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Chiapas Mexico

Just spent five wonderful days in Chiapas Mexico. We toured the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, a colonial town founded in 1528. It is at 7200 feet elevation so chilly. I especially liked the markets where the fruit was arranged artistically. We climbed up a hill to see a local church — apparently […]

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Alaska Cruise

I went to Alaska with my 89-year-old Dad, my 83-year-old step mom, my 79-year-old mother-in-law and a friend. We left from Seattle and went to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. We stopped for a few hours in Victoria BC but we did not get off the ship. It was a great way for my parents to […]

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India

One thing I love about India is how it confronts every sense — it can be both a delight and an assault. This trip I visited Delhi and Varanasi. What I remember and loved most were the sites, the smells, the sounds: The spectacle of people everywhere, women in the bright colors they embrace and […]

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Cuba

I spent nine days in Cuba on a photography tour. We were in Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad. Reflections: Cuba is a country in transition. It is not a third-world country, rather more a first-world country which has been neglected for 30 or 40 years. Once elegant buildings and first-world infrastructure are decaying. The infamous […]

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Thoughts About Africa

I had never been to sub Saharan Africa before. We went to a private game reserve in South Africa called MalaMala. Then we went with some friends to Zambia near Kafue National Park. We stayed a couple days in Livingstone to see Victoria Falls. And we spent one day in Johannesburg where we visited an […]

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Burma (Myanmar) 2013

Our trip to Burma was a photography tour led by a long-time friend Dave Cardinal. I had not taken photos before, so when we decided to go on this tour, I got my first camera — a Canon Rebel. I am happy to report my photos improved over the trip. Burma was temples and monks, […]

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Laos 2013

Sabaidee – hello. Everyone greets me and I greet them in return. Always a smile. Happy when I greet them first. Say “Mekong River” and I immediately think of the war in Vietnam and all the horrors that went with it. But sunset on the river was innocent. Vientiane is the capital of Laos. We […]