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About José Balido

An alumnus of Georgetown University's School of Languages and Linguistics, Cuba-born José Balido, also known as Paul Balido, has written for both travel and entertainment media since 1987.

On the travel side, he has worked primarily with Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel and
Diversion magazines, both of which have also published his photography, as well as the New York Post.

On the entertainment side, he has written scripts for daytime television programs such as All My Children, Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live, and ECTV's European soap, Riviera. More recently, he executive-produced and wrote the story for Sony Pictures Mexico's acclaimed box-office hit Niñas Mal.

Truly bilingual in English and Spanish, José also speaks French and Italian fluently,
communicates in Czech, can wiggle his way through German and Portuguese, and after all these years can still startle the staff at Chinese restaurants with his Mandarin.

Currently he is president of Tripatini.com, a position he loves, as it pulls together all his eclectic interests.

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On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Cuba, Peru, Florida
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Tibet, Mongolia, but really, all
Other travel / language expertise?
freelance travel writer

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Barcelona's Big, Beautiful, Bountiful Boqueria Market





“By their markets ye shall know them.” 



I kinda just made that up - but on my travels I have often found it to be true. After all, what lovelier (not to mention tastier) way to learn the nuances of a foreign culture than rubbing shoulders with the locals, tasting the flavours of…

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Posted on January 14, 2015 at 3:00pm

Grape Expectations: A Latin New Year's Eve Tradition



New Year’s Eve in Spain
or Latin America is, not surprisingly, one of the prime party evenings of the year. It’s also pretty much inconceivable without the famous ritual of the “12 uvas de la suerte,” or twelve grapes of fortune. Basically,…

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Posted on December 31, 2014 at 6:26am

Top 6 Reasons to Visit Panama

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This fall marks 500 years since Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa “discovered” the Pacific Ocean while traipsing across the isthmus of Panama. That event changed mankind’s concept of geography and the world, and Panama has played a key role in world…

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Posted on December 26, 2014 at 2:30pm

Ibiza - Off-season Secrets of a Party Island



In the summer, of course, the third largest of the Balearic Islands is arguably the party capital of the world, throbbing practically 24/7 from its beaches, yacht marinas, and discos to the cobblestone lanes of its ancient cities and towns. But as winter approaches and Ibiza’s population shrinks from millions closer to its usual year-round…

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Posted on December 16, 2014 at 4:54pm

Beyond Gaudí: 'Modernisme' in Barcelona

A genius gone mad.



Every time I see Antoni Gaudí’s perpetually unfinished Sagrada Família, the crown jewel of the Catalan architect’s vast œuvre, these four words well up along with, I confess, an occasional tear. It’s simply not possible to witness the soaring prayer in…

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Posted on November 7, 2014 at 2:18pm

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At 1:08pm on September 25, 2013, Motherland Kerala said…

Alleppey houseboat Cruise is the best back water Experience. Pls log on www.alleppeyhouseboattrips.com

At 9:33am on October 16, 2012, Cessy Meacham said…

Hi Jose! just writing to send you guys a big hug, Its been a long time but a great year!!! Hope to see you in another great event. What is next ? You guys going to ASTA Dubai?

At 7:17am on October 3, 2012, tourism in sri lanka said…

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We are agent for foreign tour operators handling their groups and individual travelers. Specialized in organizing conferences, incentive travel programmers, stopovers, excursions tailor-made to your tastes, trips for special interest groups and vacationing tour groups, wedding packages, families and individuals.

 

Our fully computerized office is in the heart of the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, giving us an edge in communication and ancillary services. From this office we can accommodate our clients with all information required, until they arrive in Sri Lanka.

 

 

Best Holidays is registered with and approved by the Ceylon Tourist Board, the official tourist body in

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At 10:47pm on September 18, 2012, keralahouseboaters said…
Welcome to Kerala The God's Own Country
The Kerala houseboat cruise takes you to another world, with nature at its best, coming to Kerala and not experiencing the grandeur of these luxury floating castles will be sheer waste. The best place to be explored in these luxurious houseboats has always been the mystic Kumarakom. Kumarakom houseboats have attracted plenty of tourists from across the world.
    Kumarakom flaunts a beautiful landscape with serene backwaters dotted with lush paddy fields, coconut palms, rich flora and fauna along with the life on the bank of these backwaters. Spread across a huge area, Kumarakom, infact remains of the most sought after place for enjoying a cool houseboat cruise.
     You can select from a category of these houseboats, depending upon your budget and requirements. Refurbished to meet your needs, these luxury vessels are designed with all the amenities one will look for in his/her holidays. From single bedroom to triple room, from AC to non-AC houseboats are available for the guests. So enjoy a pleasant cruise in a stylish houseboat and explore the secluded beauty of these backwaters

Kumarakom Houseboats “Cruise Details “
Day: 01 pick from Cochin airport drive to Kumarakom, visit Kumarkom Bird Sanctuary, check in the houseboat at 12:00 Pm with welcome drink with Tender coconut, Jasmine Garlands & Fruit basket. Houseboat cruise through Kumarakom lake, vembanadu Lake, Enjoy the traditional Kerala Lunch break. Houseboat cruise through C- Block, R- Block, H block & over night stay in Kumarakom
Day: 02 After breakfast through C – Block,Pathiramannal Isand , reach Kumarakom at 09:00 Am after driver to Cochin Airport with everlasting memories of Kumarkom. 


Day Cruise in Houseboat (Family Trip)
In the busy life we don’t have great time to sit with our family members. Here we offer a Day Cruise in the houseboat with traditional Kerala Cuisine. Check in to houseboat at 11: 00 Am with welcome drink (Kappa & Fish Curry -11:30 pm). Enjoy Kerala Lunch, 06 hrs Journey through the backwaters of Alleppey will give the natural beauty of Kerala and core village life.
                                                  
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At 3:41pm on August 29, 2012, Voyages Groupe Ideal said…

Thanks - I liked your piece on Miami seafood.

At 7:14am on August 19, 2012, Himalayan Planet Adventures said…

We can become a friend now. Thanks and keep in touch!

At 3:55pm on August 9, 2012, Raju Bisht said…

hello friend welcome to our country...

At 3:49pm on August 9, 2012, Raju Bisht said…

Hello friend Greeting from India...... if u want to visit our country ,, Your most welcome  ...

Raju

At 12:56pm on July 20, 2012, William P. DeSousa-Mauk said…

Great to be connected Jose! I'm honored!

At 11:44am on February 12, 2012, TripButler said…
I'm so happy that you're enjoying your TripButler. Thanks for the feedback :)
 
 
 

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