Meandering Around Michigan

Meandering Around Michigan

For the first time after 3 solid years of foreign and domestic travel, I returned to my home state of Michigan to visit family and friends in various towns, reflect on my roots, and see what’s new. It turns out there’s a lot! On the west side of the state, Grand Rapids has been named Beer City USA, and the foodie scene has exploded. In the fall Artprize takes over Grand Rapids, bringing thousands to peruse paintings, sculpture,...

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More Oaxacan Wonders and Activities

More Oaxacan Wonders and Activities

One final post on Oaxacan sights and fun things to do, both in Centro and beyond, before I leave after almost 6 months in this colorful Mexican city. The historic center is great, but make sure you get out to the surrounding areas as well. For example, take a day trip out to the amazing pre-Columbian archaeological site of Monte Alban… Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll see this partially excavated civic-ceremonial...

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The Art of Travel Photography

The Art of Travel Photography

Do you want to see the famous sights of the world and bring back great photos to remember them by? Or maybe take better pictures when you head out camping or to the beach? Are flowers and food shots your thing when you travel? Puppies and kittens and critters you meet? Selfies or portraits of your new best friend? How about a few more interesting pics to share on social media like Facebook and Instagram? This isn’t a comprehensive guide...

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Food of the Gods, a Chocolate Tour

Food of the Gods, a Chocolate Tour

Love chocolate?! Come to Oaxaca, where chocolate is part of the culture, and comes in many forms and flavors. Recently I had the pleasure of going on a chocolate tour with Chris, of Oaxaca Profundo Tours, where he shared not only tons of tastes, but also the rich history surrounding this flavorful food. While we we tend to just think of chocolate as that sweet confection we eat as a treat, there is so much more to this “food of the...

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The Art of Making Rugs in Teotitlan del Valle

The Art of Making Rugs in Teotitlan del Valle

Teotitlan del Valle is a colorful village of rug-makers just outside of Oaxaca in southern Mexico where Zapotecs have produced rugs for many generations. How much time does it take to hand-make a rug? Answer – a lot! After sheep are sheared, wool is washed, carded, and spun into yarn, then the yarn must be dyed. Some weavers still use all natural materials for color, such as indigo for blue, nut shells for brown, marigolds for yellow, and...

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