I first passed through Nicaragua in 1975 on a bus ride from Mexico to Panama. At that time, the capital of Managua was still reeling from the devastating 1972 earthquake which left the city in ruins. Yet 3 years had passed, and the dictator Anastasio Somoza, had moved very slowly to rebuild the country. It was rumored that he pocketed the donations and aid given to help the Nicaragua people rebuild. Fast forward 35 years when on a photo assignment I had the opportunity to explore Central America’s largest country. The Nicaraguans are... read more
“Sad….it’s very sad”, said our Casa Particular* owner when she told us of Fidel Castro’s passing. On November 25, Cubans lost the only leader that most had ever known. His death produced a profound sense of loss for many Cubans, and a hope for something new and different for others. When Fidel’s death was announced, we found ourselves in Santiago de Cuba, the nation’s second largest city which is located on the far eastern end of the island. It is a city rich with the history of Cuban revolutions, and it is the city from which... read more
Direct Flights to Cuba. A number of American carriers have initiated direct flights to Cuba. This makes traveling to the island much easier as you do not have to transit through Miami. For example, there are non stops between Los Angeles – Havana, Charlotte-Havana, Atlanta – Havana, JFK – Havana and more. Also there are direct flights from the US to other cities on the island such as Camaguey, Holguin, Cienfuegos and Santiago. The cost of these flights is competitive as there is an overcapacity of flights at the... read more
I live in both the “Land of Sky”—Asheville, North Carolina, USA—and also in the “Land of Smiles”—Thailand, where I encounter numerous smiling people every day. But do you know where is the “Land of Hugs” ??? I came upon the Land of Hugs on a year-long odyssey through South America in 1975. In the Land of Hugs, I found the people warm and friendly, somewhat shy at times, but certainly not huggers. The locals made beautiful woven fabrics. They played traditional Andean musical instruments... read more
Salar de Uyuni by Seth Arlow Welcome to one of the natural wonders of the world, The Salar de Uyuni, or the great Salt Flat of Uyuni, Bolivia. It is the world’s largest salt flat and it resulted from the transformation of several prehistoric lakes.When it rains, it also becomes the world’s largest mirror. It can be seen from the moon…… Traversing and exploring the salt flat is one of the highlights on our Viva Bolivia! Tour. The salt flat covers over 4,000 square miles and contains 10 billion tons of salt! We want to acknowledge... read more
How Do You Compare Them?
Imagine yourself on a magic carpet taking you to three of the world’s most amazing ancient ruins: Machu Picchu in Peru, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and Bagan in Myanmar (Burma). Today’s blog post will be your magic carpet ride to these three magical locations, all of which I have visited.
After a number of months of living here in Thailand, I have learned some unusual (to my western perspective) customs, which I will share with you in this blog post. Did you know that it is bad luck to have your hair cut on a Wednesday in Thailand? That explains why barbershops and beauty salons are often closed here on Wednesdays: it is a bad luck day to have your hair cut. Why? This custom is attributed to two different reasons: one is that this started many years ago when a previous king (the Thais love and revere their king) had his hair... read more
Traveling around the world makes your soul sing and shine…..but a journey that is good for your soul lasts a lifetime. Our SFT trips make your travel dreams come true ! With a small group (max 12 travelers) we experience the world in a more conscious present way. And the photographs we make facilitate the memories of shared understandings. Small Footprint Travelers journey in harmony with the cultures and peoples at our destination countries. With a spirit of discovery and exploration, we enjoy a more intimate immediate awareness,... read more
Unless you have been off the media grid, undoubtedly you have heard about the missing (for 11 days now) Malaysian Airlines flight which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. My sympathy goes out to all of the families of the passengers and crew on that flight. A few days ago, I was in Kuala Lumpur, a coincidental convergence of being in the capital as the drama unfolded. Top right. A traditional Malaysian... read more
If you have noticed Thailand in the news, it is probably because of the current political impasse. This post today will give you a glimpse of life here during these times. For those who have expressed concern about our safety, please know that we are fine and living in northern Thailand where we are working on upcoming Small Footprint Travels tours; life continues normally here. As a former photojournalist, I like to follow the news online, read the Bangkok Post newspaper, and try to keep abreast of the fluid and changing scene in Bangkok.... read more