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Marigot Bay, Saint Martin

Beautiful day at the bay, with boats out in the lagoon.  Marigot is located on the west coast of St. Martin, the French side of the island. A few steps away from this beautiful bay is one of the most famous attractions near the bay is the Marigot Market, typically like your flea markets with open...

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Language Barriers, Ever

Language barrier is one of the biggest challenges in traveling, but it also provides some of the funniest and most unforgettable experiences anywhere you go. One time I joined a group of strangers in northern Thailand for a day trip to the Great Triangle, the border between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. The trip included a...

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And more hotel tales

Time froze, and from my upside-down view, I saw a guy staring at me with his key suspended in his hand and his mouth hanging open in total shock. Everyone has hotel stories to tell, and they all vary from funny to embarrassing to unforgettable. I was staying in a hotel at the heart of...

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Hostel Tales

When you were just on the verge of sleep in a strange hostel and a stranger wakes you up and asks you if you want to join them and he was totally naked except for a towel around his waist, that’s a whole different story. I have a love-hate relationship with hotels. I’m never comfortable...

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Lost in Translation

Language is always one of the barriers you have to deal with when travelling, especially in areas where English is not widely spoken. Your troubles will start from trying to get a ride from the airport to getting around to wherever you’re going. I was in a taxi with a friend late one afternoon in...

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Mad-ventures with my camera

My camera is my most valuable partner in travel, but time and again, it leads me to a lot of misadventures. Here are my top three unforgettable moments. (Almost) Stripped at The Strip A couple of years ago, I spent a day at the Las Vegas Strip to take photos. For me, there was so...

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Trapped in the (airport) restroom

There’s a lot of things that I like about the Great Exuma, a small island which is the biggest in the Bahamas, except for one incident that makes the island stand out in my book. It was when I got locked in at the airport restroom. Exuma International Airport is very small with just a...

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Seatmates in the Skies

Seatmates in the skies are like surprise presents.   You will never know what or who you are getting until it/he/she gets there. Unless you fly with someone and you booked your seats to sit together. Each time you fly, you’re cooped in a very confined space (talk economy cabin) with hundreds of others, all of...

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Checking in mix-ups and mishaps

I like flying, but like most travelers, the checking in process at the airport is one of the aspects that I find less appealing. I just want it to be over and done with as fast and as soon as possible. I was heading to George Town, Exuma Island in the Bahamas from Nassau with a...

If travel is free, you would never see me again. But it isn’t, so….what do we do tonight?