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I visited Kenya for the second time in 2012 with an Austin based non-profit “Well Aware” (wellawareworld.org) , who's mission it is to provide clean drinking water for rural Kenyans. It was a totally different experience than my first visit, when I went on a classic game viewing Safari with friends. Although we arranged a visit for some of our group to go to an orphanage and donate school and sporting supplies, we had little people to people interaction.

On a safari, it's all about the wildlife. You are a visitor in their homeland. 

Here are a few hints on how to have the best experience. 

De la Gente, the coffee coop outside Antigua, Guatemala, has installed solar panels on the roof of its dry mill in San Miguel Escobar. This is a match made in heaven. During coffee processing season there is always an abundant supply of sunshine, so they are putting it to use. Clean and green energy. 

Inn Victoria in Chester is a gem. Talk about feeling at home. We met the innkeepers Larry and Rose and later the owners Dan and Penny. Such sweethearts. The offer high tea on occasion, and you can see they are prepared. 

There was an overnight frost and the lawn was glistening in the sunshine. Great day for a walk. We went downstairs at the Old Colonial House Inn in Weston and joined other walkers for coffee in the living room. It’s a very cozy space, with overstuffed furniture draped with the owner’s quilts, a gas fireplace, cats and a dog.  Pretty charming.

See my guest blog on Nature Travel Network about traveling to Cuba. 

 

 

JB Journeys in the business of selling travel experiences to some familiar places and some off the beaten path. We get this question all the time. Is it safe?  The question covers lots of ground. Currently it's Zika. Previously it was ebola. The Paris attacks.

Obviously, we can't guarantee your safety, but we will give you as much information as exists, and let you make a decision with which you are comfortable.

  1. The sloth is the world's slowest mammal.
  2. Sloths sleep up to 20 hours per day, and are so sedentary that green algae grows on their fur. The presence of algae helps sloths camouflage themselves in trees.
  3. Most common in Central America are two-toed (Choloepus hoffmanni) and three-toed (Bradypus variegatus). You tell them apart by counting toes on their front feet. Three-toed sloth are usually cuter, with what appears an ever present smile!
  4. Sloths are incredible swimmers, using a doggie-paddle move.

In my continued interest in Cuba, I picked up The Godfather I & II, as I knew Cuba would be represented. These films were shot over 40 years ago. All the leads are famous names and got their big breaks in the Godfather series. Al Pacino is just a kid in G1 and does a great job, really growing and changing as events thrust him into leading the family. James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Robert DeNiro are all fabulous, and of these three, only Duvall seemed to break out of gangster type-casting.

Finding a starting place to talk about Cuba is difficult. I'll start with the sounds of the morning on the streets of Havana, Trinidad and Playa Girón; the cities we visited. Quiet broken by raucous rooster crowing, the squeaking of bicycle tires from pedi cabs , murmurs of Buenas from people walking to work and the street cleaners and the clip clop of horses pulling wagons. Later, the cars begin, and people talking en mass. School children dressed in the uniforms of their grade walk by.

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