Flying Above A Storm

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After five hours of killing time in San Juan Airport, a feat which was harder than expected, it was finally time to board the flight to Santo Domingo. The contrast was immediate as soon as I stepped on to the plane — whereas the flight from Jacksonville to San Juan was basically…

Journey to Two Temples

It is a tradition in India, amongst those of the Hindu faith, to travel long journeys to special temples where they give their hair to God. It is a journey of self sacrifice that young and old make, a sacrifice performed many times in one lifetime. Because of this tradition, India has…

Beer & Avocados — Reflections on Santo Domingo

A selection of local fruits and vegetables at our nearby colmado

I have been away from the Dominican Republic for so long, eight months, that, in coming back I can experience it more as an outsider while still retaining my inside perspective. Heat The first thing I feel is the heat which is so intense, enveloping and relentless that one has no choice…

Jazz Under the Haitian Sun

In Haiti with my little brother Jacob

I traveled to Haiti three times with my father — first in 1976 for 6 weeks and twice more in 1978 and 1980 for 3 months. The first trip I was overcome, starstruck, by this different land with dark faces and lots of white, smiling teeth; grabbing hands and hungry bellies. It…

Weekend at Grandma’s

Last weekend Karan went with his family to visit his grandparents. It’s a 4-5 hour trip by bus from Chennai. I took these screenshots while I talked to him on my iPod (I was lying down in my bed so I look really strange). I like them because for the first time…