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Discovering Nepalese cuisine, one plate at a time

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Before I visited Nepal, I was aware of exactly two dishes on a Nepalese menu: dal bhat and momos, and I had no real appreciation...
Grandmother and child

Educating girls in Solukhumbu, Nepal

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The young girl appeared as if in a dream, walking uphill through dense fog. She stopped to watch as our group made its slow...

FOOD & WINE TRAVEL

Autumn in Switzerland

Autumn: Switzerland’s best time for food travel?

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Switzerland is a marvelous year-round destination, but for many, autumn is THE season. Summer crowds are gone, ski season is not yet upon us,...
Street Food Festival Basel 2015

Celebrating street food in Basel, Switzerland

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With October comes what travel planners call the shoulder season, a concept that applies equally to food-oriented festivals. Soon we'll have the late-autumn fairs,...

AT HOME IN PORTUGAL

Tasting Porto in a time of lockdown

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On 18 March, Portugal declared a national emergency, and shuttered restaurants, bars and wine shops across the country. Through the weeks in lockdown, Tom...
Wine glass with Simplesmente Vinho written on it

Simplesmente Vinho

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Simplesmente Vinho, Porto’s alternative wine festival, recently concluded its eighth outing. The festival at Cais Novo, on the banks of the Douro River, featured...

CULTURE

Dongon mosque, Karakol, Kyrbyzstan

Traveling to Central Asia? Think Kyrgyzstan

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As should be evident from my recent posts about some of the people I met, and the places I visited during recent travels in...
Restoration Works International

In Nepal’s Lower Mustang, volunteers restore Chhairo Gompa

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The Chhairo Gompa complex is a Buddhist center of learning in Nepal's Lower Mustang Valley. Located south of Marpha on the Kali Gandaki River,...
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