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Food for Thought with Cultural Xplorer

Chicken butts to Dakgalbi! Food for Thought with Cultural Xplorer #travel #foodie #nomnom @culturalxplorer #ttot

Chanel Cooking Korean Food (You can clip off bottom if you use this one)

Food is one of the ties that bind. Through a country or region’s foods, we make meaningful connections that we might never otherwise. Sharing a meal is a sure way to break down barriers quickly. Better yet, learning how to make a traditional dish, and working with local ingredients teaches us something important about the culture and history of a place. Through our Food for Thought series, we…

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Smile! Dental Work in Colombia

Smile! Dental Work in #Colombia #dentist #medicaltourism #travel

Celebrating in Santa Marta

Celebrating in Santa Marta with Dr. Barrios

Why Dental Work in Colombia?

Admittedly, we have been known to neglect preventive care due to the high cost of health care in the US. Though we’re both covered by health insurance now, there have been long stretches when one or both of us were uninsured. Even with our current coverage, dental care is not included. When I was traveling to Venezuela on a…

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Cincinnati Street Art

We had a day to walk around Cincinnati, and we weren’t sure what to expect. We knew we wanted to see the riverfront along the Ohio River as well as Findlay Market. Those are highlights everyone mentions when they visit Queen City. As usual, we set off without much of a plan, but we were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon so many murals along our walk. After seeing the name Artworks on several pieces it became apparent that this city too had a program for these projects. We really enjoyed Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program when we were there. Artworks is a non-profit that has been around since 1996.  They employ and train local youth and talent, while in the process producing some amazing public art.  Of course there were many artists outside the program that had painted some amazing pieces as well.

History through Murals

Some murals were based on fictional characters, some on the history of Cincinnati.  We learned an interest tidbit from “Martha, The Last Passenger Pigeon.”  The Cincinnati Zoo was the home of the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha who died in 1914. The species is now sadly extinct.  These birds may have once been the most abundant bird on the planet, with an estimated population between 3 and 5 billion! Unfortunately, they inhabited an area that us humans wanted for ourselves.  These birds’ habitat was highly valuable to settlers of North America for crop cultivation.  Humans cleared the forests, which took away the birds’ main food source. The birds then moved onto the next easiest source, the crops being raised.  This sealed their fate because from then on they were viewed as pests and a threat to crop yields and were systematically exterminated.

Which mural speaks to you?

One of my favorites was the North Wall of the Know Theatre … in particular all the messages within the images: the cigarette pack that read “Coffin Nails” as the brand and the planter box that reads “Take a chance on happy and deal with sad later.”  Tamara enjoyed “Ice Cream Daydream” for its whimsical, very colorful depiction of desserts and fun characters with the blue fish being a standout. Click the images below for a larger view, and let us know your favorite in the comments!

Street Art: Cincinnati #streetart @strtartnews @globalstreetart @cincinnatimag #cityofcincy Cincinnati Street Art We had a day to walk around Cincinnati, and we weren’t sure what to expect.
Food for Thought with Gastronomic Nomad

Latest Edition- Food for Thought with Gastronomic Nomad @gastronomicnomd #foodie #travel #culture #nomnom

For most travelers, it doesn’t take long to realize that food is a great ice-breaker. Sharing a meal can break down boundaries, and open lines of communication even where language is a challenge. Working with and eating local ingredients is window to learning more about a place’s culture and history. Through our Food for Thoughtseries, we hope to learn more about other travelers’ journeys and the…

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Get Dirty Taking a Bath: El Totumo Mud Volcano

*NEW POST* How to Get Dirty Taking a Bath: El Totumo Mud Volcano #travel #colombia @colombiatravels @brandcolombia

Totumo

The cone at El Totumo

Cartagena was still filled with unexplored corners. We’d already spent longer than planned, but the streets lined with bright-hued houses, flower-clad balconies, small cafes and shops had hypnotized us. We roamed for hours, people watching, hunting for street art, taking in museums and historic sites and snacking, always snacking. Fresh fruit, fish for lunch by the beach, a…

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Food for Thought with EatingAsia

This week’s Food for Thought with @EatingAsia #food #culture #travel #foodie #nomnom

Zilbir from Black Sea reagion of Turkey.  By David Hagerman

Zilbir: foraged borage sold at a village market in Turkey. Photo credit: David Hagerman

Wherever we go, our journey somehow involves food. It’s more than sustenance, a way to keep our bodies moving, it’s part of the joy we get through travel.  As time goes on, we think more and more about what we’re eating and why. Not everything we consume is healthy, not by any means, but there is great…

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Food for Thought with The Wandering Gourmand

**NEW INTERVIEW** Food for Thought with The Wandering Gourmand @TheWndrngGrmnd #food #foodie #nomnom #travel

Food connects us to our past, to those places we consider “home,” and to new destinations we discover through travel. Food can break down barriers we sometimes encounter while traveling, including language! Sharing a meal is a wonderful way to make new friends. Through our Food for Thoughtseries, we continue to learn about other travelers’ journeys and the role food plays. This week’s interview…

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Food for Thought with Spanish Sabores

Polish sausage to anchovy on a chip: Food for Thought with @spanishsabores. #foodie #nomnom #travel

No matter where you’re from, food and traditions revolving around it are an important part of identity. When we travel, experiencing local cuisine through sharing meals, dining out, or cooking with local ingredients helps us gain insight into local culture. Food is a great way to break down barriers, even when language is a challenge, and helps to quickly make new friends.  Each Friday a new…

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Travel Photo Roulette #83: Summer!

Travel Photo Roulette #83: Summer! #photoroulette #photography #summer #travel @two4theroad

Galeston Pier

This summer’s start has been a hectic one! We’re currently on a six-month work contract that has us on a US Roadtrip, working at festivals and events across the country. Late spring saw us in the northeast, culminating with a Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia. Next, we learned we were nominated among a great group of bloggers for the USA Today/10-Best Couples Travel Bloggers (shameless…

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Food for Thought with Slightly Astray

*NEW INTERVIEW* #Food for Thought with @slightlyastray #foodie #nomnom #foodstories #travel

Most travelers, whether we agree with the label or not, are foodies. We are explorers and experimenters, open to new experiences.  Eating (and cooking) local cuisine, we gain insight into the places we visit. Whether it’s a national dish or a new-found local favorite, getting food tips from local residents is a great way to make new friends and get some good grub. Through our Food for Thought ser…

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