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What Are You Doing This Halloween?

While Americans are dressing in costumes and going from house to house asking for candy on October 31, Peruvians will be celebrating their country’s criolla (creole) culture. Ever since President Manuel Prado y Ugarteche’s official declaration in 1944, residents of the South American country have marked Día de la Canción Criolla (Day … Continue reading What Are You Doing This Halloween?

Foodways Friday: Swahili Fish with Creamy Coconut Sauce

This fish dish from the Kenyan island of Lamu is usually made for some kind of special occasion such as a wedding, but it is also especially popular during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, those who observe the Islamic holiday fast from sunup to sundown. I the morning before dawn, a small light … Continue reading Foodways Friday: Swahili Fish with Creamy Coconut Sauce

I Love People’s Park—Damaged Badminton Rackets and Sound Bleed Aside

You can’t even hear yourself think, let alone someone else speaking, when you’re standing between two competing karaoke stations. So we just kept moving through the covered walkway in the middle of the park, passing a young man playing a flute and further down an old man bowing away on … Continue reading I Love People’s Park—Damaged Badminton Rackets and Sound Bleed Aside

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