5 Not-so-typical Reasons to Visit Oaxaca

Oaxaca is fast becoming the place to visit in Mexico. It has everything, including the best food in the country, incredible ruins, a diverse indigenous population, amazing chocolate and coffee, a perfect climate, and stunning landscapes. Google “Oaxaca” and you will come up with dozens of “top ten reasons to visit Oaxaca” blog posts. They […]

Sierra Life

“Five days is four too many,” I was told after I had booked my trip to the mountain town of Benito Juárez, about two hours from Oaxaca. A new friend from Oaxaca informed me that the Sierra region is beautiful and is known for its ecotourism, but that I wouldn’t need more than a day […]

Monte Albán

Monte Albán is a short ride from the center of Oaxaca, but it is a world away. It contains the ruins of the old capital of the Zapotec people. Monte Albán dates back to 500 A.D. and at one time 35,000 people lived there. As I walked around, I was reminded of my visit to […]

Day Six: Sound and Color

 Color You may have noticed that I’m really into black and white photography lately. Well, today I’m throwing in a splash of color. Mexico City is a city of bright colors, from houses to foods, flowers and trees. It’s incredibly colorful. Here is a sampling. Sound I’ve decided to include some sound samples here as […]

Day Five: Frida, Diego, Jeff

Frida The Frida Kahlo Museum is the place to visit in this section of the city. The museum is located in the house where she lived with her husband and fellow artist, Diego Rivera. I was aware of Frida Kahlo and had seen some of her paintings, but really knew very little about her. Here’s […]

Day 2: Amor

It’s finally happened. I’m in love. Some of you have been waiting a long time for this announcement, so I’m happy to share. The love of my life embraces people from all over the world, speaks many languages, always has something interesting to share and loves back unconditionally. Yes, it’s la Ciudad de México, or […]


I don’t know what I’m going to write about in this post.  I have no ideas, just a few random, disconnected thoughts.  But I feel the need to write nonetheless.  I want those of you who worry if I miss a post to know that I’m fine, and that I have no idea when/if I’ll […]

Work It!

My brief career as a model began with a meeting at a Starbucks in the old walled neighborhood known as Intramuros in Manila.  I was a little nervous, wondering if I’d be able to pull this off, but I knew I was in good hands. I got to know BJ (Bien Joshua) on a photo […]


One of the things I am learning is that travel is just as much about the people you meet as the places you visit.  Sometimes those people are locals, or sometimes they are travelers.  Either way, I usually have more vivid memories of the people than I do of the places.  And this is coming […]

Cool, Cool River

“Do you want to jump, sir?”  Edsil, our guide on the hike to Tangadan Falls, asked me this several times.  I kept reminding him that jumping from heights is not for me.  A refreshing swim in the cold water at the falls was all I needed. My students, and now fellow adventure-seekers, McTery and Alzera, were […]

Panagbenga Festival

After six hours on a bus from Sagada to Baguio, up and down mountains and valleys and through beautiful scenery, I was happy to see a parking lot literally full of waiting taxis with more lined up on the street.   I just needed to get to my AirBnB and rest for the night. Strangely, all […]

A Tale of Two Cities

It’s hard to believe it’s been three weeks since Vicky Ann and I visited Angkor Wat, considered by many to be the number one tourist destination in Southeast Asia.  Angkor Wat is just one of hundreds of temples near the city of Siem Reap in northern Cambodia, and is the largest religious complex in the […]