slingshot used for hunting small game (off-label use: youthful hijinks). A later trip to Australia yielded a waddy (or, nulla nulla) — a heavy, hand-carved wooden club used by the Aborigines for both…
Many associate Greece with ouzo, raki and other high-gravity digestifs that sometimes singe the hairs from the surface of your tongue. Yet, despite its ideal climate for viticulture (→ grape cultivation), Greece has historically fallen short when it comes to viniculture (→ grape cultivation, specific to wine).
In recent years, however, the pendulum has begun to swing. Now, Crete — nominated by Wine Enthusiast in 2016 for Wine Region of the Year — is the heart and soul of Greece’s up-and-coming wine scene.
Today, Crete has upwards of 50 wineries growing dozens of varietals — both endemic and imported. But…
There’s something to be said for the concept of blind travel. With limited prior knowledge of a new country, city or culture, one may end up leaving with a more profound first impression. Free of preconceived notions & unburdened with expectations, a pair of unwitting travelers may find themselves spontaneously in the midst of something truly unforgettable.
But this free-spirited approach to inviting the unexpected carries risk. And this holds true even more so, when visiting sites of historical, cultural or religious sensitivity: places of worship, cemeteries, battlegrounds…or in this case: an archaeological reconstruction.
Whether you’re interested in history, archaeology…
On December 26, 2018, we began a 3-month chapter in Ecuador’s capital city: Quito. This is a first-hand account of our experience in the days that followed.
Disclaimer: Our objectives are to educate, generate exposure for, and create excitement about New Year’s Eve in Ecuador. If you leave inspired to experience it for yourself one day, please do so safely, respectfully & responsibly. It is not our intent to promote or encourage any reckless or potentially harmful behavior.
Standing on the corner of the busy Avenida República de El Salvador, I pay for a triple espresso and thank the barista…
The deceptive beauty of Moroccan architecture is a dynamic we first noticed while wandering the medina of Marrakech. Our guide described the phenomenon as blind architecture: the beauty hidden behind every wall.
While certain structures — such as mosques or palaces — display outward beauty to the world around them, many buildings appear plain on the outside.