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For the Love of Cookbooks and Roots

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When I was home earlier this summer, I asked my mother for a recipe. She pulled out her worn 3-ring binder. This binder is blue, has yellowed pages falling out of it and has sat in the same place on the bookshelf for as long as I can remember. In it are recipes scratched in her handwriting of her earlier years, additions by her sisters, and almost four decades’ worth of recipe inspiration ripped from magazines.

My natural instinct when I need a recipe is to go to that online thing that starts with G. For my mother, it’s to go to her recipe shelf. If it’s not in the blue book then there has to be a recipe that can be improvised on elsewhere among the culinary titles. In fact, it was only recently that she called to tell me that she was wondering about a specific recipe and went to her computer herself to search around the internet for it (normally she calls me and has me cull the pages and select a few links, her personal search engine so to say).

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Written by Anna Brones

September 26, 2012 at 08:45

Journey to Kathmandu: Beautiful Documentary About Nepal’s Dashain Festival

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There is a big place in my heart for the people of Southeast Asia. Smiles. Generosity. Beauty. Simplicity. So it’s no surprise that I love this trailer for Journey to Kathmandu.

The documentary is about the once-in-a-lifetime journey that goats make from their lives in Tibet to their sacrificial deaths in Kathmandu during the annual Dashain Festival, and this trailer is downright beautiful. I was so inspired by it I interviewed the documentary’s director, Chris Parkhurst. Here’s an excerpt.

What has inspired you to focus on SE Asia?

As ‘Bombhunters’ opened my eyes up to the wonderful world of documentary films, it also inspired me to travel and do work in SE Asia. Cambodia blew me away. SE Asia, as a whole, blows me away. It’s very difficult to explain to people who have never been. Sure, all the cliches apply here. It’s life-changing. Once you’ve been, you’re forever changed. But, you know, it’s absolutely true.

What can I say? It just gets in your blood, in your heart, on the brain. Once I’d done it, I only wanted more. I was addicted. Don’t get me wrong, this is not to say that countries like Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand… they’re not for everybody. They’re uncomfortable. They’re dirty. They’re corrupt. They make you sweat. They can make you sicker than you’ve ever been in your life. You’ll see some of the most decrepit, sorry things you’ll ever see. People without limbs. Kids playing in garbage dumps the size of my neighborhood back home. But I love that. I really can’t get enough.

Because what goes along with all of this are the beautiful things that you don’t get here in the States. Community. Perspective. Compassion. Appreciation for friends, family, your neighbors. Soul and spirituality. People treat one another with a kind of dignity, honesty and love that seems to be lacking here. These are all things that I hope to share with Westerners in hopes of creating some sort of better consciousness, some better ways of living and interacting with one another.

Read the whole interview over at Elephant Journal.

Written by Anna Brones

January 19, 2010 at 06:00

Where Would You Want to Wake Up?

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One question simple question was asked to 50 different people in Brooklyn. The result is this beautiful video.

Fifty People Once Question have a great website as well.

[Via: World Hum]

Written by Anna Brones

October 21, 2009 at 06:00

7,800 Miles Across the Andes: An Interview With the First Two People to Trek the Entire Andes

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I recently got to interview two of my adventurers, Gregg Treinish and Deia Schlosberg. Early last year they returned from a two year trek where they hiked the entire length of the Andes. Impressive. Plus they’re both fabulous people.

Here’s part of the interview, you can check the rest out at Matador Life.

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AB: You decide to take off from your regular lives and trek the Andes. What goes through your head and heart before embarking on such an adventure?

Gregg: To me, the unknown has always been incredibly exciting. Not having any clue what lay around the next corner captures this special place inside my head that is very deeply attached to a visceral feeling of being alive, of doing something worthwhile.

Oftentimes, I find myself saying that had I known what was in store I might not have gone; this is certainly the case with the Andes as the challenges were far greater than either of us anticipated. Before the journey, there was a lot of fear, which my mind somehow translates to excitement.

I think that it would only be fair to say that there was a high level of disillusionment as well. While I obviously thought about what it was going to be like, I somehow let myself believe that it was going to be fun day in and day out, this despite a cognitive recognition that it wasn’t going to be fun in many cases.

I think that in order to follow through with something that you know could very well be your demise requires a certain level of denial.

Check out the rest of the interview here. And you can listen to a podcast with Gregg and Deia reading the first installment of their story in Wend Magazine here.

Written by Anna Brones

April 9, 2009 at 08:00

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I’m Podcasting!

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wend_dsp_logoIt’s been a busy last few days. Thanksgiving was fortunately full of a lot of sitting around and drinking wine, but then there was the inevitable return to an inbox full of emails and a to do list too long to even begin thinking about. But in the hectic days of last week, I forgot to post about launching podcasts over at Wend!

Now you can listen to feature stories from Wend writers as well as interviews with global adventurers, all conducted by yours truly. It’s an exciting project and I’m stoked to do more. Check out our first two that we posted last week. The first is Across the Andes, the first section of a two part story about Gregg Treinish and Deia Schlosberg, who trekked the entire length of the Andes and were just named National Geographic Adventurers of the Year! You can listen to them reading their moving story, which is just as inspiring as when you read it yourself!

The second podcast is a personal favorite: an interview with French writer and traveler Alexandre Poussin. Poussin and his wife trekked from the Cape of Good Hope to the Sea of Galilee in an incredibly epic journey, which has been recently documented in the book Africa Trek and currently running as a PBS series. It was an honor to chat with him (and fun as well). You can check out the podcasts — and others coming soon — at Wend’s Digital Story Project.

Written by Anna Brones

December 1, 2008 at 23:13

Interview with David Miller

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Had the opportunity to ask Matador Editor David Miller some questions via email last week. The whole interview is now up over at Written Road. I love finding out what other people in the travel community think about their work and creative process… it’s always interesting. Be sure to give it a read!

Written by Anna Brones

August 26, 2008 at 10:44