Faces of the Andes: A Slideshow

When we browse photos from a faraway place to which we've never been, we find that the entire visual panorama -- the faces, the clothing, the landscape -- looks so similar that it blurs any lines of distinction.When you get up close, though, all the subtle differences have a way of evincing themselves more clearly. … [Read more...]

From Ecuador to Turkmenistan: 10 Border Crossings We Have Known

What is it about land borders that attracts hookers, drifters, the down-on-their-luck and crazy travelers like us? The margins, the frontier: the domain of moneychangers, deal-makers, "friendship" bridges, duty free shops -- and occasionally, garden gnomes. Passing on foot from one country to the next, the feeling of adventure rises with a heightened sense of … [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...]