Ups and Downs, and a Few Bends

My day started with a trip to the medical clinic located at Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR), which not only services guests, but also members of the community. Because the public health system is limited in what it can provide–plus, the hospital is subject to frequent power outages–AKR’s owner, Julio Gallindo Sr., founded the clinic atRead more

On the Boat Again…

“A bad day diving is better than a good day at work.” Various stickers are plastered at the AKR dock where a boat shuttles resort guests between their island cabanas and the main resort. But this sticker stands out among them, especially today. Based on the previous day’s experience, Chris couldn’t disagree more. However, he’sRead more

Dive In

Roatan is a mecca for scuba divers from around the world, and Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR) is a mecca for divemasters looking for a job on the island. Serge, a divemaster, has spent two years living in Roatan, working at various dive shops, but when he had the opportunity to work full time at AKRRead more

E-mail Changes

I want to apologize for my rusty blogging skills. I haven’t been on the blog since last August, and in that time my e-mail address changed. However, I didn’t change it in the Yahoo Group settings until after I posted yesterday and realized my error. So, if you responded to the e-mail you received fromRead more

V!VA List Latin America Released

I’ve written my first book. Well, that’s not exactly true. A travel essay I wrote about the Lord of Sipan was accepted for publication in a compilation of travel stories. V!VA List, Latin America is the first-ever armchair travel book created by an online community of travelers, writers and photographers. Packed with colorful essays andRead more

First Stop, Cleveland

When Brook Silva-Braga announced he was quitting his job to spend a year traveling around the world, his coworkers said it was a great idea; however, his boss confided that some of them were whispering, “There’s the idiot . . . the one who’s giving it up.” But like many of those who have caughtRead more

Theater in the Round

This is my last post from across the pond. The sun has set on what was a glorious final day in London. We started at the street markets along Portabello Road in Notting Hill. Despite just having had breakfast, I couldn’t resist a cupcake at the Hummingbird Bakery. And finally, our day ended in Shakespeare’sRead more

War Room

Even if you’re not into war history, you might enjoy a visit to the Cabinet War Rooms, part of the two-year-old Churchill Museum. Churchill used these underground bunkers to conduct World War II and protect himself from the bombs falling all over the city. The day the war ended, the rooms were locked up withRead more

The whole world in my hands

It is possible to travel the whole world by just visiting the British Museum. I spent most of my time in Africa, especially Egypt. The museum has an astonishing quantity of statues and mummies (including Cleopatra). As much as I enjoy seeing these artifacts, they would have more meaning, or context, if they were returnedRead more

London calling

I have been indoctrinated. As we passed deeper and deeper inside the Cadbury chocolate factory, we were told again and again by holographic 19th century figures that Cadbury was awesome in every way. The company was one of the first to offer benefits to the factory workers, it built schools and hospitals for the townRead more

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