In Honor and Celebration of International Women’s Day 2014

“International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.” In honor and celebration of International Women’s Day 2014, these are some of my favorite photographs that I have taken of women in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bhutan. To me, all these women are beautiful and inspirational. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day on March 8 is “Inspiring Change…for greater awareness of women’s equality…for more women in leadership roles…for equal recognition of Continue Reading →

A Second Promo for my Travel Photography Book: Windows and Doors of Bhutan

My book, “To Open and Unlock: A Collection of Photographs of Windows and Doors from Ten Countries,” is almost ready!! Update: My book is ready – available on Amazon, with preview on Blurb. In the meantime, here is a small sampling of the many windows and doors photos that are in the Bhutan chapter. Some of the words in this blog are taken directly from my book. The Bhutanese love red hot chili peppers. They are considered a vegetable in Bhutan, not just a spice. A large part of the Bhutanese cuisine, culture, and life is centered around growing chilies. Continue Reading →

Bhutan: Wangduephodrang Dzong: Building a Castle in the Sand

I was told by one of my Bhutanese guides that 374 years ago, a little boy was building a castle in the sand near the Punatshangchu River in Bhutan. His name was Wangdi, meaning “power to subdue.” During that time, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, a great spiritual, cultural, and military leader, who is regarded as the founder of Bhutan, ordered the construction of many monasteries and dzongs throughout the country. Dzongs are fortress-temples, a combination of a place for both secular and religious authority, and today, each of the 20 districts of Bhutan has one. So centuries ago, Zhabdrung saw the Continue Reading →

Bhutan: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I miss Bhutan. I think about the country nearly everyday. Sure I’ve been writing blogs since my return from my travels there (October 2011), which obviously makes me think about the country. But I think about Bhutan more than just for writing my blogs. I think about it on a deeper level. And I miss the country. What I miss most are the people. Everyone I met was extremely gracious, friendly, and genuine. I feel like I have made some life-long friends. I spent the most time with my guides, three of them, all fantastic leaders, answering my questions and Continue Reading →

Bhutan: Archery and Darts…WaHaa WaHaa WaHaaaaaaaa

“Archery in Bhutan is more than a sport, it is a living example and a dynamic manifestation of the unique traditions and culture of the Bhutanese people, it is a celebration of the Bhutanese way of life. No festival and no celebration is complete without a game of archery and the game itself is a combination of physical talents and spiritual influences where the deities and spirits are called upon to help a player or a team to perform better and win the contest.” Archery and darts are also a song, and a dance, and a whole lot of celebrating Continue Reading →