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How I travelled around the Yucatan by bus

How I travelled around the Yucatan by bus

Thinking about riding the buses in Mexico and don’t know the language? Here’s how an “older” female, travelling solo, with no Spanish, did it last month. I hadn’t planned to go there. In fact, I had just come back from Asia and my travel fund was low. But winter was lingering here in Canada so I impulsively decided to wait it out someplace warm. I do know some Spanish and here it is. –       Hello. Hola. (o-la) –       … Read entire article »

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico, revisited

Isla Mujeres, Mexico, revisited

I first visited Isla Mujeres 10 years ago and really liked the place. It’s a small island off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, 10km north of Cancun. Isla (as the locals call it) and its better-known neighbour Cancan were both quiet fishing villages at one time but not any more. The Mexican government began developing the Cancun hotel zone in 1974 and today it is one of the most popular tourist resorts in the world. There are more … Read entire article »

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Gallery of Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sri Lanka are just outside the popular tourist destination of Kandy and easy to reach by tuk-tuk from any of the nearby hotels. It’s a lovely place, well laid out, and the map you get at the entrance is easy to follow. I’ve read that the orchid house is most popular but it didn’t hold my attention, perhaps because I recently visited the one in Singapore and that has to … Read entire article »

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The surprising Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan

The surprising Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan

Celestun is a fishing village 96 km southwest of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It’s known for its seafood restaurants and for the flamingos that go there during the fall and winter to reproduce.   The flamingos are in the Celestun Biosphere Reserve and you need to take a boat to see them. You can hire one at the entrance to Celestun or on the beach near either the La Palapa or La Sirena restaurants.   There … Read entire article »

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Amritsar, home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine

Amritsar, home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine

The city of Amritsar is in the Punjab in northwest India, very close to the Pakistan border. It is an affluent state and the majority of people are Sikh. Unlike some Indian cities, there are few animals crowding the streets and there are proper outdoor toilets. There are also many travel agencies.   Pilgrims from all over the world come here because of the Golden Temple, which is the spiritual and cultural center for the Sikh religion. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cultural travel, India, Spiritual travel, Travel itinerary

Independent travel: Does it matter how we do it?

Independent travel: Does it matter how we do it?

Editorial: A couple of days ago I found myself on a Yucatan bus seated beside a young woman from Denmark. She was also a serious traveller and we shared some stories. I had just been to India and she had travelled there four years earlier. She said she’d like to return but couldn’t bring herself to do so because of bad experiences travelling by bus. I told her about my trip, how I wanted to visit just … Read entire article »

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