The Lioness

Shenda is a real Dominicana, as lush with life as her country. She can sing and drive, dance and work, laugh and fight at the same time Her laughter is her roar: when she throws back her head, the zest for life sparks from her eyes and the deep joy erupts in sound, and everyone with the tiniest sense of power …

The Human Factor

  Maybe there was something forced in his smile. Or in the way he was shrugging his shoulders extra casually while explained he and his wife had built this lovely Lodge together. Because I knew instantly that there was trouble in this hidden paradise consisting of little white houses with ocean view. As I learned, later on, my host was …

Question from a white privileged voyager

I know I am privileged. I am healthy, not wealthy but doing fine, was born into a country that provides me with the most powerful passport in the world – at least according to these guys – don’t have a religion that anyone deems threatening these days and, yes, I am white. Basically, the only thing I got down “wrong” is …

The second Connection

I had come to Venice to study abroad for one semester. We had been told that we would all have roommates but after one week of had passed I found myself sitting in my room getting my hopes up – maybe I was the lucky one on campus getting privacy and her very own bathroom? I had just changed into …

Are you a colonialist traveler?

So, I have a question for you: While traveling, do you sometimes hear a little dismissive voice inside your head? You know, that voice that says things like “I can’t believe they are letting this building fall apart, just imagine what they could do with it” or “They really don’t know how to use spices, do they?” or “This traffic, pure chaos, …