ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

This is my second visit to Buenos Aires, and it’s good to be in a familiar city that is not in turmoil. Things are peaceful and not in disarray. My spacious room is a temple of tranquility with its minimalist design and ample storage. A couple of days of this and I just might feel […]

CHILE: Santiago – No End In Sight

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

After spending five days in the paradise of Rapa Nui and leaving with a warm glow, it took only five minutes for it to dissolve into the chaotic rubble that is Santiago. I regretted having left the island at all, and redoubled my commitment to return in the future. Perhaps, next year will find me […]

CHILE: Rapa Nui – Easter Island

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments
CHILE: Rapa Nui – Easter Island

Rapa Nui easily scores in my top three experiences over the past five years. Is it because my prior destination was in the midst of a revolution of sorts? Did the mellow vibe place me completely under a spell where none of my usual rules applied? Perhaps. I lost my wallet on my second day. […]

CHILE: Santiago – Tear Gas & Rubber Bullets

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
CHILE: Santiago – Tear Gas & Rubber Bullets

Santiago is the friendliest big city in the world bar none. Even in the midst of Government abuses, riots, and demonstrations, the Chileans maintain their indefatigable friendliness and positivity throughout it all. It takes a special people to endure the tortuous reign of a Pinochet, and come out the other end unscathed by cynicism and […]

UNITED STATES: Austin Texas

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Who would have suspected that a trip to Austin’s Sixth Street would prove to be more off-putting than many third-world countries I have visited, including the dread souks of Marrakech, Morocco. Take into consideration that Morocco is the only one of a hundred and seven countries to which I will never return. CAN YOU BELIEVE […]

UNITED STATES: San Diego – Family Fun Time

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
UNITED STATES: San Diego – Family Fun Time

By some welcome miracle, my bags made my connecting flight to San Diego. I finally caught a break after two months of serial debacles. My flight out of Chicago was delayed by snow and other technical difficulties, and I was already resigned to adding baggage to that list. Out of all the countries I travel […]

UNITED STATES: Chicago – All That Jazz

Posted by on Oct 26, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
UNITED STATES: Chicago – All That Jazz

Another redeye flight delivered me to Chicago O’Hare. Five dollars and a train took me to within three blocks of my final destination. That was the easy part. While I waited for my room to be made ready, I went to the CVS Pharmacy and got myself the shingles vaccine and a flu shot. I […]

UNITED STATES: Washington DC – The Trump Show

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
UNITED STATES: Washington DC – The Trump Show

After months upon months of hearing about the damage reaped upon the world stage by our aggressively incompetent president, I find myself in the city where the most repugnant and consequential reality TV show is being produced. This repellent production is shouldered at the expense of taxpayers and has caused immeasurable damage to our democracy. […]

UNITED KINGDOM: SOGGY LONDON

Posted by on Oct 12, 2019 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
UNITED KINGDOM: SOGGY LONDON

The rain has had no problem keeping up with me these last three weeks. After an exceedingly wet and dismal Bournemouth, Guernsey, and Jersey, I arrive in a soggy London congested with extinction rebellion activists who actually delayed my friend on our night out at the theatre. Of course, Extinction Rebellion made their activities known […]

UNITED KINGDOM: Guernsey & Jersey

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
UNITED KINGDOM: Guernsey & Jersey

A bit of advice if you’re traveling to the Channel Islands, give yourself some wiggle room. The ferries have a habit of frequent cancellation. Such was the case when I lost a day in Guernsey to just such a curtailment of service, proving once again, the necessity of maintaining flexibility in your travels. Also, always […]

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