December 17, 2010

Postcard from Jordan: Happy Holidays

Wishing peace on earth, good will to all this holiday season.

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November 17, 2010

Dancing with an Orangutan

Branches snapped and cracked above my head as a screaming whoop-whoop sliced the heavy air. A black-red shadow screeched in high register: wu-ow … wu-ow … as it swung toward me and landed with a rustle in a small tree to my right.

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October 22, 2010

Trip Reading: A Luscious New Novel Set in Paris

For anyone – especially any woman – who loves Paris, Joanna Biggar’s new novel, That Paris Year, is a delight both to the senses and to the heart. It’s perfect trip reading for anyone planning a visit.

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October 7, 2010

New Travel Anthology: Wandering in Costa Rica

Twenty short stories and poems by travel writers from Costa Rica and abroad comprise a delightful new anthology of travel literature about one of the world’s favorite vacation spots.

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September 1, 2010

Stalked by a Hyena in the Serengeti

On our second night in the Serengeti I started awake to a growling sound. Low. Deep. Close. Then an angry, snarling, agitated sound. Louder. Closer…

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August 9, 2010

The Miracle of Thailand’s Yellow Leaf People

In northern Thailand’s Nan Province, we visited with a band Mlabri, or Yellow Leaf People who lived isolated in the forest for centuries until they were driven out by deforestation. Today, they’ve achieved Thai citizenship and an economic niche making and selling had-woven cotton hammocks

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June 25, 2010

China’s Yellow Mountain (Huangshan)

Hongcun, a Ming Dynasty village in Southeast China’s Anhui Province, sits at the southwestern tip of Huangshan – Yellow Mountain. Scenes from the hit film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” were set in this mystical village.

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April 30, 2010

Playa Nicuesa

Approaching Playa Nicuesa by boat, the indigo ocean melts to aquamarine in the shallows where the forest-green canopy spills unimpeded into the sea. The lodge and guest cabins are invisible from the shore tucked into a dense jungle of ceiba and cedar, cacao and mango.

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April 10, 2010

Dodging Snakes in Costa Rica

She had to mention the snakes.

“The fer-de-lance is the worst,” my friend Linda pronounced as we made plans to meet on my upcoming trip to Costa Rica.

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March 25, 2010

Coming ‘Home’ to Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua is a mile square city of restored colonial houses, cobblestones streets and historic churches, where Maya women still practice their ancient textile arts and a fervent Catholic community stages one of the of the most exuberant Lent and Holy Week celebrations in the world.

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