The Embassy?

I was standing across the street from the US Embassy filming a time-lapse video of the sunrise. A police officer approached me after he observing me over the course of about ten minutes. He asked to see my passport, which I surrendered and he radioed my number to another officer on the other end of…

2017 … So Far

I had been working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia since August 2016. I hadn’t been to the capital city, Riyadh, yet. However, things soon changed for me. Dammam is only a thirty minute car ride from Bahrain. On weekends I made my way to Bahrain’s capital city, Manama.   In late January I took a trip…

That Dude

I had a layover in Tokyo, Japan. I was excited to be there of course. After all, it’s Japan — home of Sega, Sony, Mt. Fuji, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and Ramen noodles. Even though my impression of the Japanese as reserved and conservative was pretty well warranted, I found after close inspection that their culture,…

Cusco

The night I arrived in Cusco, the moon hung lonely in the sky. I was so talen by the view that I asked the taxi driver to pull over so that I could take a photo. I am glad I did. 

Old Havana

Old Havana is better maintained than the rest of Havana. I was confused as to why it was called ‘old’ Havana because much of the rest of Havana is in dire need of attention and looks much older.  I found the dark skinned women who smoke large cigars, who are emblematic of Cuba. I found…

Support for The Cuban People

During my stay in Cuba, I slept in a room at a home in Havana that was clean and well equipped with A/C and a fan. There was also a refrigerator stocked with six bottles of water which due to the heat I drank swiftly over my first couple of days. Breakfast was provided for…

From Mexico City to Havana

For anybody who cares, this is a post about Cuba and what it takes to get there. Personally, before I hopped on a plane destined for Cuba I did a lot of research about traveling there. Some of the research I did was not valuable because it was directed at travelers to Cuba whose flights…

Along The Way

Here is a list of the people I met while hiking to the summit of Machu Picchu. Sure, there were plenty more people, but these are thise that stand out. 1) There was a 12 y/o boy from Sao Paulo who hiked to montaña Machu Picchu with his mother. He complained about the problems in…

Chincha Sour

Yojjana, a cute 21 year old caramel complected Chincha native, made my Chincha Sour behind the bar. It was delicious and sour as it should be. Perfecto! I drank with my driver, whose name I did not write down so I have since forgotten. He had fresh squeezed orange juice so as not to betray…

Cotton Picking

It was hot. There was no end to the amount of work they did. The hours were from sunrise to sunset. They were in a foreign land far from their home. Escaping was not a realistic option. If they made an attempt they risked being severely punished. The work involved pain. Each time they picked…

Classes

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr has played a pivotal role in my travels and awareness recently. I have already traveled to the same locales he visited during the filming of his documentaries on Africa, in particular, Ethiopia. A little more than four years ago he also produced a PBS series entitled Black in Latin America…

6 Hours in London

Sadly, England is grappling with the aftermath of  this past week’s terrorist attack. It was no wonder security was so tight in and around the city. I departed from Manama, Bahrain six hours prior to arriving at London Heathrow Airport. With a six hour layover I decided to see the sights. After being grilled by the…