Truly, Family for a Time

I’ve been living and working at Pelan Village for nearly four months now. I’ve had the immense privilege of growing close to a community of amazing people. This post is a tribute to my new “nakama” comrades. If you so desire, click on each image to enlarge and read a descriptive caption.

Hiking Heart Rock

The other day, a couple new friends took me hiking up Heart Rock. To hike Heart Rock, you must be accompanied by a tour guide with an entry pass. This is to protect the endemic flora and fauna that call this island home. The trail leads to the Chihiroiwa mountain and is named after the heart shape…

Pelan Village

Originally posted on architectureoftravel:
Peace, Love and Nature at Pelan Village. On the Ogasawara Islands, there is no camping allowed so as to avoid any harm to the environment. Ryo Shimizu, a keen surfer and farmer saw an opportunity to provide island visitors with a type of accommodation which offered a similar experience to camping.…

Letters IV

Illustrations accompanying words sent back to America.

Moroccan Mercados: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

Vendors drag wooden trolleys around selling flatbreads for a handful of dirham (the local currency), roasted fava beans wrapped in triangles of old newspaper, and sandwiches brimming with savory meat of questionable origin. There are bakeries showcasing honey-coated confectionaries surrounded by hordes of flies, buzzing slowly in the summer heat.