Angela Ballard

I am not one for abbreviations. I struggle with things like “SoCal” and “Starbies,” and I’ve never been able to work YOLO or bae into a conversation without cringing. It’s just not me. I’m an old fashioned, spell-it-all-out kind of person.

On my first visit to Australia five years ago…

In our house, the holidays don’t begin until we’ve had the first of many viewings of our favorite Christmas movie, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

One of my favorite scenes happens to feature one of my favorite Christmas songs, the classic “Mele Kalikimaka” by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, played…

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Timbuktu. Bora-Bora. Darjeeling. Kathmandu. Zanzibar.

I’ve been intrigued by these places my whole life, even though I didn’t know anything about them beyond their melodious and exotic-sounding names.

Home to humans for more than 20,000 years, Zanzibar was ruled by the British and Portuguese from 1498 until 1964…

Angela Ballard

Food and folklore from my travels to over 100 countries.

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