Why Kazakh Nomad Women in Western Mongolia Spend Half Their Summer Milking

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It’s milking time. Again. All hands are on deck. The women of the Kazakh nomad community in Western Mongolia are in all-out commando mode. Their tongues click and arms wave as they chase their herds of goats and sheep into a pen. Hundreds of hooves dart this way and that, swirling and spinning, trying to avoid […]

Why a Mongolian Kazakh Wedding is so Much More Fun

Scenes from a Kazakh wedding in Mongolia

I remember musing that an American wedding planner would think I’d lost my mind. Wrestling? You want wrestling at your wedding?! Her shock giving way to complete bewilderment and horror when I followed up with…..and, we’ll want a horse race too. A Kazakh Wedding Tradition: The Wrestling Begins I scanned the celebration and grinned.  This […]

Kazakh Nomads and the Importance of Tea

This Kazakh woman cut huge bricks of cheese Photographing Kazakh Nomads in Mongolia

We sit on the ground around a low wooden table waiting for the day to begin. It’s overcast, threatening rain, and the ger is dim, throwing everything into monochrome. A pot of boiling milk sits on top of a battered wood-burning stove in the center of the room, and I watch as steam rises into […]

Camping and Kazakhs: My Amazing Mongolian Adventure

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It’s been a while since my adventure in western Mongolia with photographer Timothy Allen and seven fellow photography lovers, and yet I still think of it all the time. We camped in the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, a vast and profoundly beautiful and pristine expanse where we met the world’s most tolerant and gracious […]

“Speaking of Travel” – Peru, Cuba, Africa – My Interview on I Heart Radio

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A while back, I was featured in a USA Today article entitled Life-changing travel: Bloggers share their magical moments. In it, I talked about my trip to Machu Picchu – a destination that was a first for me on many fronts. A few weeks later I received an email from Marilyn Ball, a vivacious southerner […]

Amita Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok: A Delicious Culinary Adventure

Cooking chicken Satay

If you’re looking for something a little different and delicious, try Amita Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok—a few hours in a garden kitchen is a perfect way to spend a few yummy hours. A couple of years ago I was in a bit of a quandary over a 24-hour layover in Bangkok on my way […]

Things to do in Vienna. Some You Shouldn’t Miss and Some You Can

Vienna cathedral

Vienna is as beautiful as all the travel books say, and even though the city was grayed by cold unpleasant weather, its gorgeous historic architecture and easy navigation made it memorable. During my trip, I only had a couple of days and a very busy schedule. You could say the experience was the travel equivalent […]

Meet two of the Best Street Musicians in NYC: Coyote and Crow

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Walk through Washington Square Park on a beautiful spring day and you’ll be met with a cacophony of sound: Children laughing, dogs barking, the splash of the water fountain, the ever-present rumble of passing vehicles, and the tangled sounds of some of the best street musicians the city has to offer. The park is a ten-acre […]

A Helpful List of Havana Do’s and Don’ts

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Visiting Cuba is an exciting adventure with Havana at the center of the country’s urban community. The city is a wildly photogenic destination with a remarkable history and welcoming locals. But before you hop on a plan check out my list of Do’s and Don’ts, you be glad you did. UPDATE: The recent changes to […]

The Gift of a Cuban Serenade

Paolo serenading me in Havana, Cuba

It’s already been a pretty wonderful day. In the morning I’d met Maria Theresa, a local woman who invited me and my fellow photographers, four complete strangers, into her home. She was kind and sweet and had made a huge impact on us all. Hours later, I am sightseeing on my own, walking at my […]