Around the World in Eighty Years http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com The Writing and Photography of Jim O'Donnell Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:46:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 24253441 Havana Fishermen of the Malecón – Survival in Cuba http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/havana-fishermen-of-the-malecon/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/havana-fishermen-of-the-malecon/#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:58:54 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5126 Around the World in Eighty Years

Abdel was stressed. He hadn’t caught anything in two days and his wife had yelled at him in the morning.  “This is my vacation,” he said. He was sarcastic and bitter. “It is also my working mornings, my working evenings and every day I have off from my job. And she just yells at me.” [...]

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What Impact Could Artificial Intelligence Have on Climate Change? http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/artificial-intelligence-climate-change/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/artificial-intelligence-climate-change/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:27:13 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5124 Around the World in Eighty Years

 Source: Pexels From customer service chatbots to virtual personal assistants to self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and machine learning is fast becoming a mainstream solution to everyday challenges. So, it was only a matter of time before scientists started enlisting its endless uses in the study of climate change and energy consumption. Could this be a [...]

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Against the Green Wall – Cubans on the Move http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cubans-on-the-move/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cubans-on-the-move/#comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:09:51 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5102 Around the World in Eighty Years

I love people watching. I think that is also why I’m so in love with street photography. There are few things more intriguing than our fellow human beings. There are no two of us that are alike and I often find myself wondering what other’s lives are like. What motivates them? What inspires them? What [...]

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Cuban Ballet Dancers – Havana Imagined http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cuban-ballet-dancers-havana-imagined/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cuban-ballet-dancers-havana-imagined/#comments Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:08:36 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5090 Around the World in Eighty Years

Perhaps the highlight of the first Havana Imagined photography tour I lead for Espiritu Travel was our afternoon at capturing images of Cuban ballet dancers at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Over the next two months I’ll post up collections of captures from our time in Havana. I’ll try to do one a week. Over the [...]

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Society, Collapse, Art and Transformation – Getting to Utopia http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/society-collapse-art-and-transformation/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/society-collapse-art-and-transformation/#comments Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:23:29 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5085 Around the World in Eighty Years

Let’s be perfectly honest. Ruins are awesome. There is something utterly fascinating about the idea of a complete societal collapse. Half wild men and women eeking out a life amid violence, desperation and the decaying ruins of the great civilization that came before.  ~ Today’s popular culture is awash in dystopian, civilizational collapse thought experiments. [...]

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What’s New With Me? Climate & Society, Forests, CliFi and Havana, Cuba! http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-change-adaptation/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-change-adaptation/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:58:53 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5066 Around the World in Eighty Years

It has been a whirlwind since the kids and I returned from our two-week road trip to the Oregon coast and back in July. And there really is no end in site. I’m off to Havana, Cuba tomorrow morning. Havana Imagined! This Year and Next I’m leading a small group on an 8-day photography tour [...]

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Book Review New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/book-review-new-york-2140-by-kim-stanley-robinson/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/book-review-new-york-2140-by-kim-stanley-robinson/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:45:14 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5069 Around the World in Eighty Years

Review New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson My rating: 2 of 5 stars New York 2140 is not a very good book. Let me get that out-of-the-way right up front. I’m always really torn with this author. I have read many interviews with Kim Stanley Robinson (KSR) and have listened to a slew of [...]

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Who Should Pay for Climate Disasters? http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/who-should-pay-for-climate-disasters/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/who-should-pay-for-climate-disasters/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:47:17 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5059 Around the World in Eighty Years

Massive weather events are ever more costly. The 2003 European heatwave killed tens of thousands and cost an estimated 13 billion euros (approx. $16 billion USD). Hurricane Katrina cost $250 Billion. Harvey and Irma are expected to each total about the same. The southeast Asian floods will cost tens of billions to societies that can [...]

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Did Climate Change Cause Hurricane Harvey? http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-change-cause-hurricane-harvey/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-change-cause-hurricane-harvey/#comments Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:07:06 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5053 Around the World in Eighty Years

Houston. We knew this was coming. We knew years ago that this exact scenario was going to roll out over Houston. We knew it was coming and we did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Over the past few years there have been literally dozens of newspaper articles, magazine articles, online publications and scientific studies pointing out exactly [...]

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Exciting Summer Travel Options With Royal Holiday Vacations Club http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/exciting-summer-travel-options-royal-holiday-vacations-club/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/exciting-summer-travel-options-royal-holiday-vacations-club/#respond Sat, 26 Aug 2017 15:18:41 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5042 Around the World in Eighty Years

The summer is a time to let loose, take off, and explore new horizons. Whether you’re in the mood for an exotic tour of South America, a few weeks in Asia, or a trip to Southern Mexico, Royal Holiday Vacation Club guarantees members the chance to make the best of their summer vacation. When it [...]

