A Traveling Gypsy At Heart

A Traveling Gypsy At Heart

My great-great-grandmother was a gypsy, traveling around Germany selling pots and pans out of the back of her family’s donkey cart. When a fair-haired German farmer saw this dark-eyed beauty at the town marketplace he said, “Die will ich!” That one, I want....
Cuba Country – A Visit to Viñales

Cuba Country – A Visit to Viñales

Viñales is a pueblo in Cuba’s tobacco country about 100 kilometers west of Havana. On the narrow, pothole-pocked road to get there, ancient Chevys and Pontiacs dodge horse carts that are not tourists traps but the life blood of the granjeros who work the fields. It is...
Havana, Cuba -What to know before you go.

Havana, Cuba -What to know before you go.

1.) Don’t expect love at first sight. Cuba is like an onion–don’t let the dirty, decaying outer layers keep you from getting to the heart. 2.) Everything is negotiable. From souvenirs to hiring a taxi. Go low when they go high and you’ll meet in the middle. 3.)...
A Stroll Through Shanghai

A Stroll Through Shanghai

Fangbang Road in Shanghai does not attract many tourists–at least not Western ones. This glorified alley, where color is provided by laundry hanging from tangled electrical wires, sells local folks uniquely local things: packaged chicken feet, knock off iPhones,...
China, Family Style – Day One

China, Family Style – Day One

It was not a typical Spring Break vacation choice, but flights to Shanghai are cheap, China is unexplored territory, and we love soup dumplings, so why not try something different? After a 14 hour flight (of which we slept two), we floated into Shanghai via the...