March 2016

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What Do Cubans Think of Cuba?

There is a disbelieving – if a little uncomfortable – silence in the room. Maria, a 75-year old and life-long resident of Playa Giron, whose home we have been welcomed into for the night, has just finished describing in humbling detail her account of the day the US army invaded Cuba’s famed ‘Bay of Pigs’ […]

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Tips on Tikal and Flores, Guatemala

It’s easy enough to breeze through Flores, Guatemala’s laid-back island in the Peten province; it seems most travelers on the Guatemala circuit generally conclude that, other than the ‘must-see’ Mayan ruins of Tikal, there isn’t much else to do. But stay a few nights, and you’ll quickly realise that it’s more than a mere gateway to Guatemala’s […]

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Best Snorkeling Ever in Caye Caulker, Belize

Belize might be the oddest place I’ve ever visited. It’s a total misfit; culturally Caribbean, linguistically English (or a bizarre creole form), accepting of US dollars as legal tender, surrounded by Spanish-speaking countries and there are Chinese takeaways everywhere. Mind-boggling, but in a strangely pleasant way. Here is a country that only gained independence from […]

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