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You’re Scaring the Crap Out of Me – And it Isn’t Helpful http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-change-fear/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-change-fear/#comments Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:39:36 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5036 Around the World in Eighty Years

By now, many of you have read David Wallace-Wells 7,300-word hellfire and brimstone climate change essay in the New York Magazine. If you haven’t, you should. The essay is a nihilistic, nightmarish, stomach-churning dive into all the possible ways our planet might respond to human-induced climate change. From out-of-control diseases released from glaciers to mass [...]

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Photography Tours: Cuba. Havana Imagined! http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/photography-tours-cuba/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/photography-tours-cuba/#comments Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:47:38 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5034 Around the World in Eighty Years

Havana Imagined! Join me for one of my photography tours to Cuba with Espiritu Travel. Good price, great fun, amazing shots! In November 2017 I will lead a 7-day, 8-night photography tour to Cuba through Espiritu Travel.  The Havana Imagined Photo Tour is ideal for both experienced and amateur photographers. We will spend 7 days [...]

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Steam Train Trips – The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/steam-train-trips/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/steam-train-trips/#comments Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:39:52 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5024 Around the World in Eighty Years

Long time readers of this blog know that my kids and I are fans of old steam trains. I thought that, as the kids get older, they would lose interest in steam train trips. Hellsfire! I’ve got a teenager now! But no. In fact they still love the steam train trips. So on Memorial Day [...]

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Why Traveling to Dubai Should Be a Priority http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/traveling-dubai-priority/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/traveling-dubai-priority/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:37:40 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5017 Around the World in Eighty Years

When the typical Westerner makes his or her bucket list of places to travel, Dubai isn’t typically a list-topper. There are many reasons for this. Dubai is a young city, by some criteria less than a century old. It doesn’t have the history or literary romanticisation of somewhere like Rome or Paris. But then, no [...]

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Trump to Order Review of More Than 50 National Monuments http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/review-national-monuments/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/review-national-monuments/#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:50:12 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5001 Around the World in Eighty Years

The word is that on Wednesday (April 26, 2017), President Trump will order a “review” of more than 50 National Monument designations covering more than a billion (yes, with a B) acres of public lands. Trump will do this via an Executive Order that directs the Department of the Interior to examine every national monument [...]

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Fundaising for My Climate Journalism Work http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-journalism/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-journalism/#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:42:58 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=5004 Around the World in Eighty Years

Hey everyone. Thank you for sticking around my blog these past few years. I’ve covered a wide range of topics from tourism in Cuba to National Monuments to Finland, Photography, Ecotourism in Costa Rica and more. Now I’m setting off on a new climate journalism project. I call it Reimagining Climate Change. And I’m asking [...]

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From Economist to Millionaire: The Cuba Tourism Boom is Drawing Professionals to Leave Their Jobs for Better Opportunities http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cuba-tourism/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cuba-tourism/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:49:21 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4993 Around the World in Eighty Years

Cuba Tourism Boom is Drawing Professionals to Leave Their Jobs for Better Opportunities Last year the United States began dismantling the last remaining barriers to Americans travelling to Cuba, contributing to an estimated 3.5 million visitors in 2016 as Americans flocked to what had been for so long a forbidden country – for Americans at least. [...]

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The Last Day. Three Perfect Days in Trinidad, Cuba – Day Three http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/three-perfect-days/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/three-perfect-days/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:56:57 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4986 Around the World in Eighty Years

Day Three – Three Perfect days in Trinidad, Cuba Three perfect days in Trinidad, Cuba – Day One Three perfect days in Trinidad, Cuba – Day Two It was another morning on the rooftop of Media Luna. The third of my three perfect days in Trinidad, Cuba. While she scrambled my eggs, Gela told me that in [...]

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Three Perfect Days in Trinidad, Cuba – Day Two http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/trinidad-cuba-travel/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/trinidad-cuba-travel/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:15:09 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4980 Around the World in Eighty Years

Day Two – Trinidad, Cuba Trinidad Cuba Day One North of Trinidad the Sierra del Escambray winds its way across the landscape for about 90 kilometers. The mountain range is Cuba’s second largest and looks somewhat like the battlements along a castle wall. The mountains are not particularly high but they are steep. The valleys [...]

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Three Perfect Days: Trinidad in Cuba – Day One http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/trinidad-in-cuba/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/trinidad-in-cuba/#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:25:11 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4972 Around the World in Eighty Years

  You hear it said that the Cuban capital of Havana is a metropolis stuck in the 1950s. If that excites you then the Caribbean coastal town of Trinidad in Cuba will be an added thrill. The 500-year old settlement of cobblestone streets at the base of Sierra Escambray was founded by Spanish conquistador Diego [...]

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