Three Vignettes: Beautiful Everyday People of Northwest Argentina

In a future incarnation, we will run world tours that seek to deliver extraordinary travel experiences through encounters with ordinary people. And when we do, a road trip in Northwest Argentina will be one of our first stops in South America.After stumbling upon a dazzling gaucho festival on the first day of a week-long road trip, we figured our travel karma … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye, Celebrating Life

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Last week my grandmother died. She lived a long, full life to the age of 92 and she died peacefully. The news was not surprising, but it arrived earlier than I had expected. When it finally began to sink in, I cried.Then I wrote a few things in order to unpack and process my feelings – about saying goodbye to loved ones, enjoying them while they are alive, and … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Pre-Incan Ruins of Kuelap, Peru

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The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu outside Cusco, Peru grab the lion's share of that country's travel press. But before the Incas stormed through this region in the 15th century, there were actually some other clever people living in Peru. They built an impressive city and lived in circular houses on a mountaintop in the north, near the town of Chachapoyas (meaning … [Read more...]

Couch Surfing with KGB Agents

"In your travels, did you ever feel like you were being followed?” a friend recently asked.We looked up as if to page through our mind-file of creepy experiences: “No. At least we don’t think so.”Even when we answered, our response struck me as supremely naïve. Although we aren’t terribly important in the geopolitical grand scheme of things, somebody … [Read more...]