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Passport Stories

Passport Stories

J2106773.                                                                               422069098.   Never have I been any good at remembering random numbers – but these are two that are etched in my memory forever. No, they’re not passwords. They’re my passport...
The Greatest Photo Idea, Ever!

The Greatest Photo Idea, Ever!

I thought it was the dumbest suggestion I’d ever heard. I was with my business partner, Michael Day, on a site inspection trip in Kenya in the late 90s. I was standing in an open-top safari vehicle somewhere in the Maasai Mara, as he took photos of me....
Eleven Do’s & Dont’s for Cuba

Eleven Do’s & Dont’s for Cuba

After ten visits to Cuba, I suppose that makes me something of an expert. For the uninitiated, here’s a rundown on some Do’s and Don’ts: DO’s DO go. And go there soon. Since the restrictions on American travel were lessened in the last several months, visitor counts...
How to survive a tourist trap

How to survive a tourist trap

I really dislike tourists. No – that’s not entirely accurate.  But I hate the impact that tourists – disgorging from cruise ships and fleets of air-conditioned motor coaches – have on a once-lovely place.  It’s not their fault.  And if...
“So, you think you can write?”

“So, you think you can write?”

This is my 100th weekly blog.                    Woo hoo!                                    Talk about a journey . . . I have a few people to acknowledge on the occasion of this momentous achievement: No thanks to someone who, early on, was the most vicious critic...
On a dark, desert highway …

On a dark, desert highway …

(No) cool wind in my hair… I was in the desert but this was not a highway – rather a dusty road with a rutted surface like a washboard. But it was dark – and getting darker. And I was lost. I’d passed a hitchhiker a couple of miles back and...