One of the great things about Mexico is, of course, tequila. Having worked in the industry for a couple of years, I love learning about the process, comparing and contrasting, and most of all exploring something new. While everyone knows about tequila, few dabble...

One of the ways I love to engage new places and cultures is through dance. With a dance history that led me from ballet to jazz to hip-hop and finally to being certified as a teacher of Improvisational Tribal Style belly dance, dance is...

The best way to learn about a culture is to experience it. Interacting with local people through sharing meals and home stays can change the way we understand a culture. We see it from the perspective of the other, enlightening us as to not only...

The worst thing you can tell a Santero is that you’re visiting for anthropological reasons. When we met Victor, we did exactly that. Santeria has become business in Cuba due to economic difficulties, he said, not because of deficiencies in the religion. There was little...

In the morning we ate a 3$ breakfast of coffee, a smoothie, poached eggs, bread and fresh fruit at Casa La Marina. It was delicious. We got a recommendation from Tarcy, one of the owners of the Casa Particular, to check out Playa Blanca...

Our first impressions of Cuba: hitchhiking into Havana, drinking mojitos, dancing and smoking cigars in the Bodeguita del Medio and staying in Casa Particulares. ...

My decision to go to Larabanga was based almost entirely on the need to contradict disbelief. When I heard about the 8th century mud mosques, I asked a question that any logical person would: How is that possible? I even looked at photos, but it...

Wrestling matches, called Las Luchas, originated in Mexico. The WWF doesn’t want you to know that, not that anyone watches them anyway. The funny thing is that even though everyone knows it’s choreographed the WWF wants you to take them seriously. Not so with the...