Category Archives: Hot Climates

Travel Beginner

I wrote this little piece about my earlier travels–about an attempt to travel from Italy to Egypt and beyond.   You’ll read it on Medium Publications,  a new online platform related to Twitter, but you don’t have to write in 140 … Continue reading

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Gulangyu :: China

Gulangyu (Piano Island) lies off the eastern seaboard of China approximately 300 KM from Taiwan. It is a quiet place because no cars are allowed on the island. The nickname Piano Island reflects its shape and a nod to the … Continue reading

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Diego Rivera’s Museum – Anahuacalli

Poet-musician-artist Patti Smith writes about a concert she played at Anahuacalli. Diego Rivera muses about his museum in Diego Rivera – My Art, My Life.  An autobiography with Gladys March, The Citadel Press, New York, 1960, pp. 250-253. In this excerpt, he describes … Continue reading

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La Virgin Guadalupe: Patroness of the Americas

I first visited the shrine to La Virgin at Guadalupe on the fringes of Mexico City during the sweaty summer of 1976 with my parents. In 2006, I visited with my niece, the photographer sjlzocklein. In 2011, I started reading books … Continue reading

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In which Nellie Visits the Mount Lavinia Hotel

In which Nellie Visits the Mount Lavinia Hotel. via In which Nellie Visits the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

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Mexico City: Frida and Diego’s Houses

Frida and Diego’s Houses in Mexico City Casa Azul is a strangely moving museum — I really felt Frida’s presence, her spirit aura, ghost or something spectral.  Her white cotton embroidered dress with slight sweat stains around the neck hung on a … Continue reading

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Long Distance Walking and Upset Tummies

Medical research studies suggest that an upset tummy (gastrointestinal disorders) can arise because of intense physical activity such as many hours of hiking and walking.   Over-exercise can make you feel sick.   This is not news to most humans … Continue reading

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