Havana Fishermen of the Malecón – Survival in Cuba

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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From Economist to Millionaire: The Cuba Tourism Boom is Drawing Professionals to Leave Their Jobs for Better Opportunities

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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Three Perfect Days in Trinidad, Cuba – Day Two

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

  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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The Stark Disparity of Mobility in International Travel

“While some travelers – whether executives, “expats” or tourists- are celebrated for their powers to shrink distances and connect territories, others are fretted about for the same reasons.” – Dr. Ruben Andersson, London School of Economics and Political Science in “Illegality, Inc.” (2014) This is about travel. Who gets to travel and who doesn’t. In all my […]

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On The Wild Road – Wildlife Conservation Tourism in the Rockies – Part 1

At The Wild Animal Sanctuary northeast of Denver, Colorado I watched through my telephoto camera lens as a grizzly bear gently backed himself into an artificial pond. He was cautious and slow but once in the water he floated peacefully and splashed around with a stick. The pond was out of place among the dry […]

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From the Mouth of the River – Images of Cuba

It was raining on and off at the mouth of the Yumuri River. There were a scattering of small fishing boats passing in and out of the river mouth under the bridge. They made their way from the Punta del Fraile where the storm created an impressive surf. There weren’t many tourists and the little […]

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Twenty Captures From My Travel in Cuba

“It must have changed so much!” That is what nearly everyone I know has said to me since I returned last week from my travel in Cuba working with Espiritu Travel. Of course this was my very first visit and so I don’t know for sure but…I don’t have the sense that it has changed in […]

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At Home. Very Deep Thoughts on Travel, Boobs, Indigenousness, Floating Tribes and Burning Bags of Dog Crap

It was a Dark and Stormy Night Actually, it was a dark and foggy night. You could see across the dirt road to the abandoned mine but you couldn’t see up to the top of the road and across to the fire station.  After dinner myself, my brother and three other friends grabbed our BB […]

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Tourism's Suicide

Tourism’s Suicide …?

Recently, the Costa Rican Times reported a slight problem. Apparently, a massive influx of tourists to the Ostional Wildlife Reserve was having a negative impact on the ability of the critically endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle to lay their eggs.  And why were all these tourists there? Well, to see the turtles lay their eggs. […]

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A Cosmic Conundrum of Cultural Contact

“How do you expect to communicate with the ocean, when you can’t even understand one another?” – Santisław Lem, Solaris Recently, NASA uploaded the contents of the golden disk to SoundCloud. When the American space agency launched the two Voyager spacecraft in 1977, they placed onboard two golden records that contain the sounds of Earth. […]

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The Boundaries of the Sacred – A Visit to Zuni Pueblo

NOTE: This article was origionally published in the April 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine as a two-part series. ~ ~ ~ On a breezy late-June morning, Tom Kennedy, the Director of the Zuni Tourism Program at the remote western New Mexico Native American pueblo stands atop the remains of the ancient Zuni town of Hawikku, […]

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