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Cuba: Day Trip to Viñales

This is one of a series of articles about our trip to Cuba. Click here for a list of all the Cuba-related articles. After a week in Havana, we were ready to get out of the city for the day. Viñales is a World Heritage Site, and one of the few places that can be…

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Havana: Music!

This is one of a series of articles about our trip to Cuba. Click here for a list of all the Cuba-related articles. One of the reasons we decided to stay in Havana for our entire Cuba visit was to experience as much music as possible. Armed with my friend Ken McCarthy’s list of venues…

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The Vegan Traveler: Havana, Cuba

This is one of a series of articles about our trip to Cuba. Click here for a list of all the Cuba-related articles. Cuba has two distinct economies, and that really shows up in food and restaurants. (You may want to read my section on money in the Preparing for Your Trip post before you…

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Havana: Where To Go and What To See

There are many ways to explore Havana. Lots of tourists opt for a tour in one of the gazillion restored 1950’s American cars–we didn’t do that. We found Havana to be a great city for walking, and we walked at least 5 miles or 8 km a day–some days double that. This is not meant…

Guatemala | Travel

Travel to Quiriguá and Rio Dulce, Guatemala

I’ve traveled through many parts of my adopted country of Guatemala, but had never explored the eastern area. A destination high on my “must visit” list was the Rio Dulce, the river that flows from Guatemala’s largest lake, Izabal, into the Caribbean. Since we had headed east from Lake Atitlán to Copán, Honduras, we decided…

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The Vegan Traveler: Copán Ruinas, Honduras

I’ve wanted to visit the archeological site in Copán for years, and I finally got there in January. Copán was the capital city of a Classic Period Maya kingdom (5th to 9th centuries Common Era). It’s located in the extreme southwest of the Maya territory, in what is now Honduras. The ruins are remarkable. Copán Ruinas…

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Happy Traveler on Interjet

In February I wrote about the terrible experiences I had with the Mexican airline Volaris. I recently flew the other major low-cost Mexican airline: Interjet. Flying with Interjet made me a happy traveler. Cost certainly played a part in the happiness with Interjet. We flew for about 1/3 the price we would have paid with a…

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Volaris – Airline of Evil

Let me start by saying that of the five times I’ve flown Volaris, it was this last trip and subsequent follow-up that put the airline in my Evil category. Let me also say that you may never have this kind of experience with them and you may happily save money with no problems at all. I’ve travelled on…

Music | Travel

Our Quest for the Perfect Travel Guitar

In 2013 we were preparing for a trip to several destinations in the U.S. Mark didn’t want to haul his vintage Martin around, so we began our quest for the perfect travel guitar. We looked at every possible YouTube video showing travel guitars. We read reviews and comparisons. We began to think that, with the…

Mexico | Travel

The Vegan Traveler: Mexico City

Mexico City is huge, and we had only three days to explore. We stayed in the Centro Historico (at a  great vegan-friendly B&B, Chillout Flat.) Most of the vegan-friendly restaurants are in the Condesa and Roma areas, which was a pretty easy taxi ride. We loved Mexico City. After visiting places with large ex-pat communities,…

Mexico | Travel

The Vegan Traveler: San Miguel de Allende

Our September jaunt through Mexico led us from Lake Chapala to San Miguel de Allende. I’d heard so much about San Miguel, and friends from Guatemala were staying there for several months. We rented the apartment downstairs from them for a week. It was perfectly located, in easy walking distance to the center of town…

Mexico | Travel

The Vegan Traveler: Mexico

Mexico is a huge country. In spite of what Donal Trump thinks, Mexico in amazingly diverse with all of the pluses and minuses that go with diversity. I grew up in San Diego, California, and we crossed the border frequently. Dinner in Tijuana was normal, as was a weekend in Rosarito or Ensenada. We camped…

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The Indefinite Traveler

When I was in the corporate world, I had limited vacation time and traveled quickly. I tried to pack as much into a trip as possible, bringing home snapshots to remind me of what I’d seen. My husband has always been a slow traveler, taking his time to really experience life in the places he visited….

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On the Road in Mexico – Ajijic

We are currently on the road, visiting family and friends in Mexico. First stop: Ajijic. Ajijic is a small town in Jalisco, on the shore of Lake Chapala–Mexico’s largest lake. Lake Chapala has a huge expat community (one estimate says over 40,000!) mostly from Canada and the US. Many are snowbirds who live in the area…