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Kickin’ up our heels in Nicaragua
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Kickin’ up our heels in Nicaragua

We were transported in fine style from Tamarindo, Costa Rica, to the border of Nicaragua. After a 20-minute stop, we continued north to a crossroads where a taxi met our private shuttle van and took us to our hotel in San Juan del Sur. The rest of the van was […]

A magical village in Chios, Greece
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A magical village in Chios, Greece

In sharp contrast to our previous ferry ride on the Flying Dolphin, our trip from Samos to Chios was smooth and pleasant. We spent the three and a half hours in a lovely lounge on comfortable sofa chairs reading and playing chess. Arriving in Chios town—the main island port—we immediately […]

Live from Leon, Nicaragua
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Live from Leon, Nicaragua

Surprise! It’s March and we’re in Leon, Nicaragua, the capital of the Sandanista revolution that overthrew the Samosa regime in 1979. This is the first Times and Places article to be written on the spot. We flew into Managua, the capital, two nights ago and found a private taxi to […]

Peru: Once upon a time in Huacachina
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Peru: Once upon a time in Huacachina

Legend has it that there was once a beautiful Inca princess who lived in the Peruvian desert. She fell in love with a handsome prince who suddenly died. With a broken heart her tears created a lagoon, where she sat longing for her lost love. A hunter suddenly scared her […]

Greece: Chilling in Lipsi  on Juliette’s beach
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Greece: Chilling in Lipsi on Juliette’s beach

Lipsi is our new favourite Greek island, and when we make that statement we’re not merely paying lip service to its charms. We arrived on a small, passenger-only ferry called Patmos Star. It was a topsy-turvy trip. Once ashore in Lipsi town, the main port, we were greeted by an […]

Photo gallery: Peruvian faces and places
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Photo gallery: Peruvian faces and places

During the winter of 2012-13, Barbara Moser toured the area around Cusco, Peru. This is a selection of her photographs.

Australia: No shirt, no shoes, no problem
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Australia: No shirt, no shoes, no problem

Travelling by bus down the east coast of Australia I found a little hippie-chic town that many tourists—from backpackers to the wealthy—frequent to laze in sun and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery. Take Haight-Ashbury to a pristine Australian surf beach, add a few millionaires and such high-class celebrities as Elle […]

Rotorua, New Zealand, stinks. I loved it there!
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Rotorua, New Zealand, stinks. I loved it there!

I only had a few days in New Zealand. Of all the activities that New Zealand is best known for—skydiving, bungee jumping, zorbing (plunging oneself down a hill in a giant plastic bubble), searching for Frodo and his ring, or just basking in the glory of its infamous mountainous landscapes—I […]

Chilling in Lima a scrumptious affair
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Chilling in Lima a scrumptious affair

We arrived in Lima to start our winter vacation December 13, after switching planes in Orlando and Panama City. Our driver, Fernando, was waiting for us, holding a sign that said “Barbara Moser.” He drove us to Hostel El Patio in Miraflores, a safe, green, comfortable area, and we were […]

Hawaii: A timeless, ageless magical mystery tour
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Hawaii: A timeless, ageless magical mystery tour

The little Hilo airport was eerily empty. The 20 or so people on my flight from Honolulu grabbed their belongings and quickly went on their way. Left were just one young man, and me. My driver soon arrived and picked us both up, as we were staying at the same […]