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  • Visiting Prague In March

    Spoiler: the weather is better than you’d assume.

  • Fog (Not Smog) Covered Xiamen, and it was Beautiful

    I looked out my window and said, “Oh no, not again . . . oh wait, maybe . . . . just maybe . . . could this really be fog? It was, and it was beautiful. Check out these photos of the almost mystical fog that covered Xiamen a couple of evenings ago.

  • Cross-Cultural Impasse, Or A Barbarian In Civilized China

    I try walking down the street in Xiamen with my kid when it was raining. This is against the protocols of this culture.

  • Typhoon Trami Makes Landfall But Seems Pretty Tame

    Typhoon Trami hit mainland China this morning, but it doesn’t seem to be doing much.

  • No Alcohol Sales During Hurricanes in Mexico

    TULUM, Mexico- Hurricane Rina was on its way and I attempted to prepare. I was in the coastal town of Tulum, right in the path of the ranging storm. Being a traveler, I had no windows to board up, no cars to provide shelter for, no hatches to batten down, but, knowing hurricane culture well, [...]

  • What is the Weather Like in Israel in Winter

    Q: What is the weather like in Israel in the winter? What clothing should I bring? A: As for weather in Israel in January, think autumn. Expect temperatures between 5 and 20 degrees Celsius, 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit depending on your location in the country. In the south around Eilat, the temperature will be higher, [...]

  • Landslides and Floods in Mexico

    Landslides and Floods in Mexico from Tropical Storm Matthew SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico- The rains fell for four days throughout southern Mexico. It did not fall in torrents — no cats or dogs fell from the sky here — but the rains did fall in a steady drizzle, slow, consistent, throughout four days [...]

  • Rains in Mexico from Tropical Storm

    And it rains in Mexico SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico- And it rains, and rains, and rains through the night, by morning it is still raining. Tropical storm Matthew is moving through Tabasco state — just north of Chiapas — and making its way through Mexico. In San Cristobal de las Casas, we get [...]

  • Travel to Guatemala After Agatha Tropical Storm

    Travel in Guatemala Tropical Storm Agatha FINCA TATIN, Guatemala- “I receive emails from many tourists who think that they can’t travel here in Guatemala because of Agatha,” I spoke to worker at the Finca Tatin one night over beers. He looked at me funny. I repeated my statement, reiterating the fact that Agatha was the [...]

  • Rain Cancels Appointments in Latin America

    FINCA TATIN, Guatemala- I waited for two hours in the rain for a girl once in Salango, Ecuador. She was the prettiest girl in town, we had a date. I hardly even noticed the rain that came down overhead — where I am from, Upstate New York near Lake Ontario, a mere rainy day does [...]