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JFK and my mom both would have turned 100 this week: how much has changed, how much has not

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born 100 years ago this Monday and my mother, Clare Wood Currie, was born 100 years ago this coming Sunday. When JFK was assassinated in 1963 – the shot that stunned a country and most of … Continue reading

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Cuba: More than just sun and beaches, there’s the lure of Havana

We finally made Cuba our destination of choice for our March Break getaway week in 2009. We were definitely playing catch-up with vast numbers of Canadians and Europeans who had been availing themselves of a burgeoning tourist industry in Cuba … Continue reading

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Cambodia: Life along the Tonlé Sap and Mekong Rivers

The travel companies that have been so successful in building a thriving river cruising industry in Europe are now expanding their offerings to new destinations, including the Mekong River in Cambodia (and Vietnam). This is 1st world travel in a … Continue reading

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Cambodia: the glory of the Angkor Empire

One of the best things about travelling is the opportunity to learn new things: things about history, geography, geology, nature, and especially about people around the world. We learned something about all of these topics on our recent trip to … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Images of Hanoi

To put the history of Hanoi in context for North Americans like me, in 2010 Hanoi celebrated the 1000th anniversary of its founding as a city! Currently the capital of Vietnam, it was the seat of the Chinese rulers starting … Continue reading

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Vietnam: moving past a legacy of occupation and repression

Back home from a fascinating trip to Vietnam and Cambodia and trying to wrap my head around all that we saw and learned. So many amazing things to see and experience: Halong Bay (Vietnam) and Angkor Wat (Cambodia) are just … Continue reading

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Haiti: There’s more to sun destinations than just sun, and sometimes it’s heartbreaking

As we watch from afar as the extraordinarily impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti gets pummeled by Hurricane Matthew, it’s hard to take in just how many forces of destruction have hit the Haitian people throughout their existence. Most recently, the … Continue reading

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