Category Archives: ~Reflections~

Introducing Rare Beautiful Things New Website

It’s been some years since Damany and I started Rare Beautiful Things, collecting goods as we traveled, inspired by numbers of people walking into our home and asking, “where did you get this ashtray (or pillow, bag, etc…)?”. We began … Continue reading

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Weaving Demonstrations in Chinchero

If you’ve ever wondered what “handmade” means when buying one of those intoxicating and colorful weavings in Peru, Chinchero is a great, informational, stop.  In this small town outside of Cusco, demonstrations of the processes that go into creating these … Continue reading

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Help Peruvians in Need with

While in Peru I learned that education in many parts of the country is at best limited, if even existent; and that many families pay for their children to go to private schools with little money for every-day expenses.  While … Continue reading

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Handling Haggling in the Bazaar

If you’re going to Istanbul to shop, you’ll no doubt be doing a good amount of that shopping in the Grand Bazaar, where finding and haggling for items can be not only frustrating, but mentally and physically exhausting.  The good … Continue reading

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Quote | Henry Miller

” One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” ~Henry Miller

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Quote | Wayne Dyer

“When you live on a round planet, there’s no choosing sides.” ~ Wayne Dyer

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Reflections | My Seven Links

It seems like it should be so simple, choosing seven links to fall into these categories, but its really not.  I keep seeing other bloggers spectacular posts and feeling like I can’t compare.  Which, of course, is only motivation to … Continue reading

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Expanded Tips for Buying Rugs Abroad

When Grant Martin of Gadling asked me if I would be interested in doing a short video interview about tips for rug buying abroad, I jumped on it.  How cool, I thought, and started writing up some points I could … Continue reading

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My Entry for the World’s Best Travel Secrets contest via iExplore

Good Eats & Cheap to Sleep Unique flavors will captivate my interest anywhere in the world, but often it’s those small, off the beaten path towns that I gravitate towards most. Rabinal is a small mountain town in Guatemala that … Continue reading

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RTW Planning | Where to Go

Here’s a quick list of the places I’d like to hit up during my 6 months away: 1. I would love to spend a month in Sicily with my family.  Ideally I would travel a bit through Italy first.  The … Continue reading

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