Friday, June 21, 2024

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...

Mexico City’s charming and chill Amsterdam neighborhood.

A few miles to the southwest of the center of Mexico City is a neighborhood that started out as a race track for horses...

Taxco, the silver city on a hill.

Taxco is about 100 miles south of Mexico City, perched on the side of a mountain that became one of the invading Spaniards' most...

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...
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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...

Bang Data at the F&S Music Festival

Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse celebrated its 50th anniversary with an outdoor music festival on Addison Street last Saturday. The highlight -- for me...
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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...

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...
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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...
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, malevolent right-wing military dictatorships terrorized Argentina's intellectuals, leftists, artists, and anyone else with the sense...

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Quetzalcoatl’s temple is also worth exploring at Teotihuacan

Because he's one of my favorite gods, I particularly like the Quetzalcoatl Temple (Templo de Quetzalcoatl) at Teotihuacan, which is at the opposite end...

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...

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...

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...

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On the streets of colonial Trinidad.

Trinidad was one of the first cities established in the Caribbean by the Spanish. In 1514 -- only 22 years after Columbus first landed...

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...

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...

Che’s life commemorated in a single statue

One of the lesser-known memorials to Che Guevara in Cuba is the statue of Che and a child that's located at the provincial headquarters...