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I am a recent liberal arts graduate who travels as a compulsion. I have lived in several regions of the US as well as briefly abroad in England and Spain, and these changes in location have only made me more determined to travel to and write about the climes and currents of the world that remain foreign to me, and what I write tends to reflect my views on the importance of mindful travel as opposed to tourism. As my father is Cuban-born, Latin America is particularly high on my list of regions to explore and understand.
Lake Mary, FL, USA
Portland, OR, USA
Unlike tourism, which is easy but ultimately unrewarding, travel requires forethought, mindfulness, and often discomfort, but its rewards can be endless.
My most bizarre cultural experience would have to be a conversation I had with the woman in Madrid, Spain from whom I rented a room. We were sitting over dinner, watching Spain's wildly popular "Quien Quiere Ser Millionario," when a trivia question on the show triggered my landlady to start talking about life under Franco's regime. With the show still playing in the background, she started recounting memories she told me she'd not thought about for decades as she fought back tears of anger and frustration. It was a completely unexpected moment of intimacy that transcended barriers of age, of culture, and of language.
My dream destination is to travel to Cuba to visit members of my family I've never met, and also to dance the Cuban Son.
I have traveled extensively around the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as throughout Western and Central Europe--most prominently, Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, and Switzerland.
Most recently, I made the cross-country drive from Florida to Oregon.
Los Vilos is a sleepy beachside town with little to worry about in the way of safety. During the winter, ......Read More
The small town of Vicuña is generally a safe place. Activity in and around the town square continues till late ......Read More
On Ruta 5 North at kilometer 389, take the second road toward Fray Jorge. From here, it's 25 kilometers to ......Read More
This small strip of land, which at times is no more than 200 meters wide, has a little bit of ......Read More
About 15km north of Tongoy, Guanaqueros is the smaller of the sister beach towns with a few restaurants and hotels ......Read More
Quintay is a tiny, mostly residential beach town hidden among wooded seaside hills and relatively untouched beaches about 40 minutes ......Read More
The Puerto Natura hotel and spa is for travelers who like luxury without the pomp and circumstance. A night’s stay ......Read More
The Manoir Atkinson is a small hotel with seven carefully decorated rooms (one is an upstairs suite) in a newly ......Read More
A tasteful hotel in a restored colonial home, Hotel Halley is luxurious without being showy. Rooms open onto a sunlit ......Read More
Pop into Club Donde Mismo for cheap Chilean/Peruvian food and a full bar. The place is unpretentious and clean, the ......Read More
If you’re looking for a classy but affordable way to spend your evening, Eladio is an excellent choice. Located centrally ......Read More
Café Molinos, a quiet spot to have lunch, is just off the main Bellavista drag on Calle Arzobispo. The café ......Read More
alseros looking to get their salsa fix while in Santiago should try out Maestra Vida, located on the busy Pio ......Read More
On a clear day, the view from the top of Cerro San Cristóbal is spectacular, providing the best view in ......Read More
Tour guides at Pablo Neruda’s Isla Negra home will claim that, of his many houses, this home was the place ......Read More
If you’re looking for something a bit different from your run-of-the-mill tour, check out Discover Valparaíso. This one-man tour operator, ......Read More
The still young Fundación Valparaíso, established in 1998 by a North American poet smitten with the city, is a non-profit ......Read More
Next door to Pablo Neruda’s home, La Sebastiana, on top of Cerro Bellavista is the Centro de Información Touristica y ......Read More
Almost all of the services in Vicuña are near the Plaza de Armas in the center of town. The tourism ......Read More
Though shopping isn’t the primary reason to come to Valparaíso, there are some worthwhile outdoor markets and small artisan shops ......Read More
Most services, including banks, money exchange offices, travel agencies, postal services, Internet and telephone cafes, and pharmacies, can be found ......Read More
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