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Among the nomads of Lycia

Among the nomads of Lycia
Chunks of rough rock far outnumbered actual soil on these dry scrub-covered hills overlooking the Mediterranean on the steep narrow join of the Taurus Mountains to the sea. This section of the Lycian Way between  Patara and Demre wound high above the sea, intersecting remote tumble-down ruins of ancient Lycian sarcophagi and Byzantine churches wrapped in the elegant red of Strawberry trees, a…

The Unexpected Minefields of Cross-cultural Sensitivity

The Unexpected Minefields of Cross-cultural Sensitivity
I like to fancy myself a person who has pretty well developed cross-cultural 'antennae'.  I read ahead about the cultural norms, I advise my travel companions about the local sensitivities and customs of the countries and regions that we're about to travel to, I listen and watch carefully to avoid offense or that American 'boorishness' that we seem to be…
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