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    Mcleodganj,India:Musing over my muse(s)

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    MCLEODGANJ, INDIA: MUSING OVER MY MUSE(S) Breathless and unable to fight the temptation, I surrender. The comfort of rest offered by the rocky ledge and what lies before me is irresistible. I am just a few minutes away from completing Kora, the circular trail around Tsuglagkhang complex. The valley stands before me with arms flung […]

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    Passover: Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day For the last year and a half I have been living in Asia and eating rice. As I thought about Passover approaching, I figured giving up bread for eight days would not be meaningful as I really only eat rice in […]

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    Ei-chel, Paris, France

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    We all have our routines. We go to and from work. We drop off and pick up the kids from from school. We run errands. On weekends we try to get out for some exercise. I am no different. But I am fortunate that my routine unfolds on and around the Champ de Mars, the […]

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    Working together in Kenya!

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    Stepping off the plane in Jomo Kenyatta airport, the moment of truth had arrived. 16,000kms from home, I hoped that the volunteer organization I had chosen, World Corps Kenya, was a credible group. After receiving my visa, I prayed that there would be someone on the other side waiting for me. I really was not […]

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    The Beauty Of Time in France

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    There is an inlet in the rocky coast east of Marseille, France, where a pool is formed and a peaceful getaway offers itself to the hiker who wills to make a grueling effort. Away from the city, and yet, not so far, i go there to spend the time with no regrets. The sound of […]

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    Encore in Paris, France

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    At one of our first ex-pat events, I sat on an unwelcoming green velvet chaise, suffering through a shaky rendition of “I Love Paris.” The nails on the chalkboard were both literal and figurative as my husband and I could only use “adore” to weepingly talk about the lives we had left behind. Paris was […]

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    Navigating the World’s Chessboard in Colombia

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    At the border between Colombia and Ecuador, there lies a cemetery so beautiful that they say it invites one to die. A place where sculpted green giants and doves watch over rows of flowers like Mother Earth’s sentries. I wander between the headstones at the topiary cemetery in Tulcán. Music drifts through the air as […]

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    The Hurricane Summer in New Orleans

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    People from the southern United States have a by-the-numbers routine for topics of conversation. The first topic is always your name. The second is the weather. In no place else and at no other time is weather more important than in the South in the Summer. In New Orleans as the summer ripens, the weather […]

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    Learning with Naomi Wolf at Stephen S. Wise Temple

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    I believe in books and that Benjamin Franklin was right when he said the library is the greatest American institution. I am a library evangelist and was delighted to be in Los Angeles for the “It Happens Every Spring: Annual Library Lunch” at Stephen W. Wise Temple organized by Roberta Lloyd, Library Director and the […]

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    The Vic Falls grandeur in Zimbabwe

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    What is the true meaning of inspiration? In theology it means: a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul. Inspire means to fill with enlivening or exalting emotion. I am not trying to give you a grammar lesson, but actually emphasizing my feeling. I recently went on a second holiday to […]

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Hakka
Mar
28

China: Time Upon Itself

The sun-gold, silk dragon careens across the low, gray sky and like the circular Hakka home, time loops upon itself. Old drummers sit on stools no higher than our shins and bang their canvass drum heads while ash dangles from their cigarettes. The dance isn’t spectacular – in our high-tech world we’ve seen explosions and […]

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Isla del Sol
Mar
27

Island of Surprises in Bolivia

After just a couple of days in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, I was ready to leave the hustle-and-bustle of this vast, chaotic city and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet on nearby island, Isla del Sol. Upon arrival, I took one look at the intimidatingly steep hill that stood before me and decided […]

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Mar
27

Inside My Outdoors in Canada

Each time I went on a plane, no matter how many times I already mastered my nervousness, I still had fear of airplanes, yet when I somehow found the courage to fly, I ended up loving the plane because I knew that the plane would lead me to Disney World. But, as exciting, yet nerve-racking […]

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Mar
23

Choosing When To Bloom in the Rainforest, Brazil

I rolled the seedpod around in my hand while Hugo positioned his frame to make for the best human trebuchet. Though I didn’t understand much Portuguese, the message that I “jogar como uma garota,” throw like a girl, came across clear. While he demonstrated how you must use your whole body to throw, I kept […]

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New York Skyline TOTR
Mar
22

These Streets Will Make You Feel New in New York

New York City has long been a symbol of opportunity and possibility; two essential ingredients for living life to the fullest and without regret. Star of stage and the silver screen, that iconic skyline is etched on all of our hearts. Even before I ever set foot on this island I felt there was a […]

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Mar
22

Creating Moments in time in Ecuador

Time is an illusion; a man-made restriction set upon ourselves to dictate order and retain control. We attach verbs to it like spend, save, waste, kill, take and run out of, hoping to grasp onto time as though it were some tangible thing. We define life itself as a certain amount of time spent upon […]

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Mar
22

Guam: “The Hub of Micronesia” Hafa Adai

As our airplane descended toward Guam after departing Palau’s International airport in the wee hours of the morning, I reflected on how little I knew about the U.S. territory island called Guam. I knew the island of Guam, situated in eastern Micronesia, has had a strong U.S. military background; I also was aware that in […]

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Sep
6

Myanmar: Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival (video)

WATCH: 38 Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival in Nyuang Shwe, near Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma) All week the people have been preparing for the Golden Buddhas to arrive for the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival in Nyuang Shwe. On October 21, they finished building everything. From 5am on October 22, there was music. At 8am, people […]

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Sep
5

Fun in the Philippines

Happy September and L’Shana Tova (Happy Jewish New Year!) Do you get our newsletter? This is from our recent news: Fun in the Philippines Our two weeks of travel in the Philippines have been varied and fantastic! Our visit included sharing the underwater world of Balicasag with giant turtles and a tornado of jack fish as well […]

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Sep
4

Udaipur: Changing the World One Bottle at a Time

Thank you to Charu at the Butterfly Diary for publishing my article about India: “Raft Building on the Banks of the Lake Palace, Udaipur: Changing the World One Bottle at a Time.” I thought sharing this piece on backpackers changing the world was a good fit for Rosh Hashannah, the beginning of the Jewish New […]

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Sep
3

Winners: Independence Travel Writing Contest

Thank you to all our writers from our 2013 Independence Travel Writing Contest! One hundred and eighty-eight writers from thirty-one countries participated to write about seventy-three countries for our contest! The writers are from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Republic […]

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