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Penedo, an Inspiration for the Artist’s Soul in Brazil

  I take my head out of the car window and breathe the cold air of July. The bus was driving slowly due to the high concentration of traffic. It was better this way. The breeze slapping my face as I observe the houses and shops in that small street covered by green...

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Jardín, Colombia

The little town of Jardín, 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 Medellín, but it feels worlds away from Colombia’s second largest city. My...

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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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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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The Colombian Amazon

The Amazon of Childhood Dreams Turbulence. An immense sea of green. My first impressions of the Colombian Amazon. A place I had dreamed of seeing ever since I was a little girl. One rough landing later, I was taking my first breaths of the heavy humid rainforest air....

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Islas y Huacas, Bolivia

The harbor waters are still. Beyond the sheltered inlet a stiff wind whips the lake into whitecaps. I don’t much like choppy waters. Lake Titticaca This body of water sits just over two miles above sea level and encompasses 3200 square miles. This makes it the highest...

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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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The Ocher Valley of Sorrows – Colombia

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince The Tatacoa Desert, or the Valley of Sorrows, as it was called in...

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The Colors of Cartagena – Colombia

I frequently hear travelers declare that they have a strong preference for beach vacations, nature getaways, exploring an urban setting, or some other genre of travel. These proclamations are often definitive, as if they’ve found the perfect way to travel for them....

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A Day in Rio Das Pedras, Brazil

A Summer Day at Rio Das Pedras, Brazil The Dance at Rio Das Pedras, Brazil I am at Rio Das Pedras, Brazil. The sun beats overhead and Maravilha dances alone on the stage with humidity heavy in the air – typical of a Brazilian summer. He gyrates and glides with style...

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