Along The Way

Here is a list of the people I met while hiking to the summit of Machu Picchu. Sure, there were plenty more people, but these are thise that stand out. 1) There was a 12 y/o boy from Sao Paulo who hiked to montaña Machu Picchu with his mother. He complained about the problems in…

Chincha Sour

Yojjana, a cute 21 year old caramel complected Chincha native, made my Chincha Sour behind the bar. It was delicious and sour as it should be. Perfecto! I drank with my driver, whose name I did not write down so I have since forgotten. He had fresh squeezed orange juice so as not to betray…

Cotton Picking

It was hot. There was no end to the amount of work they did. The hours were from sunrise to sunset. They were in a foreign land far from their home. Escaping was not a realistic option. If they made an attempt they risked being severely punished. The work involved pain. Each time they picked…

Classes

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr has played a pivotal role in my travels and awareness recently. I have already traveled to the same locales he visited during the filming of his documentaries on Africa, in particular, Ethiopia. A little more than four years ago he also produced a PBS series entitled Black in Latin America…

London

Sadly, England is grappling with the aftermath of  this past week’s terrorist attack. It was no wonder security was so tight in and around the city. I departed from Manama, Bahrain six hours prior to arriving at London Heathrow Airport. With a six hour layover I decided to see the sights. After being grilled by the…

A Quik Story 

I awoke and did what I usually do which is type ‘Dj Quik’ into my iTunes app to listen to some of his music. I was pleasantly surprised to see that he released new music — the Rosecrans LP. Now I am poolside reading a book and intermittently putting the book down to post to…

ToMoCa

If you visit Addis Ababa you must try ToMoCa coffee. We did and we were pleasantly surprised, deighted, and energized after sipping our Lattes, Caramel Macchiatos, and Blacks. Check out these photos of the first Tomoca coffeehouse in Addis. It opened in 1953.

Final Hours in Lalibela

En route to the Asheten Mariam Rock Hewn Monastery this morning, I was delightfully accosted by two sisters who demanded that I wait for them to make their way up the mountain to meet face-to-face, politely shake their hands, and take their photos because they’re just too cute. I obliged. Thereafter I made my way…

Ethiopian Beauties

On Tuesday I decided not to sleep in. This was not a problem because my night’s sleep at the Panoramic Hotel was quite invigorating. I awoke and went for a city stroll that unbeknowst to me lead into a round trip six hour hike to the hilltop monastery. When my legs could take me no…

Lalibela

On Monday I visited some of the churches at Lalibela that were commissioned by Ethiopian King Lalibela after he traveled to Israel sometime around the 12th century. He sought to spread Christianity and protect the Ark of the Covenant by building a magnificent church to house the most significant religious artifact. The church was hewn…

Goodwill

It was Sunday and I had left Bahir Dar to make my way to Gondar. My driver took me across the Ethiopian flatlands for nearly four hours before we arrived at what was once the capital city more than 500 years ago. I wanted to ask my driver to stop so that I may take…

Coffee Break

Touring the Alem-Faisal’s castle made me tired so naturally I stopped to have some coffee.