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Camping and Kazakhs: My Amazing Mongolian Adventure

Three Wrestlers: Scenes from a Kazakh wedding in Mongolia -

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

Speaking of travel

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 […]

What to do in Vienna in Two Days: Stuff You Shouldn’t Miss and Things 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 my short trip memorable. Below are some of the things that struck my fancy and other things that were so-so, plus some suggestions to consider if […]

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

Coyote_and_Crow_playing in Washington Square Park

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

havana-cuba-street-photography-travel tips- dos and don'ts

Updated January 2020 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 […]

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 […]

At Home in Cuba with Maria Therésa

Photographing Maria Theresa in her apartment in Havana Cuba

Eduardo, the young Cuban photographer guiding our merry band of five is shouting at the sky behind me in Spanish. Seconds later, a set of keys drop into his hands. He smiles. “She’s inviting us into her home. Do you want to go?” I look up but the “she” he’s speaking of has already disappeared […]

Costa Rica: 38 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit The Rainforest

Spider Monkey eats berries in Costa Rica

The thrill for me when I photograph nature and wildlife is that I always feel as if I am on a treasure hunt—I never know what might be around the next corner and I am rarely ever disappointed. Peek-a-boo! I see you Ms. three-toed sloth. This typically difficult animal to spot was sitting in this […]