the americas

the americas

travel in north, central and south america and the caribbean

silver lake california and williamsburg brooklyn: two ends of a secret hipster worm-hole?

For those of you familiar with the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, you have probably taken the L train from the East Village.   On your...

smells like poutine spirit: montréal’s place in french north america

Forget waterboarding.  For someone who is trying to avoid carbohydrates, being in a city full of Poutine is quite torturous.  I know the name...

from london to the simple life in altus, arkansas

By guest blogger Fabien Reynaud. I never thought that after viewing a television program, my partner and I would end up in what at first...

a very hot latte at café de guatemala

The Guatemalans apparently like things very hot. This is particularly true of their coffee. After a morning of exploring the ruins of Tikal, near...

trinidad’s pitch lake: the largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world

Every country has its natural tourist attractions such as the Grand Canyon in the U.S., Iguaçu Falls in Argentina and Brazil, Mount Kilimanjaro in...

hurricane irene update: manhattan island floods in advance of the real power of the...

As of 9:30am Eastern Standard Time, with Hurricane Irene showing the very beginnings of its power, New York City is already inundated, and Manhattan...

100 years ago I was the tallest building in the world

Visitors to New York City have 5,868 high rises to choose from when they are walking the city and looking up for inspiration. Among...

290 years ago today the west discovered easter island

On Easter Sunday in 1722, the European discovery of what is now called "Easter Island" by a Dutch sailing vessel became history. Now under...

a visit to lake titicaca – do not steal, do not lie, do not...

Lake Titicaca, a name that made all of us giggle as children, is located in South America in between Peru and Bolivia. It is...

a hidden terrace of nineteenth century row houses

While much of Manhattan’s past architectural glory was lost to “progress” prior to the creation of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965...

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