Capturing Humanity: 10 Tips for Great Street and Market Photos

Do you pay for your photographs? Do you ask permission? Have you had any problems taking photographs of people on the street?We field these sorts of questions often. Several readers also recently requested that we write a post about how we get our photos, especially of people in street and market settings.In response, we share ten tips for taking engaging … [Read more...]

What to Do in Singapore? Eat!

Singapore, an unexpected stop on our Southeast Asian itinerary thanks to a cheap flight from there to India. Our culinary expectations for this small city-state were low, particularly in the wake of our street food experiences in Thailand and Malaysia. Yet in the three days before our flight to India, it seemed like all we did was eat. … [Read more...]

A Road Trip, Some Banditos, and a Dose of Fear

There we were at the dock in San Pedro bargaining for a boat to Santiago. The price seemed prohibitively high for a whimsical afternoon side trip on Lake Atitlan. Natasha, another traveler hoping to take the same boat, also questioned the price.“You know, I have a car here. We could drive. You can just give me some gas money.”Sounded like a reasonable … [Read more...]

Life Happened on the Way to the Piñata Factory

The other day we broke down in Guatemala City -- in front of a piñata factory no less.I helped push the stalled PT Cruiser whose motor had knocked, pinged and spoken of better days. Back then forward, we rolled the car out of traffic and into a parking lot.Guatemala City is notorious for guns, violence, drugs, blighted neighborhoods and danger lurking around … [Read more...]

Holy Guacamole, It’s Semana Santa!

Sawdust carpets adorned with brightly-colored designs and cut fruit line the streets, giant carved floats sway on the backs of local men and women, and depressing dirges creep out of battered horns. Ceremony is high with marching Roman soldiers and elaborate crucifixion ceremonies as Guatemalan communities come together to mourn Jesus' crucifixion and celebrate his … [Read more...]