Author Archive: Elz Cuya

Elz Cuya

Elz Cuya

Journalist. A San Francisco native, Elz has been writing all her life. More about Elz.
Dr Jane Goodall and Uruhara
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Tarzan’s Real Jane

Dr. Jane Goodall’s curiosity and love for animals blossomed at a very young age. At four, she was already making behavioral science observations with hens “to see where the egg came out.” 1 Then, at eleven, she fell in love with Tarzan. “But Tarzan’s Jane was a real wimp. I thought I would be a

Voyager I flies past Jupiter
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Carl Sagan

Explorer of the Cosmos, Journeyman of the Mind (1934-1996) Should an alien spaceship stumble across it, they would discover a golden record, “a message to the universe,” inspired and partially designed by Dr. Carl Sagan. It contains 115 images, including maps and anatomical charts, greetings in 55 different languages, the natural sounds of the earth,

Robert Scotts hut Cape Evans Antarctic
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Robert Scott: The Amateur

With our friend, Vilmar Tavares, updating us on his adventures from Way Down Under, and our cover story on Professor Graham Collier, chronicling his Antarctic excursions, it is only fitting that our Explorer of the Month is the man who inspired the world with his pioneering Antarctic explorations — Robert Falcon Scott. An officer of

Thailand and Laos by Bike
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Thailand and Laos by Bike

By Stacy Fowler with Elz Cuya Our nine to five jobs certainly take a toll on us. That’s why you want to be certain you get the most out of your vacation. One World Bicycle Expeditions in Thailand promises exactly that, through eco-tourism. Eco-tourism offers participants an opportunity to become immersed in a different culture

Julia Hill and Luna the redwood tree
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The Legacy of Julia Hill

“Yes, One Person Can Make a Difference. But it’s Going to Take All of Us.” In December of 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill climbed 180 feet (18 stories) up a thousand-year-old redwood tree to protest the clear-cutting of this endangered ecosystem. What was supposed to be a two-week tree-sit turned in to a harrowing two years,

Tattoo artist Aleks Figueroa crop
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The Traveling Tattoo Artist

Tattoo artist Aleks Figueroa spends many hours of the day permanently staining people’s skin with art, but he admits he doesn’t always know what he’s doing. Now, he’s on a mission to find out. “I want to understand the history of tattooing,” Aleks says. “I’m a part of something, and I want to know what

Robert Pinsky Poet Laureate
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American Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky Asks

“What’s Your Favorite Poem?” Over the past three years, third time American Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky traveled across the nation asking governors, teachers, children, retirees, the homeless and Hollywood stars alike, what is their favorite poem and why. He got an enormous response. Americans everywhere gathered for poetry events to read aloud their favorite poem.

A poetic journey
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A Poetic Journey

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I sought a story on traveling poets — it wasn’t difficult. It seems that the theme of journeying is a universal one. Here, Joi Barrios, author of Sweetened Fruit and Other Love Poems, talks about the poetry that speaks through journeying. While Abena Songbird, author of Bitterroot; A Way

Joshua Tree, California. Rocks and sky illuminated purple and pink by the sunset.
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A Traveler Honors Her Soul

Cheryl Friedman can’t hold the same job for more than three years. This isn’t because she’s irresponsible, or untalented, it’s because she can’t let three years go by without taking a long trip.

Goran Kropp cycling to Mt Everest
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Meet Göran Kropp

Imagine riding your bike 7,000 miles to Nepal, carrying a year’s supply of gear and food. Next, think about carrying 143 pounds, unassisted, up to Everest Base Camp. Now picture yourself climbing the world’s tallest mountain alone, completely self-contained, without the help of Sherpas and without bottled oxygen. Sound impossible?

Tango dancers perform a milonga
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Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango: An Emotion that turns into Dance.

Adelie penguin Antarctica
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Encountering Your Soul in Antarctica

“Where would you go to find the answers to life’s deepest questions? Is there a God? Why am I here? Is there life after death?” For seventy-six year old Professor Graham Collier, the answers were found in Antarctica.

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