Doing New York on a Budget

“I’ll meet you at Grand Central Station,” he said. I’d tried twice before to go to New York. The first time was almost thirty years ago, shortly after I’d graduated from art school—the obligatory pilgrimage. I canceled the trip due to a pending divorce. The second aborted attempt also had something to do with a…

Tango in New York City

Looking for a tango partner, read the Craigslist ad. I’d been in Buenos Aires a few months and was searching for the same. He was originally from New York, living in Argentina for … reasons he’d not want me to mention. We became good friends. “I don’t want to visit New York until you’re back…

Harrowing New Year

Friend and fellow traveler, Duncan Stroud, is my guest blogger—to start off the New Year. Narrowly escaping death, as he has so many times in the past, he shares his journey home from Ecuador to Argentina. “Travel Tip: Don’t plan to travel on New Years Day if you are in a small mountain village and…

Between Storms

Ironically, surrounded by water, Baja California Sur experienced an 8-month drought before tropical storm Lidia quenched it over the Labour Day weekend. It was a bittersweet reprieve. Although the flora was nourished, structures were destroyed and people died. Three years earlier, Odile had ravaged the same area on a grander scale. It’s an area seemingly…

Hong Kong

While Amanda explored Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, her younger sister arrived in Hong Kong. Amy, her boyfriend Chan, and his parents, visited relatives in the autonomous “Fragrant Harbour” on the Pearl River in China. One of the world’s most densely-populated territories sprouts skyscrapers along its downtown shore and, even after death, maintains that population in…