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Opening Eyes to the Cultural History of Africa

by Meredith Mullins on July 20, 2015

Portrait photography of Ikhlas Khan by Omar Victor Diop showing a cultural history of Africa. (Image © Omar Victor Diop. Courtesy of Galerie MAGNIN-A.)

Ikhlas Khan, from the Diaspora series, 2015
© Omar Victor Diop. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Omar Victor Diop’s Transformative Portrait Photography

The room is alive with cultural history. The photographs exhibited in the Grande Halle of the Rencontres d’Arles are rich in texture and color. The historic African figures are presented formally, elegantly, powerfully. Their pride shines through.

As the photographer Omar Victor Diop explains, “They seem to say, ‘Look at me. I was here. I did this.’”

At Lunch in the World—How to Stay Out of the Soup

by Sally Baho on June 29, 2015

The continents depicted in cream in a bowl of tomato soup, illustrating that people at lunch around the world have different cultural do's and taboos. (Image © eyegelb / iStock)

Places to eat, and people to meet. Do you know what’s taboo?
© eyegelb / iStock

10 Cultural Do’s & Taboos at the Table

When you travel the world, there’s much more to dining than tasting the food.  In fact, it’s the cultural dimension of the dining table (or mat) that often makes or breaks the meal. Here are 10 cultural do’s and taboos to keep you out of the soup when you’re at lunch in the world.

#1 Chile: Respect the Mealtime

In many places in Latin America, the working lunch just doesn’t work.  On a business trip to Santiago, Chile, a colleague suggested that we save time by continuing our meeting over lunch.

Web-Footed Wanderlust

by Meredith Mullins on June 22, 2015

Single African blackfooted penguin showing his wanderlust iin a penguin parade. (Image © iStock.)

Getting out and about
© iStock

Five Travel Tips from a Penguin Parade

You can learn a lot of things from a jackass.

It’s not often that I get to start a story with a tribute to a jackass.

In this case, I’m talking about the jackass penguin, or African blackfooted penguin. (The unfortunate nickname of “jackass” comes from the honking sound they make, reminiscent of a donkey braying.)

I first learned of these penguins when I saw their penchant for curiosity and wanderlust in a whimsical YouTube video.

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