Berlin Food Rally: Beyond the Plate

Berlin Food Tour Mosaic

A view of Berlin -- its cycles of destruction and renewal and the evolution of its food scene -- through the lens of a one-night gastro tour.If you wish to learn about a place, eat your way to the answer. This maxim resonates no less so than in Berlin, a city whose history tells of a rise from the ashes and from oppression and whose present-day witnesses a … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Guinea Pig Farm, Peru

guinea pig peru

Guinea pig (cuy) is apparently a critical component of Andean cuisine. At the pre-Incan ruins of Kuelap, we were told that guinea pigs have been domesticated and bred as a source of protein for thousands of years.And although the selection of meats throughout Peru and Ecuador has (thankfully) expanded substantially, guinea pig remains a prized meal. … [Read more...]

The Importance of Saying Thank You

Thank you in different languages

This is about saying thank you: why we do it, the ways we do it, the cheapening of it, the deepening of it. And why, when you're traveling, it's one of the most important words to know in the local language.Thank you. For travelers, it's no wonder those words are among the first our guidebooks suggest we learn. With such a simple expression, satisfaction is … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Antarctica Zodiac Ride

zodiac antarctica

After three nights on the infamously rough waters of the Drake Passage, we arrived south of the Antarctic Circle at Hanusse Bay. Our ship's equipment room buzzed with excitement (and a tinge of nerves) as we donned our boots and heavy winter gear for a first taste of Antarctica's icy blue waters.What did we see on that first zodiac ride in Antarctica? Open the … [Read more...]

Bangladeshi Food: An Overview

Sabzi - Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi food in a home is the best – it’s cooked with the care and love of a woman’s hands. In restaurants, food is cooked by men for quantity. -- A Bangladeshi friend captures the crux of Bangladeshi food.Although you may not have realized it, it’s quite possible you’ve eaten Bangaldeshi food. … [Read more...]

ExOfficio Travel Clothes: From Backpacking to Business

ex officio

This is a story of what we wear -- and how, when you pack so little, you’d better make it count.When all your clothes need to fit into a couple of packing cubes, every item seems precious. Multi-purposed too, like a Swiss Army knife. Easily layered, sink-washed to dry overnight or even in hours, and good-looking when it needs to be. Sturdy enough to hold up … [Read more...]