Author Archives: Ken

Carnaval de Belize

Our trip to Belize happened to coincide with Carnaval. All right, actually, we specifically booked it so we’d be in San Pedro on Fat Tuesday. Carnaval in a Latin America? You’re probably thinking of music, dancing, and drag queens. Right … Continue reading

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Belizians Beaneath the Sea

With its mucky beaches and mangy stray dogs, San Pedro wasn’t put on this earth for tourists seeking pristine white sands. This place is all about diving. Along the beach, just about every third building houses a dive operation- some … Continue reading

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La Isla Bonita

“I had a dream of San Pedro…” Yup, this is that San Pedro, the one Madonna dreamed about in 1987. We split our Belize trip down the middle, opting to spend half our time on the mainland (Mayan ruins!) and … Continue reading

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Road to Ruins

You can check out Cahal Pech and Xunantunich and be back in your hammock sipping a Cuba libre by lunchtime. Visiting Caracol, on the other hand, takes commitment. Getting there is half the fun. If your idea of fun is … Continue reading

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Belize Bound

Preparing for our two-week trip to Belize involved a new wrinkle that we haven’t encountered in years. What to do with the dog. Meet Cosmo! He’s a rescue mutt who joined our family last fall, and this is our first … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Belize

Whew! The blizzard of Prague/Dresden posts from the past is at an end, and we’re beginning a new adventure in the present: Karen and I are seeking warmer climes for two weeks in Belize. As I finish packing, it strikes … Continue reading

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Guten Morgen, Dresden, Gute Nacht

On my last day in Dresden, I hit the bricks early to experience the city waking up. Trams rolled down nearly-empty streets as the sun emerged from behind majestic buildings. After snapping photos for a while, I found a park … Continue reading

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East Germany Under Glass

Another former Eastern Bloc city, another museum full of Socialist detritus. More elaborate than the Museum of Communism in Prague, Dresden’s DDR Museum occupies several floors in an appropriately stark building. There are rooms full of artifacts and walls full … Continue reading

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Seeking Slaughterhouse-Five

To fans of Kurt Vonnegut (like me), Dresden is synonymous with his novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Or the Children’s Crusade. During World War II, Vonnegut and his fellow prisoners of war hid in the basement of a slaughterhouse while the Allies bombed … Continue reading

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Fall and Rise of the Frauenkirche

If it were February of 1945, this street would be on fire. At that point in World War II, the German army was retreating but had not yet surrendered, and the Allies were looking for ways to hasten the end … Continue reading

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