Edinburgh Hogmanay: Fire, Culture and Community Usher in the New Year

Edinburgh Castle

Celebrations in the shadow of the Winter Solstice. They help us abide darkness and emerge from the shortest day of the year so that we may carry ourselves through deepening cold and, oddly enough, lengthening days until spring returns a few months later.In this context, the measure of a place coming forth from this seasonal inflection might in fact be its … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays and Celebrating the New Year at Hogmanay

Holidays 2012

As Christmas and the new year approaches, we'd like to wish you and yours a very happy holidays from what was a snowy Berlin (damn you, warm front!).Before we go offline for the next couple of days, we have a couple of announcements for you: our upcoming New Year's celebrations at Hogmanay in Edinburgh and a giveaway featuring some of our travel photos. … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays from Paraguay

School in Cambodia

A few days ago, we were enjoying the Paraguayan tradition of drinking tereré (a cold version of yerba maté) to cool off from the tropical heat. As we sipped, we chuckled at how the food stalls at the Encarnación bus station broadcast dueling Christmas songs -- a Jingle Bells here, a Frosty the Snowman there. Yet, there we sat sweating away.Hot or cold, the … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Bolivia, MacGyver* in the Kitchen

Thanksgiving may be over, but I’m still thankful.We admit it – we are the worst bloggers. Many wrote their Thanksgiving posts a week or two before turkey day while others prepared something to publish on the day itself.Then there’s us.We intended - we really did - to publish a reflection yesterday, but life took over and filled our day with a raft of … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Ideas

Adrianne with Cambodian orphans

If you find yourself in the giving mood and stuck for an idea this holiday season, we offer a few gift ideas from our online shop and some charitable donation ideas from organizations we've recently discovered. … [Read more...]

The Best European Christmas Markets

We’re here in Beijing, China and the only things going up more rapidly than new buildings are Christmas trees (mostly fake, of course). Last night, we became nostalgic while strolling past another giant shopping center Christmas tree, this one shielded by a roof that houses the world's largest LED video screen (250 meters long by 30 meters wide).Though the … [Read more...]