Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Riding the history train

There used to be a train that ran through El Sauce, Nicaragua. During the civil war, it stopped running and after a time people took up the track to sell for money. The train was sold to Japan. Now, the former track is a dirt trail that runs from…

Art, in everyday life

BRIN/DJIBONKER, SENEGAL — Only the flames from the fire light the cooking shelter, where Berthe is patting the gauze, carefully folded over the top of the pot of piping hot corn rounds, steam wafting up and out into the black night. She started w…

Journey to manhood.

During this amazing journey, I had the absolute honor to witness a Bukusu circumcision ceremony. It's more of an all-day and all-night affair, a rite of passage for each boy to transform into a Bukusu man. They choose when they are ready, and the…

Most favorite selfie, take 2

There are not enough ways to count the awesomeness of this moment and photo. Me, Aime (too tall in the back to see), and the guys in his traditional dance group, after they tore it up at our base on my final day in Brin, Senegal, taking photos for…

Traditional dance: Old, with the new

In many ways, in the small villages in this area of the Casamance, Senegal, traditional culture is changing and part of the changing times. On my final day with the Leverhulme Crossroads language team, Aime (in on left) came over with his tradition…

Uzupis: Art, all the time.

Uzupis. Started by artists and rebels right after the Iron Curtain came down. It has thrived in the Lithuanian capitol since 1990. Even the little back pathways are filled with art. Artists get a break on studio space in the incubator ... and it's…