Why Travel to Cuba? ¿Por que no?

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Maybe George Mallory had it right. “Because it’s there,” he is famously reported to have answered.  The question being, of course, why climb Everest? My neighbor’s question was, “Why travel to Cuba?” She’d walked into our place as I began to sort the mound of stuff on the dining table, scratching checkmarks on …

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Cuba’s Classic Cars: a Cultural Handshake

Once I heard that satisfying ‘ker-chunk’ of the immigration officer’s stamp and practically got ignored going through customs at the Jose Martí International Airport, I headed for the arrival hall’s exit with my travel pack and my husband. A guy holding a sheet of notebook paper with my name hand-printed …

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Disconnecting to Accept the Promises of Travel

Travel Journal 2015, page 1

With a plane ticket and a smart phone, you can take the family and all of your friends along on pretty much any trip. Selfies and food photos, along with a wifi connection is all you need. I struggle with this constant connection while traveling. Sure, it’s great fun to share …

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The Traveler as Ambassador: Around the World in 32 Teeth

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My new dentist, Dr. Patel, took a trip to several of the world’s countries last week while examining my teeth. It went like this: Dentist: Hmmm. (Tapping a tooth.) Me: Cartagena, Colombia. Dentist: Excuse me? Me: That tooth. I had it filled in Cartagena. Dentist: Ah yes. Perilous country. And …

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What’s Your Favorite Shark? Curiosity and Creativity

“What’s your favorite shark?” Questions like that one, coming from an eight-year-old boy I’ll call Simon, at 6:00 in the morning, b.c. (before coffee) were part of why I loved working aboard a sailing charter boat. Other benefits of the job were: rum, snorkeling and swimming every day (sometimes with …

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Sometimes a Vague Notion

I had this vague notion about my first trip to Ireland 15 years ago: that I would seek out some connection with an Irish ancestor who had emigrated sometime in the nineteenth century, landed in Minnesota and started procreating. The family had very little information about him. Because my husband …

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