Central America: Immigration Stories

As we travel, it's common for locals the world over to ask us where we are from. In Asia, the response "The United States" was usually sufficient. In Europe, they didn't ask; they assumed.Not so in Central America. People were curious to know the states and often the towns and cities where we grew up, where we have lived. After sharing our details, it wasn't … [Read more...]

Dating Advice from Galapagos Birds (or, When Charles Darwin Meets Cosmo)

I've been out of the dating game for exactly 12 years, so maybe I'm not the best person to write about how to snag a man. However, during our recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, I observed the behaviors of various birds and something struck me: their mating habits reminded me of those dating advice columns I used to read in Cosmo.If memory serves, it's a cruel … [Read more...]

Microfinance Panoramas from Guatemala

Microfinance in Guatemala

What does a family-run small business launched or expanded with the help of a microloan look like?We offer a couple of answers...in three dimensions.Maybe you've seen our photo essays from microfinance programs in Guatemala and India. Now we share a three-dimensional inside look - via 360 degree panoramic photography - at two small family-run businesses in … [Read more...]

Images of Today’s El Salvador

El Salvador is one of those places I recall from my childhood, but for all the "wrong" reasons. Newscasts in the 1980s equated the country with menacing jungles, death squads and guerrillas. Our recent conversations suggest that for many, El Salvador's image as dangerous and gun-prone persists today. … [Read more...]