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2016 NYC Trip Photos #30: Leaving New York (reprise)

Day Seven. Early morning. The Comfort Inn had already shut off our cable TV, in case we were entertaining any notions of dawdling. Morning news was far from our thoughts, with a noon flight ahead and without knowing whether or not LaGuardia was one of those airports where passengers should expect mile-long lines worse than what we’re used to comic conventions. 1,220 more words


The Catlins, New Zealand

After a day exploring Milford Sound, we headed south-east towards the Catlins. After spending a night in Invercargill at a fantastic eco-guesthouse (see details in essentials at the end of this post), we headed north along the coast through the Catlins, finishing at Kaka Point. 325 more words


New Favorite Travel Logger: Travel Story.

As I have sated a fair amount recently, I’m traveling very rarely right now (though there are a few plans in the works); instead, I’ve been getting organized. 531 more words


Tom Gjelten Reviews “Island People: The Caribbean and the World” 

Many thanks to Peter Jordens for following up on our previous post on Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s Island People: The Caribbean and the World (Knopf, 2016). Here are excerpts of a review by… 444 more words

New Books

Be the pebble that starts the ripple...

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen back in October I got all ‘fan girl’ upon meeting polar explorer Sir Robert Swan who came to speak at the school I work at as part of an academic Global Learner Conference. 402 more words



The unpleasant smell, the distinguishable sound, the abruptly cold breeze, and the brush of hundreds of strangers scuffling by. How could one possibly miss the tangled mix of dialects, rushed footsteps, dirty worn in seats, and hurried bodies all scrambling to make it on heedlessly before the doors promptly close. 131 more words