I knock on Jack’s cabin door at 6:30pm. I am tired but happy to dine with others. We walk down the main road until we reach Crazy Mango’s. It’s a simple place with a beautiful view of the ocean and a … Continue reading →
Captain Morgan’s treasure is rumored to be buried here. Local legend has it that this is the real Robinson Crusoe island. The place is Utila, a small island off the coast of mainland Honduras. My journey to Utila was unplanned … Continue reading →
Le Grand Colbert may look familiar to you. Maybe you remember it as the backdrop in the film “Something’s Gotta Give” featuring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, or maybe it looks familiar because it’s been copied so much. A historic … Continue reading →
“Ordering the same played-out cabernet is like buying a size 13 Prada shoe because it’s on sale. You know it doesn’t fit but you buy it because you think it’s right.” These were the first words I heard as I … Continue reading →
The gelato shop filled with tourists and locals alike suddenly goes dark. The noisy city becomes silent. A young girl turns her attention towards the window, pauses mid-lick and gasps.
Around the corner, rubber faces and hooded figures appear. A giant Jesus surrounded by ruby red flower arrangements are beautifully displayed on floats following masked people.
Easter in Seville has officially begun. Unlike Easters to the West, the colors are not pastel, but dark greens and reds. Braided Easter breads are freshly baked and sold on every street corner. The Grand Cathedral is as crowded as the local tapas joint. Street performers wear their more most impressive garb, portraying characters and angels from scenes of the Passion.
The celebration of colors lasts for almost a week. And as soon as it is over, the planning for next year’s precession begin. If successful. the same young girl will drop her gelato altogether, rather than pause mid-lick.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust What would it be like to cook every meal with fresh fruits from the jungle and only a small wooden fire … Continue reading →