Sometimes during the summer months I do a few of the sidewalk art shows near where I live.This gives me a chance to sell a few photos and chit-chat with the general public. I rarely sell much, but I have a lot of fun. Invariably, some of the passers-by will inquire as to what type of camera I use.My usual reply is that I have a middle-of-the-line point and shoot.
I travel often, and in many of those trips, I have crossed three or more time zones and suffered from jet lag.When I finally manage to fall asleep, it’s actually morning and time to get up again. If you also travel frequently, I imagine you know the feeling too.Jet lag is actually a physiological condition known scientifically as desynchronosis and dysrhythmia that causes disruption to your body’s clock.
Robin Esrock heads to Ethiopia, where he learns the value of patience when he’s stranded over plane malfunctions.Our Fokked Up Fokker 50. When a replacementplane finally arrived, it broke down too.The Nigerians on board the flight from Dubai to Addis Ababa were losing their minds.Pushing, shoving and screaming at each other at the check- in counter, one woman ran her overloaded trolley directly into my legs, another woman shoved my back while waiting in line at security.
During my first peace walk, walking and living for peace, within a community, each person had their story to tell.I met her years ago. She was quiet, calm, beautiful in a manner of complete respect. There were things about her I knew I would never know, things that were hers, forever hers.I had been traveling for sometime.
Theodore Scott introduces you to an iconic American author.I love James Michener novels so much people make fun of me for it. His books are thick and they usually have one word titles.Michener takes what could be a dry subject and educates you while also entertaining you with drama in his narrative style.
Photo by Lex in the CityYou know the feeling. You’re walking to the market, to the store, to meet a friend, all caught up in the plodding forward of your day…and then suddenly, you take notice of where you are. The light on a wall, the expressions on people’s faces, the feeling of the weather. A distinct sense of place creeps over you, and for a moment you feel like a traveler.
If you’ve ever crossed time zones, no doubt you’ve probably experienced these decades old symptoms of jet lag at some point:Fatigue, irritability, nausea, anxiety, dehydration, constipation, diarrhea, headache, sweating, temporary memory loss….am I missing any?!.Finally, beating the inevitable jet lag is possible and each crucial step on how to fight it has been detailed in The Cure for Jet Lag.
Is the decade-long conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo “Africa’s invisible war”?Some fascinating number-crunching from Social Design Notes compares the numbers of fatalities in Darfur and the Congo — roughly 500,000 and 5.5 million, respectively — and then notes the enormous disparity in the media coverage of the two.
Ever wonder how the pros back up their photography? Professional travel and editorial photographer Terence Carter shares his backup plans with us.I’ve had a few comments and a number of emails from my fellow Mac-wielding travellers about backing up and not freaking out. It’s really quite simple and not techy to make sure that you don’t lose those valuable photos, emails and music.
Sometimes the most vital piece of gear is a book of poems that makes you feel less alone. Matador Senior Ed. David Miller’s pick? Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs.Four weeks ago I was doing a Google search for “literary writing + web 2.0.” I found the name Tao Lin. I started reading his stuff. I started reading his friends’ stuff.
Fuel your inspiration and spiritual core with these books while on the road.Some say that the best books to take on your travels are light, easy reads that don’t require much brain power.While it’s definitely easier to concentrate on the latest crime thriller while waiting for a train, there is also a place in your backpack for more meditative or reflective books that can stimulate the inner journey.
There are few things in the world that are universal. How many variations could there be?The answer – more than you can imagine. Consider the various elements involved: plumbing, setting, temperature, interior design…fauna.I had my first taste of unique plumbing in Ireland. In the hostels where I was staying, the shower heads had no cold or hot taps, just one big knob.
Who says romance is dead? Check out these modern day tales of love.Are we, as our own love doyenne Carrie Bradshaw once posited, living in the “Age of Un-Innocence”? Did romance die somewhere between the 20th and 21st Century?Romeo and Juliet have long since jumped ship. Jane and Rochester are distant memories.
If you’re waiting for riches and career success… you are missing the boat and may be waiting until it is too late.The excuse of waiting until you’re old and rich before making a contribution to the collective betterment of society is a naive and harmful mindset.Reading stories about the Bill Gates and Warren Buffets of the world persuade us that only after supreme wealth can we afford to give back.
It’s a pretty common story. You’re walking through a new town or patch of forest, certain of your path. You panic as everything begins to seem unfamiliar. The light is fading. You need to find your way and you need to find it now.Study a map Look at where you’re going, and where you’re going to be. Look for anomalies, particularly large ones.
Tomorrow, Iranians will go to the polls to vote for president. Though no woman is running, the outcome will reflect the extent to which women are redefining politics and public space in Iran and throughout the region.Photo: Amir Farshad EbrahimiThe future of incumbent candidate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is at stake in tomorrow’s election.
Don’t try this in downtown San Jose. Photo: Ed Yourdon Editor’s note: This note is an excerpt from the first chapter of Wanderjahr, an in-the-works narrative recounting the story of a young traveler’s explorations of place, people, and self during a research year abroad in Central and South America. At this point in the story, the narrator has recently landed in San Jose.
Learning how to communicate with animals may be the missing link to respecting, and saving, the planet.Photo: Azriel CohenWhen we travel and think about expanding our awareness to understand other cultures, we are referring to “human” culture.Most of us are not thinking about the culture of other-than-human-life.
Headed out on the road for a Delta blues adventure? Don’t forget these tunes from Mississippi boys who made good.Rough Guide to Delta BluesThis is an evocative sampler of the raw, ragged blues that came out of the Delta in the pre-war years, from the likes of Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson and– of course– Robert Johnson, who so famously sold his soul at the crossroads.
A new breed of spiritual travelers are hitting other lands and cultures. And they have money.The world is a storm and always has been. Many choose to drop it and head out into the unknown, journeying as much through exotic lands as their own inner terrain. These travelers recognize that life provides countless opportunies for inner exploration and conscious evolution, and actively seek out experiences of a spiritual nature.