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Puerto Rico

Puerto RicoFebruary 2012Puerto Rico Factoids Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the US. I think of it, however, as an island nation with a unique culture. About the size of Connecticut, this island is a gem of the Caribbean. US citizens don’t need a passport to go there. The official languages of PR are both English and Spanish though Spanish is …

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Brazil

BrazilRio de JaneiroDecember 2014Our journey to Rio de Janeiro started with a three hour drive from Austin to Houston. When we checked in for our flight, they told us they would have to move our seating to first class. My travel buddy, Isaac Miller, and I acquiesced to their rigid protocol and moved our luggage to 1st class. First-class seats …

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Cuba

CubaJune 2013I went to Cuba because I was looking for a culturally unique experience. Though every country has its own such experiences, Cuba is significantly different from the other 42 countries in which I’ve traveled. Just planning to go there was an adventure.Cuba Factoids:   In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on what is now the island of Cuba and claimed …

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South Africa

South AfricaLondon – PrologueDecember 2007One of Life’s lessons is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. We were scheduled to fly from Austin, TX to Washington DC, then on to Cape Town, South Africa. However, we missed our connecting flight from Washington DC. The airline said they could get us out on the following day, same time as originally …

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Netherlands

NetherlandsAmsterdamThe canals are beautiful and functional.Sailing ships give Amsterdam an ‘old world’ flavor.Bikes are ubiquitous in Amsterdam. Bike lanes are almost as wide as streets. Walk / Don’t Walk signs have bike symbols.The canals are beautiful and functional.Sailing ships give Amsterdam an ‘old world’ flavor.Bikes are ubiquitous in Amsterdam. Bike lanes are almost as wide as streets. Walk / Don’t …

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Jordan

JordanAugust, 2000This is the famous Treasury in Petra, Jordan. It is actually a tomb carved into rock. Notice the immense size. Laurence, on the right, hauled my butt all over Egypt and Jordan.This picture is here by popular demand (My mother asked me to put in, and we have to do what mom says). I like that it shows me …

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Egypt

EgyptWe stayed at the Oasis hotel in Giza – just a few miles from the pyramids. It had a great Italian restaurant up a mountain of stairs.The last wonder of the world – the pyramids, not me.Our tour guide, Tarik, from Green Valley Tours, was exceedingly knowledgeable and took us to many ancient sites as well as the museum in …

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Caribbean

Cruising the CaribbeanOR, AS CHERYL AND I LIKE TO CALL IT, THE “LIFE IS TOO SHORT…” CRUISE.The beds were at just the right height to facilitate transfers to and from my chair.The shower was wheelchair accessible and the shower nozzle also reached over the sink.There were plenty of shipboard activities ranging from rock climbing to soaking up sun.Here we are …

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Germany

GermanyWhen I got to Munich, I went to the Hofbräuhaus, the largest beer hall in Germany. I ordered some enchiladas and Coors Lite, to be served in a 6 oz. glass, like I Get back in Texas. Instead, they brought me a dark beer in a liter mug and some sausage and sauerkraut. This beloved beer hall has existed since …

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Italy

ItalyI went to Italy to visit my friend Joni. Here we are on her veranda in Vicenza.To get in some of the elevators I had to have Laurence take my wheels off.Joni made arrangements for me to speak to 2 classes at the school where she works. I spoke to Ms. Wrights and Ms. Testa’s class. The students were very …