Guatemala is rich with Mayan and Spanish Colonial culture and history that encompasses the mysterious ancient ruins of Tikal, the stunning vistas and the vibrant traditional costumes of Lake Atitlan, and the Baroque architecture of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I met Maureen Conneely moments after stepping off a small ferry and onto the tiny isle of Inis Meáin, the middle of the three main Aran Islands off Galway and the west coast of Ireland. I had been given Maureen’s name and number the day before by someone I met on the neighboring island of […]
. Officially a part of Italy, Sardinia is closer to Africa and has its own unique culture. The second largest island in the Mediterranean, its geography features aquamarine waters, sandy beaches, rocky coves, soaring limestone cliffs and lush valleys. Sardinia’s culture encompasses the Nuraghic civilization, which dates to 1900 B.C. and left a legacy of […]
Dara Molloy is a Celtic priest whom I met this summer when visiting the Aran Island of Inis Mor, off Galway and the West Coast of Ireland. Dara authored “Legends In The Landscape, A Pocket Guide to Inis Mór, Árainn,” which provides a wonderful introduction to the area’s history of rich Celtic spiritual traditions and […]
The Aran Island of Inis Mor is a special place. On Inis Mor, you can see the wind. You can see it in the ruddy faces of the men who work outside. You can see the wind in the rose-tinged stone of ancient ruins, imbued with the color of the “red tide” algae, borne inland […]
Dáithí de Mórdha works as an archivist at Ireland’s Great Blasket Centre, and has studied the literary heritage, language and culture of the island. He developed the Centre’s photographic archive as an integral part of the social and cultural record of the lives of the islanders. A contributor to documentary films on the heritage of […]
Some things will never change. Some things will always be the same…. I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once. ― Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again A painter in search of paradise need only pass through the gates to the old city of Quebec and walk in any direction […]
By Christine Barrely I have long had this adolescent dream of following the stars of my early reading years. To wander between the Red Sea, Tadjourah, Djibouti, Lake Assal, all the way up to the Abyssinian city of Harrar. It was a kind of mystical trip, in the steps of the “man with soles of wind”, […]
Riddle me this: How many indigenous languages are spoken in Scotland? Any kidding aside about needing a translation for the Scottish brogue, there are in fact three languages native to the country: English, Scots and Gaelic. A 2010 Scottish Government study of “public attitudes towards the Scots language” found that 64% of respondents “don’t really […]
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