Keep Tickin’: Life Inspiration from Nonagenarians

Audrey and Grandfather - Black Mountain, North Carolina

Last weekend, I arrived in Asheville, North Carolina to visit family. And boy, was I tired.The last two months have been chock full: traveling from Central Europe to Crete to Istanbul to Iran, back to Istanbul, Germany and finally to a series of family visits up and down the east coast of the United States.But I’ve been feeling a little spent. It’s not only … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Persian Carpets at the World’s Largest Covered Bazaar

tabriz rugs

An Iranian carpet, especially one from Tabriz, is worth more than gold. -- Our Iranian guide gives us an economics lesson in the old carpet section of the Tabriz bazaar.The largest bazaar in the Middle East. The world's largest covered market. A UNESCO World Heritage site. That's the Tabriz bazaar. And deep inside, old men, purveyors of grand old Persian … [Read more...]

Traveling to Iran as Americans: All You Need to Know

Audrey with Iranian Women - Masuleh, Iran

Traveling to Iran as an American citizen may sound complicated and dangerous. It’s not. We’re here to dispel the myths and answer the questions piling up in our inbox based on our visit to Iran just a few weeks ago.Our aim in the following Q&A is to answer actual reader queries and to help demystify the process of traveling to Iran. … [Read more...]

Passports with Purpose: Help Build Libraries in Zambia

Young Kid Grabs Camera - Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania

This is not a story. It's a call to action: buy a $10 ticket, get a chance to win some awesome prizes, and help out a few communities in Zambia.Over the last few of years, Passports with Purpose (PwP) has built schools in Cambodia and village houses in India. This year, PwP is headed to a new continent with a new mission: to build libraries and raise literacy in … [Read more...]

Iran: A Poem to the People

Iranian People

This is a story of a woman I met on a train in Iran and a letter she wrote to me -- a letter I now read through tears.My heart sank as I watched the news from Iran this morning, scenes of the British Embassy being charged by an angry mob in Tehran. It saddens me – angers me, really – that narrow groups like this who define the world’s perception of Iran and the … [Read more...]