Falafel, bulgogi, polenta. You won’t find these items at San Diego’s best international cafe. In fact, the menu is usually limited to Scandinavian specialties. The patrons, however, are known to show up in their own regional and traditional dress, speaking languages from all over the world. I would argue this cafe has the most diverse… Read More San Diego’s Best International Cafe
Last night I had a dream. In an ancient port city I stood on a boardwalk of stone, looking out across the ocean in the fading, rusty light of day. Flying low across the water at high speed was an ultra-light aircraft with what appeared to be clipped wings. The fuselage was angular with a… Read More I dreamed of Tesla
Lil’s P’s cowboy boots slipped on the side of the rock, belying its composition of pure metal. We didn’t expect to befall a space treasure on our Namibia trip, but it happened to be on a not-too-distant detour on the route from Windhoek to Rundu. We followed signs from the highway and when we arrived,… Read More Even This Stone – An Easter meditation; Grootfontein, Namibia
It never fails. We save up for a vacation that requires a flight and, on the return, we ask the kids what they liked best. All three, in unison – “the movies on the plane.” Guys, we went to Kauai! This is Hawaii’s garden island, the island with the most miles of beach. This is… Read More Highlights that can’t be bought – Kauai, Hawaii
As the van came to halt on the sandy track, beyond the grass partitions we saw employees move into position. Unlike Victoria Falls four hundred miles to the east, Botswana’s Okavango Delta 260 miles to the southeast, or Namibia’s own Etosha National Park to the southwest, the Kavango region of northern Namibia doesn’t experience droves… Read More Mbunza Living Culture – Namibia
This week Travel with Rick Steves, my favorite travel podcast/radio show, featured a phone call with Heidi in San Diego! When we lived in Romania, I signed up for Rick’s monthly newsletter. In the letter they include information on upcoming recording sessions. In one letter, Rick was looking for callers who had stories to share… Read More Willtravelwithkids – on Travel with Rick Steves!
In October I spent ten days in Israel and Palestine, imbibing personal stories of conflict and trauma, peace and reconciliation. Crisscrossing through checkpoints and polishing off plates of falafel and homemade maqluba, I immersed in historical narratives and the living history of today. In the diversity, a common thread was exposed. Perhaps a banal observation,… Read More Universality of humanity in Israel and Palestine