Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a festive celebration known as the biggest "carnival" in the world. The streets become filled with people during the block parties and the parade is looked forward to all year by many people. This can be seen as the Brazilian Fat Tuesday. However, the complexities and depth go far beyond what you would see in New Orleans Mardi Gras. This event is filled with anomalies! Come join the journey to discover all it entails. ... Read More

St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day, Oh St. Patrick’s Day. What is it really about? A Saint? A patriotic holiday for the Irish? Or is it just another drinking holiday for Americans? Well really, it’s all three. Depending on which part of the timeline you look at it from.... Read More

The Day of the Dead, Mexico

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THE DAY OF THE DEAD- A celebration that all I really knew about was that it was primarily a Mexican celebration, that it’s what they celebrate in place of Halloween, and that of course, it involved dead people. I remembered learning some what about it in school in those younger years. Thinking something like “they choose to go sit in a cemetery instead of trick or treating? Well, that’s just weird…” Please forgive my 12 year old ignorance. But now as an adult, I found myself intrigued. Why did they decide to go sit in cemeteries during those days?... Read More

A Chinese New Year…

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Chinese New Years, a celebration in which Chinese traditions, tales and legends come to life- even if you find yourself celebrating it in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Thank God for L.A.’s cultural diversity, right? That night I went to the Chuan Thien Hau (Cam Au) Temple, where the Chinese Community...... Read More

San Francisco Pride Parade

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Gay Pride Parade, oh what one may imagine when they first hear those words? Chiseled abs of men in frocks, you know the kind of guy every girl wants as their best friend to watch romantic comedies with while eating chocolate, although perhaps he will skip on the calories? Yes, that was a bit of what first came to my mind, although deep down I also knew, there was way more to it than that! ... Read More

A Pilgrimage for the Virgin Guadalupe

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The last time I was in Mexico, I had a friend of mine randomly call and say “hey there’s this crazy pilgrimage going on tonight, wanna come? I have my camera.” Before I knew it I found myself surrounded by approximately 7 million people who had embarked upon this religious pilgrimage. Some had walked for 5 days; some had further challenged themselves by doing the trek on their knees. All of this had been done to show the Virgin of Guadalupe their fervor, on the night of her birthday, in the basilica that has been dedicated to her in Mexico City...... Read More

My Burning Man…

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He whispered into my ear as he hugged me closely “do you want to hear something cool?” “Sure,” I said. “We’ve been hugging for about 4 seconds, now by the tenth second in your brain is going to release a hormone called oxytocin which produces a sense of euphoria, connection and trust. It’s the same hormone women release during childbirth that allows for that mother child connection, and that couple’s who are in love release when they are together. When released it helps diminish feelings of stress or depression, and after about the twentieth second of us hugging which is right around now, you will be able to experience the effects of oxytocin for the next hour. Pharmaceuticals make a killing prescribing anti depressants and other drugs to help people with their levels of stress, when all people need is a real hug for about twenty seconds. Kinda cool huh?”... Read More