It’s morning in Nicaragua and I am staying at the Mango Rosa Hotel with my Under30Experiences group trip. Our hotel is a collection of modern cabanas surrounded by jungle and apparent nothingness as far as the eye can see. The open space, the silence interrupted only by birds or monkeys, the heat that hugs… [Read More]
During my visit to Oaxaca, I traveled with Cantimplora Travel — founded by two local photographers – to discover the local culture, cuisine and yes, mezcal. In this new video, I meet with agave farmer and mezcal crafter, Alberto Martinez.
Coming to Oaxaca is like falling in love; you walk the streets and feel as though you’ve found a part of yourself here amidst the Sierra Madre mountains and cobblestone streets of the Old City. At once immediately familiar–like recognizing yourself in another–but exhilarating like love. Oaxaca is located in Southern Mexico and… [Read More]
It’s nighttime in Mexico and I am bracing myself against the evening chill as I pull the flimsy, blue bed sheet tighter around my naked body. I am standing in the front yard of a local shaman’s family home–about an hour outside of Oaxaca City–and am carrying a bushel of basil and twigs as… [Read More]
A few years ago, I did an exchange program in Mexico. Even though the purpose of my trip was initially to study, I also took advantage of this opportunity to explore the country. We didn’t have much vacations but I would usually go away on weekends and discover different regions; but then, a few… [Read More]
As I sit here in New York City looking at the dreary, rainy day unfolding outside my window, let me reach back in time to almost one year ago when my view was not red brick buildings and alleyways of Astoria; but rather the jungle foliage and sunny weather of Panama. Back in March… [Read More]
If I close my eyes, I can still remember the first taste of that spoonful of freshly made dark chocolate. The subtle crunch of the sugar granules lending its sweetness, the slight bitter taste from the cocoa beans mixing with the smoothness of the whipped in milk. Moments ago I had seen all 3… [Read More]