I’ve just started watching La Mappa Misteriosa on ABC iView. Each episode of the series is less than ten minutes and it’s compelling viewing — no mean feat for a program essentially designed for learners of Italian. It’s a clever interactive drama that mimics the experience of cultural immersion. The introductions are in English, and English punctuates each… Read More Exploring Italy with La Mappa Misteriosa
From just about every job I’ve ever had in community development, it becomes more and more obvious that the answer to many problems is systems change.… Read More What’s the best way to deal with children and begging in poor countries?
Over the past week I could feel myself letting go of my usual penchant for structured time, and felt proud of myself for cancelling a day trip up the Atlas Mountains, as well as a half day cooking class. I was feeling a bit more free spirited than usual…which is why my last day in… Read More A bad encounter with a Moroccan man in Essaouira that led to mint tea in a family home in Marrakech
As a naturally early riser, I find the mornings very peaceful in Marrakech. For the past few days I’ve been awake to hear the first call to prayer.… Read More The medina of Marrakech and the emerging middle-class
When I told my family that I was going to India for a few weeks, they couldn’t imagine why I was choosing to go to such a poor and dirty place where children begged for money on the streets. My dentist, who was Vietnamese like us, also had a less than encouraging reaction on my… Read More Conversations on New Delhi’s tourist trail