Fathomaway Compass

I travel for the Culture

New Orleans Is Music to My Ears

Eclectic jazz pianist Eddie Bo has a great quote that goes, "If you smoke a cigarette, they’ll have a parade for it. Then if you die from the cigarette, they’ll be a parade for that too."

Carnevale the Mamoiada Way

MAMOIADA, Italy – Sardinia’s mountain air and wine coursing through me, I grabbed a stranger’s hand and took to the dance floor.

How to Ask Buddha for Your Fortune

TAIWAN – They’re asking the divine spirits for advice, and there is a particular set of rules one must follow to do so. You don’t necessarily have to be Buddhist to do this. I like to view it as a free public advice forum.

Delhi by Design: A Neighborhood Tour

DELHI – Forget the tourist sights. One should explore the station area to see the real Delhi. It's fabulous. Animated. People engaged in daily tasks, oblivious to the crowds and cars.

A Night Stroll in Yangon

YANGON, Burma – He was wearing the traditional longyi and an open oxford shirt revealing a chest of dark hair. It was a swarthy beauty you'd expect to see on a runway in Milan. A reader story.

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