Saturday, February 16, 2019
Photo of dog wearing a large printed name tag on her collar, seated on sidewalk in front of building.

Don’t hurt me. I’m fixed.

In Havana, there are so many unsterilized dogs and cats that some people try to kill them just to try to keep down their...

Sunday on Reforma with no cars

On Sundays, Mexico City's usually chaotic Paseo de Reforma is closed to automobiles and opened to bicycles, skaters, and pedestrians. It's a transformation that...

Tango is a lot more than a dance

Tango is Buenos Aires. Tango is Argentina. Tango was born in the slums of turn-of-the-20th-century Buenos Aires, where weary laborers translated their day-to-day burden...

Signs of impending change?

Among the eight or more major "March for our Lives" demonstrations around the East Bay on March 24, the gathering in Oakland attracted several...
Photo of sidewalk marker, made of colored tiles in a line under a brown background with white letters.

These crude markers honor Argentinian heroes.

If you pay attention to the sidewalk as you wander the streets of Buenos Aires, you're likely to spot numerous colorfully tiled markers that...

Fandango at the Bulb!

The members of Son de la Bahia, a son jarocho community based in the East Bay, gathered on the Albany bulb to host a...
Photo of wide shot of train entering subway station interior, with one large wall painted with scenes of soccer star Lionel Messi.

Leo has an entire subway station dedicated to him

The city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, loves Lionel Messi so much that they have dedicated one of their subway stations to him. The Jose...
Photo of cat walking across the sidewalk into the street.

Cuba is in love with its cats.

One thing you'll notice if you travel to Cuba is that Cubans like cats. Cats freely roam the streets throughout the day and night,...
Photo of tall clock tower in front of market building.

Puebla’s flavorful colonial center

Known for its flavorful food, the architecture of Puebla's historic center also has a wide variety of flavors. The city was founded in 1531 by...
Photo taken straight up from under an interior dome in old church.

Puebla’s cathedral has the tallest bell towers in Mexico

Construction of the Cathedral of Puebla started in 1557 and was not completed for another 211 years. When it was finally finished in 1690,...

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Photo of small Maya pyramid with large tree growing out of the top.

The falling rocks of Lubaantun.

Although the ruins at Lubaantun aren't a secret, they're not nearly as well known as those at Xunantunich, Lamanai, or Altun Ha because they're...

The Kiosco Morisco of Mexico City

Although its appearance would make one think that it was originally designed and built by a North African country and gifted to Mexico, the...

The Soumaya is a visual treat, inside and out

Mexico City's Museo Soumaya building at Plaza Carso is one of those buildings that I never get tired of looking at. The building is...
Photo of railroad tracks curving through a cut in a snow-covered mountainside.

Riding the California Zephyr into a blizzard

I love the history of the construction of the original railroad route through the Sierras from Sacramento to Reno and I have always wanted...
Photo of three women performing an interpretive dance in front of a large mural.

Bailando en las Calles (Dancing in the streets)

On Sunday, May 6, Brava! for Women in the Arts and Precita Eyes Muralists presented their sixth annual "Baile en la Calle: The Mural...
Photo of 1950s American car parked in front of large statue of Che Guevara.

Che Guevara’s Mausoleum in Santa Clara

Just outside of the city of Santa Clara, Cuba, the mausoleum of Che Guevara attracts travelers, mourners, and revolutionaries from around the world. Che's...
Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo on their regular Thursday demonstration.

We should all honor and emulate the mothers of Plaza de Mayo

During the decade or so between 1976 and 1983, when a malevolent right-wing military dictatorship terrorized Argentina's intellectuals, leftists, artists, and anyone else with...
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A beautiful evening in the Chichen Itza archaeological zone

Chichen Itzá is an easy drive of only about two-and-a-half hours from Cancun, which is one of Mexico's primary tourist destinations. That proximity contributes...