Archive for September, 2007

Coffee and spirituality in Ethiopia

Those are two of the main attractions of Harar, an ancient Ethiopian city that is trying to make its way onto the world’s crowded tourist map, according to this travel article. For 1,000 years, this city on a hilltop has been a center of Islamic faith in the Horn of Africa, with a forbidding, 13-foot […]

Cappadocian moonscape

The landscape of Cappadocia in central Turkey has often been described as lunar-like. Travelers have long marveled at the whimsical rock formations that have been carved by nature, and the homes and churches that have been carved by people into the soft stone terrain. Gisela Williams recently experienced this scene for herself, which she wrote about […]

Two sides of Calcutta

When I was in Calcutta a few years ago, I was intrigued to discover that local residents alternately revered and resented Mother Teresa. They revered her, rightly, for the remarkable and selfless work she did in tending to the poor and the sick. But they also resented her work to some degree because the media […]

The Iranian paradox

It’s often been said that Iran has pehaps the most Western-oriented society in the Middle East, albeit one that is kept under wraps by one of the more repressive governments in the region. British writer Anne Penketh got an inside look at this Iranian paradox during a recent visit to the country. She wrote about […]

Exploring the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are one of the world’s natural wonders and are rightly famous for the part they played in helping Charles Darwin develop his theory of evolution. Carol Stogsdill recently visited several of the islands that make up the Galapagos and wrote about her experiences for the Los Angeles Times. The synonym […]

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