Edinburgh Hogmanay: Fire, Culture and Community Usher in the New Year

Edinburgh Castle

Celebrations in the shadow of the Winter Solstice. They help us abide darkness and emerge from the shortest day of the year so that we may carry ourselves through deepening cold and, oddly enough, lengthening days until spring returns a few months later.In this context, the measure of a place coming forth from this seasonal inflection might in fact be its … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays and Celebrating the New Year at Hogmanay

Holidays 2012

As Christmas and the new year approaches, we'd like to wish you and yours a very happy holidays from what was a snowy Berlin (damn you, warm front!).Before we go offline for the next couple of days, we have a couple of announcements for you: our upcoming New Year's celebrations at Hogmanay in Edinburgh and a giveaway featuring some of our travel photos. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Sunset on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast

nicaragua sunset

A long horizon, inky waters and waning light.  What is it about all this that delivers a sense of peace and perspective, of one's small place in this world? The rhythm of the waves serves as a sort of meditative mantra, keeping petty stresses and worries in their place, at bay.We recently arrived at this spot on Nicaragua's Pacific Coast, and ended our first day … [Read more...]