House sitting sounds easy enough – who can’t look after 3 dogs and 4 chickens on a gorgeous country property? The problem lies in the constant tension created when you are not sure of things. Why is the dog biting himself? Why is that chicken not moving? What if that had just caught on fire? What if one of… Continue reading →
Ever since taking an anthropology class at university, and reading about the Kingdom of Tonga, I had longed to go there. Kingdom of Tonga Anthropology of the Kingdom of Tonga Reading that the bigger you are in Tonga, the more prestige you have, shocked me. There was also something about cultural sexual norms hundreds of years ago that… Continue reading →
Before we met our guide for the island of Faial, and during a three hour wait between island flights, we went for a long walk and ended up at a snack bar where a table of 10 or 12 robust working men were having a year-end dinner. When I asked if I could interview them, they giggled like school… Continue reading →
How many times have we said we don’t like something, only to find that an authentic first-hand experience of that very thing astonishes you, and you come away with a complete change of mind… and so it happened with us in Budapest. First of all, Budapest is an extravagant and exciting city, ranging from magnificent to modest. Architecturally, it… Continue reading →
The food in Beijing, China was absolutely nothing like any Chinese food I have eaten in North America or anywhere in the world, for that matter. Because they were business dinners, we had fairly formal dinners in the better restaurants. All of the dinners were served on large round tables with a huge turn-table or Lazy Susan in the… Continue reading →
Travel etiquette can be explained in a few words. Courtesy, courtesy, courtesy. Respect, respect, respect. How do you feel when a foreigner criticizes anything in your country? Or if a foreigner is demanding in any way? Think about it. “When in Rome…” You’re in a different country, curb your ethnocentrism and try to fit in. Stop… Continue reading →
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