Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday, New Orleans

 Mardi Gras Indians on Super Sunday:

New Orleans’ Next Generation

 

Like most people outside of New Orleans, we knew nothing about the cultural heritage of NOLA’s Mardi Gras Indians until we watched the HBO show Treme.

 

Created  by David Simon and Eric Overmyer (The Wire), the show follows residents from the historic Tremé (pronounced Tre-may) neighborhood– a hodgepodge of musicians, chefs, community activists and Mardi Gras Indians– struggling to put their lives, homes and culture back together in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

 

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Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour, New Orleans

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 Announcing Our Next Big Adventure!

 

We don’t really do cities.

 

Sure, we’ll head to a country like Chile, Costa Rica, or Jordan, and spend a night in the big city (Santiago, San Jose and Amman, respectively) to get a feel for the place before heading off into the wild. But, in the 30+ trips we’ve taken since we started Green Global Travel in 2010, we’ve rarely spent more than 48 hours in any sort of urban metropolis.

 

That is, until now…

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GMO OMG

What The HELL Are They Putting In Our Food?!

 

In the opening lines of the new documentary film GMO OMG, first-time director Jeremy Seifert gets right to the heart of the controversy surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms: “Having children makes you see everything differently,” the concerned father of two says in voiceover, explaining why he felt he needed to make the film. “It bothered me that we were eating GMOs, and we didn’t know what they were.”

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25 inspirational travel quotes

The 25 Most Inspirational Travel Quotes

 

I was a voracious reader when I was growing up, typically reading two books a week on average.

 

My lower-middle class family didn’t have the money to do much in the way of traveling, outside of the occasional camping trip in north Georgia. My dad worked multiple jobs just to support his family of five. So I read books about adventure long before I had the financial means to start taking adventures of my own.

 

It was the written word that originally fueled my travel dreams, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Books to Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. It was through Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, John Muir’s Our National Parksand Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature that I first developed a passion for the environment. And when I finally started traveling, the work of writers such as Jon Krakauer, Bill Bryson and  Paul Theroux influenced the way I did it.

 

So, for me, these inspirational travel quotes aren’t just words: They are the distillation of a philosophy that continues to drive my life and work, informing pretty much everything I do. I hope they will prove equally influential for you…   –Bret Love; photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

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Tinariwen, Mali Tuareg Blues Legends

Tinariwen, Mali’s Tuareg Blues Legends

 

The African blues legends of Tinariwen have an incredible back-story that speaks to the importance of patience and persistence on the path to success, particularly in times of crisis. Formed in 1979 by musicians born in the Sahara Desert of northern Mali, the ensemble came together in Algerian refugee camps, where they lived to escape persecution after the Tuareg rebellion of 1962-64.

 

Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who witnessed the execution of his father (a Tuareg rebel) at age four and later made his first guitar from a tin can, a stick, and bicycle brake wire, founded the band. Radical protest songs from Morocco, Algerian rai, and classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix influenced their music, but they started out playing weddings and baptisms. Locals called them Kel Tinariwen, which loosely translates from the Tamasheq language as “the People of the Desert.”

 

In 1980, Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi enlisted Tuareg men to receive military training, and Ag Alhabib and Co. heeded the call. In 1985 they did the same for Tuareg rebels, and ultimately met up with other musicians who would join the band. Tinariwen began writing songs about the sociopolitical issues facing their people, recording them onto cassettes for free for anyone who wanted one. Their “Desert Blues” sound began to spread by word-of-mouth, giving voice to the problems of the Tuareg people.

 

Then, after returning to Mali for the first time in 26 years, the second Tuareg rebellion of 1990 sent Ag Alhabib and his friends back to fighting for their lives and freedom.

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Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
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South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
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Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
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Australia-Kangaroo Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
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Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
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GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
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HI- Hawaiian Mythology
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
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Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
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Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
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MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
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