The Middle East is known for its ancient history, vast deserts, and religious roots.
From being caught in the pyramid-dle of history in Cairo,
to taking in the Israeli great views of Jerusalem,
to resting on the Abu’ndant sands of Abu Dhabi,
to observing the centuries-old stories of Amman,
to experiencing the Turkish Delight-ful city of Istanbul,
the Middle East is home to some of the planet’s most unique cities.
Traveler Tim went to one of those unique cities, Istanbul, and brought back something amazing!
“Turkey is actually the home to the tulip. They grew wild in Central Asia and spread into Turkey in the late 16th century. It was the Dutch who found them and started what became known as Tulipmania. It was the widest 'run' on flowers ever known, with bulbs being sold for astronomical prices and it burst in 1637, leaving many ruined. The original tulips were much smaller and had feathered or pointed petals, rather than the rounded ones we see today. This fabric was as close as I could find to represent the tulip from 400 years ago.”
- Traveler Tim Gibson
Here’s to experiencing the unique things of life & to feeling good—because after all, it’s Friday!
-the Taaluma Team
Bolivia is a beautiful and diverse country in South America.
It’s known for its awesome Andes mountains and for having lots of llamas (¿Como te llama?).
Over the years, we’ve been able to help six awesome businesses in Bolivia.
From Señora Natalia and "Las 11 Estrellas" (The Eleven Stars), who own a company selling blankets in El Alto. They used their microloan to buy wool so that they could make more blankets and grow their business.
“We made a guided bike tour through Indonesia from Bali to Komodo – beginning in Bali eastbound to the vast unknown islands Sumbawa, Moyo, Satonda, Komodo, Rinca and Flores.
A beautiful old sailing boat brought us to the coast of different islands and our bike tour took us through remote little villages with very friendly and curious people."
Traveler Priscilla visited Uganda and found something Uganda love.
“The fabric was found in Gulu, Uganda where over 30 years of civil war ensued at the hands of Joseph Kony and the LRA rebels.
The town is incredibly vibrant despite the devastating effects of war that can still be seen.
There are many amazing groups in the area doing incredible work to bring about hope and healing to these people in the aftermath of the war, but wars like these are entirely preventable." - Traveler Priscilla Cheng