Fort de France, Martinque
Originally inhabited by the Arawark and later the Carib Indians, Martinique is another “discovery” by Columbus' in the Caribbean. Eventually coming to shore in 1502, after his first sighting several years prior, the indigenous population met the same unfortunate fate as other peoples who once lived throughout the Carribean.. . .
Colombo, Sri Lanka
A layer of humidity wrapped around my face as I peered out the window of my apartment-like hotel room. Below me buzzed what appeared like hundreds of tuk tuks (motorized carriages with a motorcycle at the front end) that looked more like ants running to and from the colony than actual vehicles. Along this stretch of highway were a temple, . . .
Memphis, TN United States
Can I be absolutely honest with all of you? Prior to a long layover in Memphis International (MNM) Airport, I never had the urge to visit this city. During that 90-minute wait, however, my curiosity was piqued. Somewhere between Corky's BBQ and the homage to music, a little voice that has urged me to travel called out to me. YOU MUST . . .
Flickers of light signaled the firecrackers' direction. I choked on the smoke as I tried to find a clearer place to watch these theatrics but then the noise and heat became too intense. Pursing my goal of capturing these festivities in photos and videos, I remained persistent. As the crowd swirled, the smoke subsided amid the final sparks, . . .
Tel Aviv, Israel
My curiosity about Israel was overwhelming. I had a compulsion to see and touch the places depicted in the Bible and Torah. No longer satisfied with reading about the past, I needed to feel it like a kettle steaming for too long.
First impressions of Tel Aviv was disbelief. Walking down Levinsky Street and past the Central Bus Station, I . . .
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Rio is where you go to party. Salvador de Bahia is where you go to hold hands with someone you care about, where you sneak a kiss from someone you like, and where you and a special someone walk the historic center of Pelourinho hand and hand while samba plays in the background.
Bahia made its mark on history by being the point of entry . . .
Athens, Patras, and Naxos Island
It was Dionysus who taught me the word siga (slowly) as I drank shots of Ouzo and Tsipouro while Old Dirty Bastard, Run the Jewels, and Handsome Boy Modeling School played on the sound system. A trio of friends danced celebrating one of their name days as an almost identical, dimly-lit bar sat besides ours, distanced only by a narrow walkway. . . .