Cameron Powers, musician and linguist, begins cross-cultural explorations early in life by mountaineering in the Peruvian Andes and running his “terrible tours” in Mexico and Peru. “Whatever you do, don’t go there!” is the clue needed to choose an interesting destination.
Ultimately Cameron’s calm but adventurous spirit led him to enter Baghdad while the city was still in flames following the 2003 bombing so that he might sing Iraqi love songs on the streets to demonstrate a very different methodology for cross-cultural relations. His current partner, Kristina Sophia, accompanied him.
Cameron’s path carried him into Greece where he took up residence with his Greek girlfriend and dove into learning Greek language and music. Cameron had already acquired musical skills and language-learning skills from years of training in linguistics. HIs quest for fluency in both Spanish and the Inca language, Quechua, had carried him through many academic programs.
Returning to Colorado from Greece, he married his Greek girlfriend. They raised two children and formed bands which performed in local Greek, Persian and Arabic restaurants. Playing for belly dancers led Cameron into beginning the study of Egyptian music and Arabic language.
Cameron had been accompanied on two of his early trips to a remote Quechua village in Peru by his then girlfriend Lisa whose journal entries add feminine perspectives to the story. Cameron has featured the roles played by Lisa, Leda and Kristina since his preference was not so much to travel alone but rather to travel with a woman and enter into the structures of family life in not only Peru and Greece, but ultimately in Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
So many travel adventures feature lone males traveling into remote and sometimes dangerous areas of the world with a journalist’s or even a soldier’s attitude. Cameron’s approach is very different. Always aspiring to learn languages and local love songs and finding the entry portals into the hearts of other cultures through endless musical performances, Cameron has seen the world from a close up and tender point of view.
Cameron came to believe that love without reservations or borders could be the magical ingredient for which so many travelers have sought without knowing how easily this can actually be achieved.
Love Without Borders is an adventure tale of endless affairs of love, sometimes sexual but more often attuned to whatever local family values prevail.
I am with you and Lisa in your stone house in Sina right now. You are not even 30 years old yet and you’ve already traveled and seen more than many of us. It is refreshing to hear the kind of freedom you had – some of it I guess were the times, some you had created for yourself. People are so protective and afraid nowadays; it is good to hear that it doesn’t have to be that way.I particularly love one of the descriptions of your feeling like a balloon and thanking Lisa that she is keeping you connected to the ground. That’s beautiful.Thank you for the book and thank you for sharing your life with us. I am enjoying traveling with your younger version now and I am not even at one fourth of the book – there is yet the whole other side of the planet! I am looking forward for the rest!
Tremendous read. I’m now in the Andes with you and Amalia. Amazing how you zoned in with these people. And I have to say that Lisa is so in tune with your writing that much of hers I couldn’t separate from yours without the italics!
Love Without Borders is just plain fun. By the way, your Crete section is incredibly real to me.
I gotta just say… I’m really appreciating the part about Peru and the fact it’s like trading off between you and Lisa’s writing I’m getting a really good picture of that… It’s very touching the time in Sina… the village…
The part about traveling up the Amazon… about the water… the same water you swim in… pee in… make your coffee from… I’m really enjoying Lisa’s descriptions of being on the Amazon…
I just finished your book this morning. Great job! What a fantastic life you created – friends all over the world, a steady stream of juicy women, diving deeply into other cultures and languages, learning and teaching music from these cultures, raising and supporting two kids. Wow! I’m impressed.