¡Oh, Oaxaca!

My love affair with Mexico continues, this time in Oaxaca (WA-há-CA), the capital of Oaxaca state in the southern part

Teach Like an Artist

I told everyone I was doing this for my five-year-old granddaughter, but I must admit I felt giddy standing next

Teaching the “Middle East”

I just returned from a week at Duke University where I attended an incredible institute focused on teaching the Middle

Semana Santa, Parte II

Statues and angels are not the only things to see during Holy Week processions. Within each of the dozens of

Semana Santa, Parte I

It’s hard to describe in words the processions that happen every night during Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Taxco. Groups

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