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Dancing under the Shed in Belize (#FriFotos)

Moon Post

This Friday’s #FriFotos theme is love. What I love the most about travel are cultural experiences, especially festivals and rituals.

In the above article for Moon.com, I tell the story of my first time “dancing under the shed” to Garifuna drums on the eve of Settlement Day, in Dangriga, Belize.

This post is part of a month-long series of articles by various Moon guidebook authors on their favorite end-of-year celebrations in their >> Continue reading »

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The warm faces of Guadeloupe #Frifotos

This week’s FriFotos theme is “Thanks.”

While I could produce an endless photo essay on the blessings that have come my way in 2013, I chose to focus on one of my recent moments of gratitude: the warm welcome I received while visiting Guadeloupe Islands this month.

Long after the stunning scenery, delicious meals and adventure activities, it’s the faces I remember. The stories, the hospitality, the smiles.

If Jamaicans set the bar for friendliness in the English-speaking Caribbean, Guadeloupeans do so for the French side. I was struck by how polite and welcoming the people are on this French yet African-spirited archipelago, even beyond the service in restaurants or the constant “bonjour” I received when passing a stranger, from urban areas to rainforest trails.

It’s one of the main reasons I felt like returning.

Below are just a handful of the wonderful souls who made my trip that much more memorable, from scheduled to serendipitous encounters.

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Have you ever set foot in a market anywhere in the Caribbean where the first thing a vendor did was smile and invite you to “come, take pictures”? And that “you have a nice camera, might as well use it”? Unobtrusive and charming, they were as curious >> Continue reading »

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