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An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks As part of my trip to Brazil, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite photographers, Gordon Parks. In 1961, Parks released a photo series for Life magazine, "Freedom's Fearful Foe: Poverty" transporting Middle America from...

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Beyond Words –  Brazil for the Deaf Traveler

Beyond Words –
Brazil for the Deaf Traveler

Part of the appeal of traveling to other places is broadened horizons, right? New languages, new people: all part and parcel of the spice of a new country. As a deaf traveler, negotiating my way through a new culture in complete silence was doubly difficult in...

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Four Days of Silence in Lago Grey, Patagonia

Four Days of Silence in Lago Grey, Patagonia

I never thought silence can be so loud. That was the thought that soared to my mind as my wife and I stepped into the Martian landscape of Lago Grey in the Torres del Paine National Park. This was our honeymoon and the black, misty shores of the glacial lake wasn't...

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Jardin, Colombia

Jardin, Colombia

The little town of Jardin, nestled in the Andes, is an impossibly charming village with traditionally white-washed houses and brightly painted doors. It is a three-hour bus ride from Medella­n, but it feels worlds away from Colombia's second largest city. My...

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A Risky Ride Down Death Road

A Risky Ride Down Death Road

One of my favorite things about living in South America was the ease at which I could travel around the continent. One of the more appealing attractions to the adventurous side of me was the Death Road in Bolivia. I had already booked my tickets for La Paz when two...

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Islas y Huacas, Lago de Titicaca

Islas y Huacas, Lago de Titicaca

The harbor waters are still. Beyond the sheltered inlet a stiff wind whips the lake into whitecaps. My stomach doesn't much like these choppy waters. Lake Titicaca This body of water sits just over two miles above sea level and encompasses 3200 square miles, making it...

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Minca Jungle: In Search of Black Gold

Minca Jungle: In Search of Black Gold

When I say Colombia, most people think about a notorious drug lord and the most dangerous comuna in the world. But when I hear Colombia, my mind drifts off to the one thing that is able to wake me up in the morning: coffee. Colombia is often regarded as one of the top...

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Investigating Escobar’s Legacy in Medellìn

Investigating Escobar’s Legacy in Medellìn

"Don't mind the bullet holes," was the first thing our guide Stiven told me. They recently tried to kidnap Roberto, because people still think he knows where his brother buried his fortune. Which of course is easy to think, given the fact that Roberto...

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Jardín, Colombia — Wandering a Pastel Pueblo

Jardín, Colombia — Wandering a Pastel Pueblo

One of the travel rules I try to live by is following the advice of others. Tourists, long-term travelers, or locals. The "who" tends to not matter as much as the "where". People who've been in a country for a while have the best insight....

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The Beautiful Landscapes of Northwest Argentina

The Beautiful Landscapes of Northwest Argentina

The two northern regions comprised of Salta and Jujuy are in pair with Patagonia when it comes to beautiful nature. I was only getting used to the snow-capped mountains and myriad turquoise lakes of the south. I'm suddenly teleported to a very different scenery:...

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