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Post Diwali Indulgences

New Delhi, India
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It’s that time of the year again! There is a slight nip in the air and the smells of autumn fill up mornings. Diwali has just gone by but that really hasn’t put a stop to all the festivities. The... Read more

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Skeletons, Tamales & Familia: Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

November 1, 2014

I wrote this piece, about spontaneously spending el Día de los Muertos with a family in Oaxaca, several years ago; it’s based on an experience...

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  • Sierra Leone

    It’s not hard to love Sierra Leone. Yes, that Sierra Leone, the little country in West Africa best known for an ugly history of slavery, rebel child soldiers fighting a decade-long civil war (1991-2002), and the violent thriller “Blood Diamond.” Ten years removed from its dreadful war, the country, though still showing its scars and beset by poverty and poor infrastructure, boasts a freely…   Read more

     

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    • Self-caught fish & oysters on a beautiful beach resort in Sierra Leone

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      Banana Island, Sierra Leone

      On a trip to Banana Island in Sierra Leone, we had the chance to sample our own catch of seafood. We set out on a small boat to the oyster reef. We had to be there at low tide, as the oysters …    Read more

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  • Tiwai Island, Sierra Leone: 11 Primate Species, Five Tents, One Cook

    Our immediate impressions of Tiwai Island, a wildlife sanctuary/research facility and community-led conservation initiative in Sierra Leone’s southeast, weren’t the best: Here we found ourselves on a hot, buggy tropical island in…   Read more

  • Freetown Through a Car Window

    We first arrived to Freetown via water taxi from the airport, a bumpy adventure in the pitch-black night. Our brief drive through the western part of town revealed a city in full Friday-night revelry: unruly streets, overflowing clubs, and…   Read more

  • African cooking: What's with the Maggi cubes?

    Maggi stock cubes—rich with sodium, MSG, and hydrogenated fats—are ubiquitous in West African cooking. Meet the nutritious traditional seasonings they’re replacing. Groundnut soup, Sierra Leone At a beautiful eco-resort on…   Read more

  • Local Oysters, Sierra Leone Style

    After a full day village-hopping along the Freetown Peninsula’s beautiful coastline, we hit our last stop, Bureh beach. We didn’t plan on saving the best for last; it just happened. On this idyllic stretch of palm tree-studded…   Read more

  • Sierra Leone: A Traveler’s Perspective

    Somewhere between waking up to peaceful lagoon views; swimming in a warm, empty sea before breakfast; and feasting on spicy pumpkin stew at lunch, I started to wonder: Why isn’t this place swarmed with tourists? View of lagoon from…   Read more

 

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