Little did my parents know that a short trip to Europe in high school would launch a lifetime love of travel, languages, exploration and cultures. Since that short trip, I have been to all 7 continents, some 45 countries and lived in a few different ones along the way too. I began life as a writer and reporter, but dabbled in photography in journalism school. Forsaking shooting after two cameras were stolen – bad luck I guess -- I recently rekindled my love affair with the camera and lens, adding a new depth to what we do with our award-winning HITravelTales.com travel blog. People, faces, and the expressions of different cultures in them fascinate me, as do abstract lines, patterns, lights and shadows. I like to dabble in a lot of genres -- whatever moves me.