Category: Travel

Mediterranean Mosaics of Chaos and Order: How Arabic-Speaking Norman Warriors Produced Multicultural Marvels

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” –Carl Jung In the Mediterranean region, diverse cultures and religions of Africa, Asia, and Europe chaotically churn like turbulent currents beating upon a rocky shore. The pounding water brings destruction and change, gradually reshaping the land over the centuries. At the same

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A 10th Century Multicultural Eve, Serpent, and Adam

Today’s image of Eve, the Serpent, and Adam in our series on Serpents, Seduction, and Sin: “The Fall” in Art Through the Ages is another illuminated manuscript from the Iberian Peninsula. The Codex Vigilanus (named for one of the scribes), also known as Codex Albeldensis (after the monastery in which is was made), is a

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Learning the Secrets of the Ancients: Pre-Historic Krabi

The Wisdom of the Ancestors The dark dampness of the cave presses like a weight upon Little Red’s skin. The pungent smell of burning herbs, mingled with the damp earthy scent of moss-covered stones, stings his nostrils. A low groaning hum resonates from deep in the shaman’s throat, echoing mysteriously in the dark abyss. Little

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Mountain, Water, Coffee: Tara Coffee on the Road to Samoeng, Chiang Mai

The Chinese have a word for their dreamy landscape paintings: Shan Shui 山水 – “Mountain Water”. These landscapes are often graced by wistful poems for nostalgic travelers, such as this one: 今曉日兼雨  This morning there was sun and rain, 土芳當腳髒  The earth is fragrant, and it’s fitting that my feet are dirty. 故鄉隔天末  My home’s beyond the edge of

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Rhythm of the Rain in Had Yao, Krabi

We call it “The Green Season” now…because “rainy season” was misleading. There are many bright, beautiful days during the months of the Southwest Monsoon (about mid-May through October) here on the Andaman Sea coast of southern Thailand. But there are days of glorious, refreshing, cooling rains. Our perspective on rainy days is important…many might see

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Krabi, Beads, and the Ancient Maritime Silk Road

Awaiting a Homecoming The lanky dark-complexioned boy clutches the string of holy beads tightly as he gazes out over the stormy sea, the howling wind stinging his eyes with the white sea foam. A majestic sea eagle cries out and spreads its broad wings above his head, gracefully turning in the stiff breeze with its eye

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Freedom Fighters in Backwater Krabi: The World War II Experience

It was a horrifying sight in a war filled with horrifying sights. But the other atrocities were just stories that 10-year-old Little Red had heard. This was real. A bloated corpse, barely recognizable as a Japanese sailor but for the anchor symbol on its sleeve and a scarf with Japanese characters pressing into its swollen

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A Tragic Valor: Defense of Prachuap Khiri Khan

Imagine in the early hours of December 8th, 1941, instead of hearing the crowing roosters and soulful songs of morning birds, while fishermen hawk their catch off of their moored boats, you hear the hum of troop transport boats and the sharp report of gunfire. Under the dim light of a waning moon, mostly covered

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Mindfulness Meditation by the Andaman Sea

Stop. Relax. Focus. Renew Your Energy. Practicing Mindfulness brings us into the moment. It helps us focus and regroup our thoughts. Numerous studies have shown the well-being and productivity benefits of Mindfulness. I’m blessed to live in a natural setting, by the Andaman Sea, and I’ve put together this meditation piece of all-natural sounds from

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