Archive for Category: "Active"

22Feb
2013

Carnival in Trinidad Party Report

As promised, my coverage of Carnival in Trinidad continues. Below is my “Just Back From” post I penned for Fodor’s Travel that details the Carnival highlights, from whining, liming and feting to everything in between. Also, you can learn what exactly those Trinidadian English terms mean in the Fodor’s post linked here: Just Back From: Carnival in Trinidad I talked a bit about high-energy, have-to-move-your-body, soca music in the post. In the video below you can hear more of the […]

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19Feb
2013

Images from Trinidad Carnival 2013

I am recently back from celebrating Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, particularly in Port of Spain, the two-island nation that calls the claim to fame of being the “Home of Carnival.” I spent a close-to-sleepless (couldn’t miss anything!) week there, partaking in all the Carnival revelry I could. It was a crazy week packed with cultural “fêting,” or partying/celebrating as they call it there. The Trinidadians know how to Carnival, and this is coming from someone who spent Carnival 2012 […]

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29Jan
2013

Walking the Walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Psst… in case you find these images a little familiar… did you know Game of Thrones is filmed in Dubrovnik’s old town? -Tara

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4Sep
2012

Moving to Argentina: Meeting People in Buenos Aires

One of the most alluring and daunting aspects about moving to a new city is the promised anonymity. I had little to no developed network when moving to Buenos Aires, other than the handful of friends I flew down with and the  few people I had been put in touch with before moving. It’s an understandable and necessary priority of many to get out, meet people and make new friends upon arrival. For those coming to Buenos Aires independent of […]

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5Dec
2011

El Motivo Tango Práctica at Villa Malcolm, Buenos Aires

I’ve edited and uploaded a video from the El Motivo Práctica at Villa Malcolm I reference in my prior blog post about milongas in Buenos Aires, as well as in my BBC Travel article The tango Buenos Aires tourists never see. The dance in the video actually is the dance I wrote in as the opening in the story. Unfortunately, the video it’s a bit dark, but I hope does an ample job of conveying the sentiment of the performance […]

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30Nov
2011

Milongas in Buenos Aires

For my latest piece on Buenos Aires for BBC Travel, I spent time a bit of time exploring the city’s underground tango milonga scene. A milonga (also often called a práctica) is any place where people gather to dance tango. As I detail in the article, the and the city’s collective milonga scene comprises this nocturnal world where the tango lives, thrives and evolves. BBC Travel article: The tango Buenos Aires tourists never see Below I’ve included some photos I took when […]

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30Jun
2011

Huffington Post Blog on Soccer in Argentina

Earlier this week, an essay I wrote titled  “An Outsider’s Perspective on River’s Relegation and Soccer in Argentina” was published in the Huffington Post sports section. The text is extracted below, or you can click the link to read it in full in its original home. On Sunday, the River Plate soccer club, a giant of national soccer, tied a game that demoted them from primera división to the second-tier B nacional and profoundly changed the Argentine soccer world. In […]

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9Jun
2011

Tango and Salsa in Buenos Aires

From the packed and thumping boliches (nightclubs) to the sultry tango, dance is an important facet of Argentine culture. While I didn’t grow up in tutus or performing in dance recitals, I do love to dance, and living in Buenos Aires has given me the opportunity to indulge that and attempt to actually add some technique to my grooving. Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango, and while it is the obvious choice for shows and lessons here, it’s salsa […]

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4May
2011

Visiting El Calafate and Perito Moreno

One of Argentina’s Patagonian gems is El Calafate, a charming town of about 10,000 permanent residents (according to our chatty taxi driver) in Santa Cruz Province. El Calafate reminded me of a ski town, but instead of skiing, it’s is hiking: hiking on ice, in fact. El Calafate is beloved tourist destination because of its proximity to Los Glaciares Nacional Park, which contains Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most visited glaciers in the park. An elaborate set of bridges […]

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