Mancora – The Hawaii of Peru?

If you have never been to Hawaii, then maybe. If you have, then no. I think the main attraction of Mancora is the wind. If you are into kite sailing, then this is the place for you. Or if you are into wind. We went in search of sun in winter. It took twelve hours … Read more Mancora – The Hawaii of Peru?

10 Realities of Hotel Living

I have spent more than 300 nights in hotels in the past few years, and this experience has made me appreciate the joys of having a fixed home. Here are some of the experiences that I had while staying in hotels and being “on the road” for months at a time. It’s not all bad, … Read more 10 Realities of Hotel Living

A Slice of Seventh Heaven – La Tagliata Fattoria

Eating at La Tagliata Fattoria (the slice factory) in Positano will make you feel like you are eating at the home of the Gods’ farmstead. Positano is a cute but touristy town on the Amalfi Coast. There is a walk on the coast called the Walk of the Gods. One can see why. (Another place … Read more A Slice of Seventh Heaven – La Tagliata Fattoria

Once Upon A Danish Yule

A Danish Christmas (or yule) is celebrated on December 24 in the evening (like the Peruvians). While there are many different family traditions, the evening will be something like as this… It will be dark as the sun may have set around four in the afternoon. There may be a light layer of slush or … Read more Once Upon A Danish Yule

A Birthday Wish for Colombia

Today, on Colombia’s birthday (205 years old), I went for a walk to see how Colombians celebrate. I knew there was a parade somewhere and I’m pretty sure that I heard the flyover, but mostly, I noticed that almost all the buildings were flying the flag. I went out to a favorite eatery and as … Read more A Birthday Wish for Colombia

Gift from the Heart – Painted Stairs

Wedding season has ended in Bangladesh and it will soon begin in the U.S. so I’ve been thinking about wedding gifts. One day in Bangladesh, I was invited to a friend’s house and saw these painted stairs. They were painted as a wedding present. This colorful daily reminder reminds them of their friend, and their … Read more Gift from the Heart – Painted Stairs

Monsoon in Bogota

A few nights ago, I heard a strange sound through my open windows. It was the sound of monsoon rain. Before moving here, I was told that the weather in Bogota is the same every day. Always 60 F (15 C), cloudy with a chance of sun. Now that it’s October, I’m being told another … Read more Monsoon in Bogota

10 Foods to Try in Bangladesh

Here is my list of 10 foods to taste in Bangladesh. I have not included biryani because, of course, you will try biryani while you are here! Right? Speaking of right, remember to use the right hand only when eating… 1. Fuchka (and chot-puti which is basically the same ingredients but chopped up): It’s a … Read more 10 Foods to Try in Bangladesh

Jewelry of Bangladesh

Men and women wear jewelry here although the most is worn by a woman on her wedding day. Or when she is a guest at a wedding. The ladies of Bangladesh make sure that they look good when they step out. They are into shoes, bags, jewelry, makeup, and clothes with zing and color. The … Read more Jewelry of Bangladesh

Colombia In My Mind’s Eye

Anticipation is the sweetest nectar. Here are some photos from my last visit to Colombia. Who wouldn’t look forward to more of this? I also remember dancing at every turn, the Jack Daniels at the weddings, the fruit juices squeezed fresh, the soups topped with avocado, the fried cheese bread balls served in bags, the … Read more Colombia In My Mind’s Eye

Peruvian Food Tour in Lima

**** March 2015 — this blog posting got translated and re-blogged on a luxury tour site: in Spanish and in Portuguese. Thanks to Intiways for finding my blog and teaching me the correct Spanish translations! **** Peru’s cuisine is the megastar on the international food scene. Lucky for me, I have a friend in Lima … Read more Peruvian Food Tour in Lima

Feel Like A Celebrity in Dhaka – Paparazzi

If you want to know how the celebrities feel, come to Bangladesh. As a foreigner, you will have your photo taken almost all the time. At any wedding, any meeting, any corner of the street. If the big city types in Dhaka are not interested in taking your photo, you can go a few kilometers … Read more Feel Like A Celebrity in Dhaka – Paparazzi