Travel Tips for Capoeiristas

Posted in Capoeira| Packing| Tips
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Early on in my capoeira career, I remember sitting, tired and sweaty, on a gym floor after a full day of training, listening to one of the capoeira masters speak. His words stood out to me as he talked about the importance of travel as you develop your skills in capoeira.  How going out in the world and experiencing…

Travel Ink

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Three years ago I was scrolling through a friend’s Instagram feed and I came across an image that made me pause. The print was of a monarch butterfly, in all white. One half of the image was the traditional butterfly print with wings spread, the other half was of the continents of the world, arranged to complete…

Where Have I Been?

Posted in Blogging| Travel
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Is this post going to be a list of the lovely places I've traveled to recently? No,...not really. The question "Where Have I Been" is really more for this blog. Where has it been for the last nine months? Well, as I told fellow travel bloggers at a conference a few weeks ago, this little blog…

Arabic: Remembering What I Barely Knew

Posted in Arabic| language
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Three years ago I headed off to Lebanon for 6 weeks with grand plans of studying the beautiful Arabic language. After minoring in Japanese in college and studying in Tokyo for 5 months, I had no delusions of language grandeur. I knew I wasn't going to leave Lebanon with a full grasp of the language. But I thought…

Treasures Close to Home

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One day into my first (of three) international summer trips for 2015, I wanted to stop and take a moment to throw some love out to my adopted home state of California.  I have to say that I feel pretty darned fortunate to live in a city that many people consider a prime vacation spot. When I fly…

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