Who is on the front line of the refugee crisis?

Men, women and children serge toward the fence under the watchful eye of border police.  Babies nap in weary strollers caked with mud.  Lines of people move in a slow shuffle, all that remains of their worldly possessions slung over their shoulder in backpacks that used to carry their university study books.  Young professionals, now… Read More Who is on the front line of the refugee crisis?

Happening Upon Solidarity – Stuttgart, Germany

One Saturday last month we walked down Koenigstrasse – King Street – in Stuttgart, Germany.  Koenigstrasse is Stuttgart’s Michigan Avenue or Champs-Élysées of shopping and people watching.  We were reliving memories of years gone by, years when we had only one baby.  Now we have three children and they each needed a fresh German pretzel… Read More Happening Upon Solidarity – Stuttgart, Germany

Turmoil in South Sudan – Interview with American family who calls South Sudan home

On Christmas Day you probably were not thinking about South Sudan.  At least not very much.  I wasn’t.  But, if you are the Faders, you were.  They left their home and relationships in South Sudan for a Christmas holiday, not knowing their return would be tenuous.  A year ago the Faders were featured on willtravelwithkids,… Read More Turmoil in South Sudan – Interview with American family who calls South Sudan home

Calamities and apparel – where clothes go to die

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about death and the apparel industry.  Last week over 400 factory workers in Bangladesh were crushed and killed when the factory they worked in collapsed on them.  This calamity was manmade and could have been prevented.  Those mothers and fathers and children were making clothes headed to the global… Read More Calamities and apparel – where clothes go to die

Living Carnival Triumph conditions every day

“Passengers sleeping in areas resembling campgrounds, getting by with lunch meats and fruit for food and using red plastic bags and ice buckets as toilets.“ “No power, no toilets, nothing. . . limited food and filthy conditions.“ “. . .  No air conditioning, no diapers for babies, the toilets won’t flush and four-hour lines for food.“… Read More Living Carnival Triumph conditions every day

Community gathering – the Christmas market

Right about now every travel site and travel show will be talking about European Christmas markets.  Traditional, romantic, cultural, local food, local crafts, spicy brews, medieval settings – all good reasons to visit a European Christmas market, if you can.  Christmas markets, like any other highly touristed event, offer the visitor a glimpse of the… Read More Community gathering – the Christmas market