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There are of course a bunch of Mexican patriotic holidays that come around every year. But the that's caught on most outside Mexico is Cinco de Mayo – especially in the next-door United States, most notably out on the West Coast, but really, pretty…Continue
Posted on May 5, 2013 at 7:25am
There are few animals – and offhand I can’t really think of any birds – with quite the mystique of the iridescent emerald-green denizen of southern Mexico and Central America known as the resplendent quetzal. Since they’re fairly rare (officially “near threatened”) and even more elusive, you’re very…
Posted on April 26, 2013 at 12:48pm
I’m standing on the deck of a mighty wooden treasure ship, 170 feet long and 495 tons, watching tourists amble and poke about – but I admit, in my mind's eye I’m picturing pirates, sailors, and skeezy, barnacle-encrusted zombies from Davy Jones’ locker slashing,…
Posted on April 17, 2013 at 12:29pm
In February 2009, Martinique and its sister island Guadeloupe took an unaccustomed turn in the world's headlines with heated general strikes over inequality and the cost of living, resulting in the first ever cancellation of Martinique's Carnival. The poobahs in Paris responded by raising salaries and other concessions, President Nicholas…Continue
Posted on April 12, 2013 at 11:24am — 1 Comment
Hi, everyone! The founder of Tripatini.com, I'm a longtime travel writer and editor, an alum of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. I've edited travel for HarperCollins' guidebook division, Hearst Magazines' Diversion, and ShermansTravel.com, and served as Executive Editor of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel and Caribbean Travel & Life.
In addition to all that, I've written for a fairly respectable chunk of the travel media, as well as general interest newspapers, magazines, and Web sites. Just a sampling: Boston Herald, Brides.com, GQ, HuffingtonPost.com, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Men's Fitness, MSNBC.com, Miami Herald, National Geographic Traveler, New York Post, Travel+Leisure, and the Iberostar Resorts blog. I've also written travel guides, most recently Pauline Frommer's Costa Rica, and co-founded CubaEnLinea.net, a social network for Cubans both in Cuba and around the world.
I speak six languages, and now live in Miami, Florida. But I lived for years in New York City, and among the more than 50 countries I've visited, I've also lived in Spain, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Travel is my overriding passion -- I get tired of many things in this life, but never, ever of travel!
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