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Canoe on Rio Dulce

Rio Dulce, Guatemala

    Rio Dulce town (also known as Fronteras) is a place in Guatemala that I have wanted to travel to since my Peace Corps days in 1991-92.  A port town on the river for which it is named, and at the mouth of Lago Isabel, the largest lake in Guatemala, Rio Dulce is a […]

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A Gesture of Humanity

The most rewarding joys of travel, and life, are the unexpected expressions of kindness and humanity we encounter.  I think often of a particular incident that happened in my travels. On an August day in 2002 I left Kandahar, Afghanistan, where I was doing development work, to go on an R&R trip to Bangkok, Thailand. […]

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Thessaloniki Market, Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

A Language Lesson and a Sandwich

    Trying to communicate with minimal skills in a foreign language can be frustrating. Attempting to express or gather information when the response from the person spoken to is a quizzical stare can be maddening or ……..entertaining! I once attended a talk and book-signing in San Francisco by the travel writer Pico Iyer.  After […]

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For the Considered Traveler

The Contrarian Traveler is a resource site for unique and budget friendly travel opportunities.  The constantly updated resources listed here are a collection of tools to help you plan and choose your travel itinerary.  A bi-monthly blog includes the latest deals on vacation packages and last minute travel.  The blog also discusses novel destinations and […]

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