The worst thing you can tell a Santero is that you’re visiting for anthropological reasons. When we met Victor, we did exactly that. Santeria has become business in Cuba due to economic difficulties, he said, not because of deficiencies in the religion. There was little...

We went to the feria after breakfast. Our breakfast consisted of wonderful coffee, milk, a plate of exotic fruits and bread with butter. It cost 3$ USD. At the fair in Old Havana, down by the water, we looked at goods (including drums) and...

Our first impressions of Cuba: hitchhiking into Havana, drinking mojitos, dancing and smoking cigars in the Bodeguita del Medio and staying in Casa Particulares. ...

Wrestling matches, called Las Luchas, originated in Mexico. The WWF doesn’t want you to know that, not that anyone watches them anyway. The funny thing is that even though everyone knows it’s choreographed the WWF wants you to take them seriously. Not so with the...

I just took my first trip to Asia and it was to Thailand. I knew going into it what a tourist’s and climber’s mecca it is. I knew my greatest challenge would be finding authenticity, the places the tourists hadn’t already overrun and avoid the...

I’m a foodie. I won’t lie about it. Food is right up there with traveling, dancing and sleeping under the stars. So when combined with traveling, it’s always going to get serious. The best food I’ve ever eaten while traveling was in Greece and the...

I’ll always pick country over city, nature over civilization, and plants and animals over people. It’s not that I’m not a people person. I am. I love a good party and have some fantastic friends. But I think in a lot of ways humans missed...