What’s the Point of Holi Festival?


My first full day in the “pink city” of Jaipur was welcomed in technicolor fashion by the Bollywood-loving people of India.

It was Holi Fest day, a festival that has been adopted all over the world to usher in the beginning of Spring by hurling psychedelic powder through the air. In India, the festival is a reenactment of the legend of Holika. It is a Hindu celebration of the triumph of good over evil where a boy was saved from burning to death because of his devotion to Lord Naarayana, while Holika was burned because of her lack of it.

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How a 24-Hour Layover Led to a Storybook Stay


I made a mistake and I was all the better for it.

What was supposed to be a short one-hour layover, turned out to be a day inside a storybook. While booking a connection back to the states, I realized there was a time gap–a large one. I was stuck in Frankfurt for 24 hours and set off to check off another item on my YOLO (You Only Live Once) list–driving on the autobahn.

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An American in Cuba

El Centro Habana (1 of 1)

The bus from Ciego de Avila is pitching and rattling through the darkness on the bumpy road back to Havana. Seven more hours of this. Seven! The long ride felt like a turbulent jet landing.

It is the end of my trip to Cuba and it has been a blend of heaven and hell. My dream trip to this off-limit country turned into several days of struggle, slight weight loss, a few tears and in the end a love for the people of this country that will keep me coming back.

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