Panorama of the Week: Guizhou, China — Weekly Indigenous Market

guizhou market

While Guizhou Province may not feature the same dramatic bits of nature you'd find in Yunnan or Sichuan Provinces, it does have its share of indigenous markets. And that's why, when we visited China, we based ourselves in the the provincial capital of Kaili for a week.In the weekly market in Chong'an, an area inhabited by ethnic Miao and Gejia, a high school girl … [Read more...]

Climb Kilimanjaro: Equipment and Preparation

At Uhuru Peak at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

How do I prepare for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro? What equipment will I need?No shortage of digital ink has been spilled on this topic. Even so, every article we’ve read seemed to be missing a little something.Based on our Kilimanjaro climb experience, here are the nuts and bolts of what an average, ordinary hiker will need for a Kilimanjaro climb. We'll … [Read more...]

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: Day by Day

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Poa kichizi kama ndizi. -- Swahili for “Crazy cool like a banana,” the most appropriate response to “How are you?” while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.So we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and shared some of the life lessons we learned along the way. But what did the climb look like? How did it feel? … [Read more...]

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Life Lessons from the Top of Africa

Glaciers at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

A few ideas on how walking up a big pile of volcanic rocks in Africa can teach you something about life.For some, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is another check box on a “to do” list. For me it turned out to be a journey -- in its own way, an epic exercise in achievement.Like any journey of significance, themes emerged. Somewhere beyond Kilimanjaro’s … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Cusco, Peru — Indigenous Crafts Market

cusco crafts

In Cusco, Peru on the first Sunday of every month, a corner of the main square Plaza de Armas fills with indigenous crafts vendors from around the surrounding hills. If you get up early enough, you'll have a chance to not only check out their wares without the crowds, but you'll also enjoy a bit of conversation with the vendors about where they come from and how they … [Read more...]