RIGA, LATVIA

I squeezed into a non-reclining seat on Ryanair at 6 am in late May for the 2.5 hour, $32 flight to Riga, capital of Latvia. The flight left from London’s Stansted Airport in driving rain and arrived in what Riga residents were calling a heat wave – a high of 85F. Since Riga is roughly […]

Round the World – October 2015 – 23,643 miles.

  lst Sector ALPINE to LOS ANGELES by Amtrak. 1,036 miles. $100. 19. 5 hours. 9.7 c per mile.     With the back fully reclined, and the leg supports extended, using both seats you have a small platform on which to curl up. Don’t expect a pillow or blanket, however.         […]

Trinity Village, Newfoundland

  Located on the Bonavista Peninsula, 3 hours drive from St. John’s, is the community of  Trinity.   Founded in the 17th Century, with a history of fishing, the settlement has a population of 191 residents. The beautifully restored houses are called salt box houses, with a two-story front and a one-story rear, and a […]

New-found-land

  Newfoundland, coupled with Labrador, is the most easterly of Canada’s 10 provinces. St. John’s, the capital, is closer to Dublin, Ireland than to Houston. The province an island, reachable by ferry from the Canadian mainland. It has long winters and short summers. We don’t hear much about Canada in mainstream US news. Canadians, who […]

Copper Canyon revisited

  Stepping off the train (“El Chepe”) at Creel, the hub of the Copper Canyon region, I felt glad to be back. I walked along the platform towards the plaza, enjoying the moderate temperature. At 7,644 feet, Creel avoids the worst of the summer heat. I passed the restaurant El Tungar, whose sign advised the […]

The People’s House

I flew to Bucharest, capital of Romania, with Wizzair, a budget airline I’ve used before. Cheap and colorfully painted, it is based in Budapest, but is US owned. I sneaked on-board a large carry-on bag without being noticed or charged; the Wizzair staff were more concerned with an on-time departure. The flight from London took […]

Moldova – where’s that?

  Small in size (population of 3.6 million), located in a little known corner of southeastern Europe and positioned between two larger neighbors (Romania and Ukraine), Moldova gets little attention. Yet it is an extremely fertile region with potential to rise above its economic rank of the poorest country in Europe. The main problem is […]

Anna Badkhen, from Russia to Boquillas

Pictured on August 23, 2014 outside the Park Bar in Boquillas, Mexico is war reporter, author and adventurer, Anna Badkhen.  She had just given book readings in Marfa and Alpine, highlighting her most recent book: The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village. Rory Stewart, author of the popular The Places in Between, […]

Legendary Locals Of The Big Bend

  I have just finished a new book, Legendary Locals of the Big Bend and Davis Mountains, published July 2, 2013, ahead of schedule. It is a popular history book containing 145 pictures of individuals from this region, from the earliest days to contemporary times, with an accompanying text describing their achievements.  In some ways, […]

Overnight under a full moon on the South Rim of Big Bend National Park

“You can more or less take your pick of campsites”, said Interpretive Park Ranger Jennette Jurado at Panther Junction park headquarters, when I checked in to book a primitive campsite in the High Chisos. It was 4 pm on a Saturday. I had travelled 117 miles from Alpine, and I reckoned I would need up […]