Nov 30, 2011

Passports with Purpose – Building Libraries in Zambia

Passports with Purpose, the travel blogger’s annual fundraiser, is now underway. Now in its fourth year PwP has partnered with Room to Read in 2011 and the goal is to be to raise $80,000 to build two libraries in southern and eastern Zambia through Room to Read’s Reading Room program.
Funds raised will cover the costs of construction, library resources such as books and educational materials, teacher training and three years of support. After that, the library is handed over to the government school system.
Here is how you can participate: Each blogger has secured a prize for a raffle. I’m donating a $100 gift certificate to B&H Photo, which I will send anywhere in the U.S. Check out Passports with Purpose to participate, for more details and a full list of prizes. 
 Last year PwP raised nearly $65,000 through Friends of LAFTI. The funds are helping build 25 homes in a small village, Karunganni, in South India.
Travel bloggers Debbie Dubrow, Pam Mandel, Beth Whitman and Michelle Duffy founded Passports With Purpose in 2008 as a way to build community among travel bloggers and to give back to the places we, as travelers, visit.

Nov 19, 2011

Published Photographs: Dubai Edition

Each destination has its icons new and old. In Dubai both new and old include a fair amount of bling like the Burj Al Arab Hotel and gold souk pictured below.

Also pictured are the Bastakia Quarter, Spice Souk and Souk Madinat. These photographs have appeared in newspapers, books and advertising.

What are some of you favorite travel icons old and new?