Category Archives: Cultural Focus

A story, tradition or description relating to a particular group of people

When traveling around the Western Cape of South Africa with my sister last March, we noticed that picnics were common everywhere–from Cape Town, up the Garden Route, and through the Winelands. In Cape Town, locals headed to the beach or rode the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to watch the sunset while […]

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Such a cold winter everywhere… Up in Minnesota, temps have been dropping to -15 F with windchills of -40 to -60 below zero. It’s been so cold that schools have been cancelled this week, according to my family who lives there. Luckily when I visited last month, it was not quite so cold, and people […]

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On a recent day trip from Santiago, Chile, I traveled an hour east to the Maipo Valley to ride with local arrieros (Chilean cowboys) and their beautiful horses in the Andes mountains. What a fabulous day!!! The Oldens, a British family who owns the ranch in El Toyo and operates Horseriding Chile, organized the excursion […]

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Later that same morning (see last blog entry Reflection of Lion’s Head) as we were about to leave this ocean pool, we saw a group of people gathering on shore, some with drums and some wearing red religious robes. So of course we stuck around.  It soon became clear that a baptism was going to take place. We […]

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  Ever wonder whatever happened to those giant statues of Communist leaders and exemplary workers that were scattered around Eastern Europe during Soviet occupation? Well, the statues that once lined important streets, intersections and squares in Budapest between 1947-1988 now stand in this park on the outskirts of town, just 15 minutes by car, bus […]

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