Burma’s Golden Kite

The Golden Kite of Burma (Myanmar): the trail connecting Rangoon (Yangon), Bagan, Mandalay, and Inle Lake. These four locations form a common itinerary for visits to the country. Their golden stupas, fields of ancient Buddhist pagodas, floating villages, and royal palaces tell a story of place caught between its modern-day struggles and an underlying narrative of a … [Read more...]

The Day That Dreamhost Died

Yesterday, our website was out for roughly 24 hours. Tragic? Certainly not. But maddening and disappointing it was.If you attempted to visit yesterday, only to be rewarded with dead space and cryptic system messages, we apologize. … [Read more...]

Love in the Age of Skype


“How do you spend 24 hours a day together for two years and remain happily married...let alone sane?”The answer to that oft-asked question is the stuff of a future blog series. In the meantime, I remind people: “It wasn’t always so.”There was a time when Dan and I were separated for 27 months. He was in San Francisco and I was in Estonia. And that was before … [Read more...]

Travelers As Diplomats?

Audrey Getting Helping Hand in Turkmenistan

On Thursday night I attended the launch of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy’s National Initiative* at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The crowd was typically Washington, D.C. (if you’ve ever lived there, you’ll understand). PhDs, former diplomats, the NGO community, and graduate students were all represented.So how did I end up there?I was … [Read more...]

No More Bats and Bicycle Chickens: The Better Side of Burmese Cuisine

Streetside Soup in Rangoon

I remember my first taste of what was supposed to be Burmese food at a restaurant in San Francisco. There was none of the coconut milk and fragrance of Thai curries and the spice palette didn't inspire like it did in Indian cuisine.Underwhelming, I thought.However, during our visit to Burma (Myanmar), we quickly appreciated Burmese cuisine for the beauty of … [Read more...]