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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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Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
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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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Bohemian Rhapsodies Outside Prague



It’s true that Prague, with its ravishing Old Town, bangin' nightlife, and other allures, is enough to hold any visitor spellbound for an entire vacation and then some. But much of the essence of the Czech Republic flows from the cities, towns, and countryside outside…

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Posted on May 19, 2015 at 10:00am

Beaches of New York



Visitors to New York City don’t come for the beaches, certainly. But if you should happen to be in town during the warm weather (say, through September), and…

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Posted on May 9, 2015 at 7:30am

Talavera Ceramics, Pride of Both Mexico & Spain



Both Spain and Mexico are known for their rich ceramics tradition stretching back centuries (that of the latter dating back to the Aztecs, Mayans, Olmecs, and other Amerindian civilizations, and on the Iberian peninsula at least to the pre-Roman-Empire Celto-Iberians). But when it comes to "brand names,"…

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Posted on April 28, 2015 at 4:08pm

Back to the Heights of Machu Picchu



When I read not long ago that Peru‘s legendary Andean site Machu Picchu had made the top of TripAdvisor‘s annual “Traveler’s Choice” list of most prominent world landmarks, I certainly wasn’t surprised (though admittedly, the list was more than a little weird in some ways – number two was some mosque in Abu Dhabi, while the Parthenon and the Pyramid of Giza didn’t even crack the top ten).…

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Posted on April 18, 2015 at 9:21am

Oy, Olé! Exploring Jewish Spain



The many-centuries-long saga of the Sephardim, the Jews of Sepharad (as they called the Iberian Peninsula) reaches back to Roman Hispania (and there are suggestions there might have been trade links dating back…

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Posted on April 7, 2015 at 7:30am

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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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Best Holidays will handle your tours and travels with professionalism, offering Sri Lanka's wildlife, underwater, sea safaris, golf, gems, cultural and study tours, Ayurveda or any other area that takes your fancy.

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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