Panorama of the Week: Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador

quilotoa ecuador

4:00 A.M., alarm blaring, almost violent at an ungodly hour. I cursed it and was tempted to roll over. But I knew if I had, I'd regret it. I had a volcanic lake to visit.After a bumpy chicken bus ride, we finally arrived at the lake's edge. The sun was just coming up and we were among the very few people there.Open up the panorama to see Quilotoa Lake for … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar

schwedagon pagoda

Since our visit to Myanmar (Burma) in 2008, a lot has changed. Aung San Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest. The junta government seems to be loosening controls and opening up. Heck, it seems like every week there's a group of foreign dignitaries visiting Myanmar, something impossible during the time of our visit.But even with all the dignitary visits and … [Read more...]

Crete Food: An Overview

Cretan Olives, Artichokes and Olive Oil - Agreco Farm, Crete

You smell the stink, but you hear the scent! -- Viki, one of our guides on the Greek island of Crete, captures the philosophical essence of Cretan cuisine.While I appreciate that the traditional Cretan diet is known as being one of the healthiest in the world, every time I look at our food photos from Crete I think back to our experience: “Damn. That was just … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: 2501 Migrants Outdoor Art Exhibit, Oaxaca

oaxaca statues

When I first walked by the 2501 Migrants outside of Oaxaca's Santo Domingo church, I figured they were a permanent fixture from one of the nearby shops. They're a curious collection of lumpy, abstract little beings. Then I discovered that this was a temporary art exhibit, a clever way to make a statement and cast light on an economic reality in Mexico. … [Read more...]