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Next up; Japan!

Next up; Japan!

Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. Most importantly, it is my favorite city by a landslide.  In all honesty, I'm still not quite sure why I left. Living there made me feel most vibrant and I miss it almost everyday.  Moving to NYC afterwards seemed rural in comparison. And of course, now living in Telluride, I can't help but feverishly crave the hustle and bustle that 14 million people provide.  

Tokyo offers everything; one-of-a-kind artisans, ridiculous sushi, intriguing sumo traditions, divine hot springs, epic skiing, beautiful Harajuku girls, endless shopping, crazy robot shows,...


Help Us Build Houses in Guatemala!

Help Us Build Houses in Guatemala!

In the poorest areas of highland Guatemala, improper building materials, a lack of appropriate resources, and unsustainable architecture turn houses to rubble in the blink of an eye. Many indigenous families live in makeshift homes that are constructed of nothing more than cornstalk or cardboard walls with dirt floors. Living in these conditions strips families of dignity and hope, while fueling chronic health problems. 

We are excited to announce that Tala will be partnering with, From House to Homes, a nonprofit that works with some of the poorest indigenous Guatemalans to create sustainable homes that are culturally appropriate, and affordable...


Shanghai, CHINA!!!

Shanghai, CHINA!!!

 Although this is now one of many trips to China, I still find myself in utter awe of a country that is undeniably rich in history while also such a pivotal player in today’s current storyline.

 I am starting my Asia journey in Shanghai, a little city, which consists of about 24.15 million people. 24.15 million people! Crazy! I mean NYC can only boast of 8.5 million people!

 Believe it or not, until 1842, Shanghai's location made it merely a small fishing village. After the first Opium War, however, the British named Shanghai a treaty port, debuting the city to...


King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

The world's longest serving head of state who ruled Thailand for over seven decades has passed at the age of 88.  My family, Thailand, and I, all bid a tearful farewell to one of the greatest symbols of unity, strength and kindness that has graced this world. 

His majesty is revered as a ruler that took time to visit every province in Thailand so that he may listen to the needs of young and old, rich and poor.  His name, Bhumibol Adulyadej, literally translates to Strength of the Land, Incomparable Power, which serves prophetic as his reign provided nothing short of...


Happy Indigenous People's Day!

Happy Indigenous People's Day!

Today we celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. It is a day set aside to celebrate and focus on the cultures of various indigenous tribes in the American continents. These ancient societies have such beautiful and varied traditions, faiths, and ways of life that have been eroded and erased as homogenous modern culture takes over the world. Why is it so important to remember and honor the indigenous peoples of the world?

 

These are the cultures that built the foundation of the world we live in today; a vast rainbow of tradition, religion, and art that informs the evolution of humanity....