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May I introduce: Rigo, a tour guide in Todos Santos, Guatemala

May I introduce: Rigo, a tour guide in Todos Santos, Guatemala

Todos Santos is a village in the highlands of western Guatemala, about a two-hour bus ride from the state capital Huehuetenango. The setting is quite spectacular and so are the people, who are largely indigenous, of Maya descent, and speak the Mayan language of Mam. This is one of the few villages in the country where even the men wear traditional dress—red-and-white striped trousers and multi-coloured shirts with embroidered collars. The town is also famous … Read entire article »

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Taking the hop-on, hop-off bus in Penang, Malaysia

Taking the hop-on, hop-off bus in Penang, Malaysia

Georgetown is the capital of the island of Penang, which is off the west coast of Malaysia. Many people call the whole place Penang and don’t refer to Georgetown at all. The tagline for Georgetown is “Pearl of the Orient”, primarily because of its concentration of colonial architecture. Indeed, this is another territory colonized by the Brits and the street names remind you of that: King Street, Queen Street, Buckingham Street! UNESCO added its blessing … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Vancouver Island with the kids

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Vancouver Island with the kids

Vancouver Island with the kids

Nestled along Canada’s west coast is Vancouver Island and its beauty is legendary: lush old-growth rainforests, wave-swept beaches that stretch for miles, majestic mountains with snow-capped peaks, rivers teeming with fish, alpine meadows filled with wildflowers, and hundreds of islands and islets. It’s less than 20 minutes by air from Vancouver or Seattle. Andrew and Erin Sunter and their young children Aidan and Parker reached the island by ferry for two weeks of family fun. … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Chicago

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Celebrating my 30th in the great city of Chicago

Celebrating my 30th in the great city of Chicago

I have wanted to go to Chicago ever since I took a history of music class in university. The class focused on the origins and development of popular music in the twentieth century and how society affected and was affected by music. The Great Migration—the movement of African Americans from the rural south to cities in the North in the early 1900s—had a major impact on the music scene. In Chicago a new form of … Read entire article »

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Being a foodie at the cottage on Vancouver Island

Being a foodie at the cottage on Vancouver Island

Andrew and Erin Sunter rented a cottage on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada for a couple of weeks this summer. They enjoy cooking, which is one of their hobbies, and wanted to enjoy the fresh ocean bounty that is readily available there. One of the reasons we were so excited about renting the cottage that we did was that it is on the edge of Fanny Bay half way up the Island … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of a Canadian cottage garden

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A garden at the cottage, Bobs Lake, Canada

A garden at the cottage, Bobs Lake, Canada

A Canadian dream is to have a summer home at the lake—and there are many thousands of lakes in this country. These lakeside dwellings are often quite modest but even the most luxurious are usually called cottages. Barbara Reinhardus and her husband Gerrit have worked on the land at their Ontario cottage for 31 years. Through hard work and vision they have created a property resembling an English cottage garden in the woods with roses, climbers, … Read entire article »

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Hopping on and off the bus in 4 great cities

Hopping on and off the bus in 4 great cities

Editorial: It’s August, the month when ‘the girls’ go to New York City, not every year, of course, but often enough. Over time we’ve seen most of its landmarks. When we’re there we always take a ride on the hop-on, hop-off bus. It’s now a tradition even though it’s a touristy thing to do. I’ve taken the hop-on bus in other cities as well. It works for me. On the website this month we’re visiting cities … Read entire article »

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