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During Alison Teal's travels with her husband Sam Brown (each, relics
of the sixties), she has frequent political, sociological,
gastronomical and physical Hot Flashes. She graduated from Smith
College and has been a writer/photographer for
thirty-some years interrupted by service in Democratic
administrations. She is a big fan of dangling participles,
liposuction and election recounts. She is wanted in three states --
by two daughters and a son.


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Entries by Alison Teal

A Picture Postcard From Tariri Lodge, the Amazon

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 5:24 PM

"Sorry, no electricity," Germano, the lodge owner said, " the line is down." We had just arrived at Tariri Lodge after a flight to Manaus (where we took a tour of the famed opera house), a two-hour car drive and a forty minute boat ride. You can only get to...

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A Picture Postcard From Iguazo Falls, Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Brazil -- where we are back to bottled water and no ice, but lots and lots of water falls. I've seen Niagara and Victoria Falls but nothing prepared me for Iguazo. Between 8,800 and 9,500 feet wide, depending on rainfall, it stretches between Brazil and Argentina. Below is a really...

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A Picture Postcard From Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 8:20 PM

We took the metro to the center of town, intending to walk to the Selarón's Staircase, some 250 steps of the Convent of Santa Teresa covered in tiles and mirrors. (To some, the steps were made even more famous by Snoop Dogg's song "Beautiful" which was filmed there.)

We were...

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A Picture Postcard From Kruger National Park, South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 12:43 PM

5:00 am, Ngala Lodge, Kruger National Park:
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Sam, Willa and I take off in a jeep watching the sun rise with our guide Erich and scout Tom:
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I was nervous...

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A Picture Postcard From Table Mountain National Park, South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 11:51 AM

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A Second Picture Postcard from Kruger National Park, South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:34 PM

The lions were right next to us. Tom, our scout, sat on an elevated chair out on the front of the jeep, that is, until he spotted cats. Then he would jump inside next to Erich, the ranger. "The lions aren't threatened by the jeep," Erich said, "but if they...

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A Fifth Picture Postcard From Kruger National Park, South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:33 PM

After cocktails in the park, we drove back in the dark.
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I took one flash photo of Tom up in front, shining his flashlight from side to side. Where the flashlight was not shining it was pitch black. Tom quietly indicated we...

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A Fourth Picture Postcard From Kruger National Park, South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:26 PM

A LEAP OF LEOPARDS!
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A DAZZLE OF ZEBRAS

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A THUNDER OF HIPPOPOTIMI

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A Third Picture Postcard From Kruger National Park, South Africa

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:13 PM

The black prehensile tongue of a giraffe is about 20 inches long.
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When giraffes drink, they have to bend their knees or spread their legs awkwardly and then raise their necks quickly, throwing their heads back to regulate their blood pressure.
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A Picture Postcard From Dharavi Slum, Mumbai

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:11 PM

"DON'T PICK UP THAT BOTTLE. DON'T EVEN TOUCH IT," said our guide, Abhay. He was taking us through the Dharavi slum of Mumbai, and Sam had dropped his water bottle.

Touring poverty has its obvious ethical questions. We felt a little less self-conscious about it because our hotel had...

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A Picture Postcard From Mumbai, India

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:16 PM

India. It's not for every traveler. To quote a friend: Side by side, it has Eastern spirituality and material civilization, brilliant intellectuals and crooked politicians, breathtaking vistas and destroyed natural environments.

The noise in the big cities is deafening. It's as if you were set down in a field...

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A Picture Postcard From Meenakshi Amman Temple, India

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 12:02 PM

"We take off our shoes because feet have many, many nerve endings," said our guide in Madurai. "Stress and sadness leave your body through the soles of your feet."

We were standing in the Meenakshi Amman Temple. It was dark outside. Inside, it was cool and smelled of incense. We...

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A Picture Postcard From Kerala, India

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:50 AM

For Sam and me, Kerala is the jewel in India's crown: quiet, relatively clean, filled with color and contrast. It is thought that apostle Thomas arrived in Kerala and founded seven churches around 53 AD. Because of that and the Portuguese spice trading, the state is about 19% Christian. Jews...

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A Picture Postcard From Mumbai

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:36 AM

Delicious and colorful as some of these street foods look . . .
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We have no problem paying attention to this:

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A Picture Postcard From Bagan, Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:13 PM

In complete silence, we watched the sun set over a few dozen of the 2,200 temples built in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries by the kings of Bagan -- before the Mongols and earthquakes destroyed many of them. Later we went to dinner in one of the dirt-floor restaurants...

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Another Picture Postcard From Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 5:23 PM

Treasured items become deadly projectiles if not secured by great inventions like Quakehold or clear museum wax/putty during earthquakes. I learned this lesson well through many years in the Bay area of California. A number of my mother's treasured Hummel figurines are now headless or handless.

The people of Myanmar...

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A Picture Postcard From Inle Lake, Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 10:05 AM

If it weren't for the noise pollution of the single cylinder inboard diesel engines, you would swear you had stepped back a thousand years. Standing fisherman propel their dug outs with one foot, floating gardens made of harvested lake-bottom weeds bob with the waves, children cross wooden bridges on their...

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A Picture Postcard From Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 2:35 PM

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Advertisements for skin lightening products abound.

But it's the pulverized bark from a mature Thanaka tree that is the preferred product and cuttings are sold everywhere.

Thought to be a good cure for acne as well as an effective sunscreen, women and...

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A Picture Postcard From Yangon, Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 4:15 PM

"Why is the Buddha so effeminate?" I asked our guide.

"It's all in the eyes of the artist. The artist wants to make the Buddha the most beautiful thing he or she has ever seen. What would be the most beautiful face, the most beautiful nose, the most beautiful mouth...

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The Ying and Yang of Bali

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 1:29 PM

"Will you be coming back mate?" The Australian immigration officer at the airport asked us as we were leaving Bali for Melbourne. "I've been in Ubud 18 years and it's not the exotic place it used to be. Going home to Tassie (what the Australians call Tasmania) in a couple...

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