The View from Taxco

Taxco is another “magic town” in the mountains three hours south of Mexico City. It is known for its silver

Best Travel Tip Ever

Walking through the narrow tunnels inside the world’s largest pyramid, I encountered a group of American tourists. As I meandered

Flying over Murals

With a wave of his hand, it was clear the man who had just paid for my bus fare would

Refugee Stories

Thanks to the Transatlantic Outreach Program and the Fulbright fellowship I participated in, I’ve been able to bring many lessons

After the 1:1 Honeymoon Period

My Love/Hate Relationship With Student Chromebooks This article originally appeared in Literacy Daily, the International Literacy Association’s blog. I looked at

This is Cuba!

As I sat in the cockpit of the Airbus A320, I thought, “What a fitting end to my first trip

Two Stories

I had conversations with two Cubans in twenty-four hours, representing very different points of view. A Dream Denied I strolled

Wi-fi and Ballet

Here is a post about two unrelated Cuban experiences. Wi-fi “Do you need a wifi card?” a young man on

Fish and Revolution

A Chicken for Fish “The man with the fish is here,” whispered the owner of the house after she quietly


Farming is a hard life no matter where you are. Imagine having to sell 90% of your crops to the

Don’t Ask Why

One of the first things I learned from our guide, photographer Luis Alarcon, was “Don’t ask why.” Why is the

A Mystery

Cuba is a mystery. I was there for just two weeks and have left with many more questions than answers.

Simply the Best

Even though our group had an early flight (except for the three of us who would be staying in Europe),

The Rest of the Story

There was so much more to our TOP Tour than the few posts I’ve written. Here are a few highlights

Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

It was the only cool and rainy day of our two-week TOP Tour when we rode the train to Oranienburg, about