April 27, 2015 |
'You came to Holi to play . . . so you must play. " A bewigged Vrindavan youth pointed a spray gun at my chest, but spared me when I protested, "Chai - you can't squirt me if I'm holding a chai. " No one, he well understood, should be interrupted while enjoying India's spiced version of tea. For a moment, I was free from a fluorescent blue liquid that soaks through clothes and stains the skin. He was correct, though. I was here to play. I had visited Vrindavan, two hours south of Delhi, to celebrate Holi, India's spring festival of colors, typically held in March.
April 20, 2015 |
As a teacher of history and a child of the Cold War period, I was always fascinated with the events that led to the U.S. embargo against Cuba. The island nation, the Caribbean's largest, was the "forbidden fruit" of travel, which only heightened my desire to visit it. When I learned about the people-to-people tours that allowed travellers to go to Cuba to see what the Cuban government wanted them to see, I quickly made a reservation. After a briefing on what to expect, what not to expect (toilet seats in most places)
April 20, 2015 |
Marcus Molina is a real-life version of that mythical beast known as the millennial homebuyer. Just after college, the 25-year-old Philadelphia native bought his first house in North Philly for $65,000. For a look at how he swung it financially, Molina gave us an account of why he bought, how he saved, and how he afforded a mortgage along with student loans. Buying a home was "something I wanted to do for a long time. It's something my mother instilled in me. We never rented, we always owned our homes," he said.
April 13, 2015 |
The rocky cliff platform looked perilous from below, and even more perilous when I stood on it. My wife, Christina, my two teenage kids from a previous marriage, and I had arrived by cruise ship in Bermuda that morning - a happy occurrence as 48 hours earlier, we'd been expecting a trip north from New York to St. John, Newfoundland. Hurricane Arthur, however, had other plans, creeping up the East Coast early last July. Carnival Cruises made the eleventh-hour decision to take us southeast instead, ahead of the storm, to the pink sands of Bermuda.
April 5, 2015 |
When our daughter, a physical-therapy student, was offered a 10-week clinical experience in Fairbanks, Alaska, my husband and I encouraged her to go for it. "We'll come and visit!" we said. Upon hearing that her assignment was from February through April, though, we had second thoughts. Would we freeze? Would there be enough daylight to enjoy the trip? My husband and I decided to go for it, too. On Jan. 28, the three of us flew to Alaska to spend two days in Anchorage, then drove 360 miles north to Fairbanks.
March 30, 2015 |
On my second day in Paris, and the beginning of my 32d year, I stood among six or seven million skeletons as strangers sang "Happy Birthday" to me. There in the catacombs, 65 feet and 130 stone steps below the 14th arrondissement , I began my journey. It was last October, and Paris was the jumping-off point. From Gare L'Est, one of the city's oldest stations, I was to board the first of a series of trains that would take me across the waistline of Europe, tracing the original Orient Express through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, and Turkey.
March 23, 2015 |
About a year ago, my husband signed on to a team whose mission was to improve the STEM skills (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) of high school students in Egypt. When the project required visiting a Cairo public school, I agreed to join him when the meetings had concluded. Travel to that part of the world both excited and terrified me. The U.S. Embassy travel-advisory notices were brutally honest and had warned of a "heightened risk of violence" in Cairo due to the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 Revolution, which was the time frame of our trip.
March 15, 2015 |
The warning growl, a flash of orange, heightened tension in the air: A tiger is near! This is what I had imagined and wanted to experience. Mention tiger , and India comes to mind. So, a few years ago, my wife, son, and I decided to visit Ranthambhore, a onetime princely hunting ground turned tiger preserve 112 miles from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state in western India. We stayed in a luxury tent, once used to accommodate guests during tiger hunts in the last century.
March 13, 2015 |
AS A YOUNGSTER growing up in King of Prussia with a fascination for science and math, Jayatri Das enjoyed spending time at the Franklin Institute. As with many Philadelphia-area students, walking through the giant heart made an impression on her. Today, Jayatri Das, Ph.D., is chief bioscientist at the institute, where she led the team that created the museum's largest exhibit, Your Brain, which opened last June. Tonight, Das will be among four women scientists to be spotlighted in the fifth annual "Color of Science" program at the Franklin Institute.
March 9, 2015 |
In the summer of 2010, with our 50th wedding anniversary approaching (in 2014), our four adult children said, "Let's all take a trip to Germany together and see where Mom and Dad were married (and lived for two years)!" Loving the suggestion and thinking this was way better than a party, we agreed it could be an amazing adventure. In 1964, my husband was an MP stationed just outside of Heidelberg, attached to U.S. Army Europe Headquarters. After months of planning, obtaining a passport, and purchasing a $303 one-way ticket, I flew to Frankfurt via London on a Pan Am 707 out of JFK Airport on a cold February evening.