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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 […]

A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece
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A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece

We learned two lessons on our visit to the Greek island of Sifnos: always check your ticket before boarding a busy ferry, and it pays—big time—to explore the lesser-known island destinations. We boarded the ferry precisely at the right time, 1 pm sharp. Our tickets were snapped up. The voyage […]

Cuba by taxicab is faster, more interesting than taking the bus
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Cuba by taxicab is faster, more interesting than taking the bus

Marion and I began our three-week sojourn in Cuba with a one-week stay at the Tuxpan in Varadero, a Soviet-styled block building fronting a beautiful sandy beach and an expansive swimming pool. The price was right: Canadian tour operators offer all-inclusives that provide the inexpensive packages and offer tours outside […]

Peru’s Inca Trail: No horsing around
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Peru’s Inca Trail: No horsing around

The heroes of Machu Picchu are the porters, descendants of the peoples who were part of the Inca empire. The Inca made up the largest civilization in South America, which dominated what is now Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and into the mountains of Bolivia and Argentina from about 1300 until […]

Peru’s Inca Trail: Walking in the footsteps of the Inca
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Peru’s Inca Trail: Walking in the footsteps of the Inca

At 5 am on December 20, 2012, we set out on a journey in Peru on a stone path made more than 500 years ago. It winds through the Andes alpine tundra and cloud forest more than 4,000 metres above sea level, along cliffs and above clouds. It was once […]

Peru’s Nazca lines — extraterrestrial?
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Peru’s Nazca lines — extraterrestrial?

It was a long, windy, and nauseating 14-hour bus ride from Cusco to Nazca. My mother, Barbara, her husband, Irwin, and I were looking to escape the cold and wet of Cusco—not to mention the altitude sickness—and to bask in the heat in one of Peru’s driest towns: Nazca. I […]

Capitalism collides with socialism as Cuba continues to evolve
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Capitalism collides with socialism as Cuba continues to evolve

There is an evolution underway in Cuba. Banners are borne by weary multitudes waving computer-science degrees and wearing stethoscopes. Today the ordinary Cuban demands his due in the global economy. With the growing potential sanctioned by the government, floodgates are opening. Cuba is one of the most complicated and invigorating […]

Milos on our minds
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Milos on our minds

The cicadas, again. We are sitting at a small table on the edge of the seashore in the bay of Adamas, the main port of Milos, wondering why we are leaving this place after three nights. A lone seagull floats by and the gentle wind sends ripples across the water. […]