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Danny Klein takes us on an adventure in sustainable food and adventurous living

Episode 146: Ethiopia!

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Our last montage from our world tour with Intrepid Travel is to Ethiopia. An incredible country that you all should visit. The food, the culture, the people and of course the coffee are amazing. Please enjoy and share this last film in the food porn travel saga.

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New Years Sense, Attitude and Chance

Mirra and I just finished our last trip of the planned itinerary with Intrepid Travel (videos will be coming out through July).  Over the past year and a half we’ve been lucky enough to visit 14 countries.   Before we left, there were warnings of theft, sickness, anti-Americanism, violence, you know the drill… fear.  I’m very happy to say that none of those things happened to us.  I know they do happen, but they happen everywhere, in Minneapolis and in Cape Town, in Mumbai and in Tuscany.  But people have a shift in mentality when they leave their own country, they think that they need to buy pants that are more breathable, and a special wallet that goes under their belt, and to bring all sorts of pills they would normally never take.  They forget — I often forget — that these travel locations are just another place on earth where a million or a billion people live there lives; where their kids go to school; where they eat the street food that looks clean; where they know not to walk alone down a back alley at night; where their neighbors are looking out for them. 

 

The world is ever more fucked up when you read the news. Almost every time we left for a trip there was a mass shooting back home in the US (one of which resulted in the death of a family friend of Mirra’s).  It’s depressing and horrifying.  But as…

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Equal Exchange Coffee Videos

This summer I had the good fortune of taking a trip with a team of Equal Exchange employees to middle of nowhere Peru.  The middle of nowhere was Bahuaja-Sonene Naitonal Park and the coffee growing towns that surround this protected area.  To get to our starting point, we took two planes followed by a 12 hour drive (some of it at 14,000 feet).  From there, shorter trips of hours of driving and hours of walking up hill topped off this grueling travel.  The trip to Peru wasn’t quite as glamorous as it initially seemed.  But after filming a woman wheel a 50lb bag of coffee 6 miles down a mountain, all complaints were off.  If there is one lesson I was reminded of on this trip, it was the undeniable fact that coffee is hard work.  Watch these videos to come along on the adventure and see what goes into each cup of coffee you drink.

For more information and an interactive map, visit http://www.equalexchange.coop/expedition

 

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Etxebarri

 

Age sixteen was a turning point for me: I had finally started to blossom. Not like the other girls my age — but rather my spiral permed bangs were growing out and I had discovered hyper color tshirts. My plastic, octagon-shaped, white glasses with smurfs emblazoned on each side had been replaced with clear, octagon-shaped glasses that had an off-putting yellowing tint, and stone washed jeans were in style. Given those recent developments, I decided that this period in my life was the perfect time to mingle with other teens at the 16+ “dance clubs” in random suburban strip malls. It was my friend Aimee’s idea, and since she was super hot and naturally tan, I thought we were both going to have an equally good time “clubbing”. Obviously I was wrong. To start off, I was the only person wearing Hammer pants.

Within a few seconds of our arrival a boy with a bowl cut (that’s right…) appeared through the green and pink tinted smoke machine exhaust and asked Aimee to dance. She was flattered (naturally), and wanting to pass on some of her good fortune to others, promised to dance with him only if his friend danced with me. I watched in nervous anticipation as the two boys — both in oversized t-shirts and white baseball caps –…

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Wheels Up

My first time on an 8-seater propeller plane was this past summer during our trip to Martha’s vineyard. It’s one of those planes where, at the airport as part of the boarding process, the attendant asks you how much you weigh in order to assess which part of the flying, mini death trap you will inhabit for the 45 most terrifying minutes of your life. Since I am prone to vomiting at the slightest hint of motion and have a thing about not going on planes where death is a real option, this wasn’t my idea of a good time. Also, due to my weight class (extra small) I was seated in the way back. But we were heading to “the vineyard” to attend a friend’s wedding (where Daniel would be cooking and I, filming), so I thought — even if this tiny plane runs out of gas in the middle of the ocean, bursts into flames and we all plunge to our deaths before being swallowed by a fish or hit by a submarine — hey, at least we tried to get there.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of being transported on one of these things, this is the type of ride where you can actually see your pilot (as he or she is usually sitting directly in front of you, beside you, or on your lap). And I can remember white knuckling the worn leather seat of my chair, fearing for my life and feeling not totally…

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