Bananas! I’m wandering through the weekly market at the Place Guillaume II in Luxembourg City, and my eyes fixate on piles of bananas.  I suppose there are bananas in almost every market around the world these days (thank you, global food supply.) But these bananas frustrate me. What I want to find in the market is an

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“Hi, I’m visiting because my ancestors lived in Horsham, quite a long time ago.”  “Oh, when was that, First World War?” “More like the 1600’s…” “Oh!” It’s my first genealogy travel trip, and I’m in Horsham, West Sussex, England. I’m tracing my 11th great-grandmother Ferris Quynell, who lived in Horsham from 1587-1627.  I’m definitely questioning

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  I spent our first two days back in the UK alternating between unpacking, bingeing on dark chocolate, and bursting into tears.  (Shhhh…I may even have had a glass of single malt Islay whisky around 1pm that second day.) I took a couple LONG walks in nature, let myself feel all the feels, cried some

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Oh to be a French winemakers son. It’s the definition of “blessing or curse.” Recently I watched Somm: Into the Bottle, a documentary about the wine industry: from rebellious producers to cellar mould to barrel making, wine pairing, points ratings and more. (If you enjoy wine at all, I recommend watching it … but that’s

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Walking through the crowded streets of Hong Kong, you can’t help but notice the herbal medicine shops when you pass by.  Why?  Because they smell.  A really strong, herbal smell wafting into the streets mixed with intense heat, cooking pork, a slightly damp lush green smell from the humidity and of course millions of very

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What was life like before pharmacies and grocery stores in every town?  So many simple things we take for granted – like handsoap.  Or bandaids.  Or ibuprofen.  Or even shampoo! For most of human history, you just couldn’t go buy this stuff.  It didn’t exist.  There was nowhere to buy it.  And once there were

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  The Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival takes place each October, you can learn more about it here.

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Oh Hong Kong, why do I love thee?  Since my first visit to Hong Kong as a tourist 5 years ago, I was struck by the contrasts in this city.  Or like a recent friend visiting said: “It’s like visiting 4 places at once!”  One minute, you feel like you could be in midtown Manhattan, and

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I smiled at the woman sweeping the sidewalk.  What WAS that yellow stuff on her face?  Trying not to stare, and unable to communicate, but also ridiculously curious, I pointed at my cheeks and gave a questioning shrug. She pointed at her yellow-swirled cheeks and then pointed at the sun.  Aha!  Sun protection?  From beautiful

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