A few nations are composed all of town, and a few all of country, but most contain elements of both. In Trinidad and Tobago, the two-island republic in the southernmost Caribbean, the division is neat: for city you go to Trinidad, for country to Tobago. My own preference is country, but since most flights land in Trinidad, I stopped there first.
Trinidad is the larger island, at 1,846 square miles to Tobago’s 116. Once a part... Learn more »
« Game Preserves
I’m driving through the Caprivi Strip with Greenwell Matongo, the World Wildlife Fund’s community liaison for Namibia. At my insistence, he is regaling me with stories. During his years as chief warden for the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Environment, much of his work involved settling problems between tribal community members and obstreperous wild animals: lions, leopards, and cheetahs killing livestock; elephants... Learn more »
« Return Ticket
Sometimes you return to a destination after a long interval and come away with the realization that the changes you perceive are more about you than about the destination. Once I was an intrepid backpacker who spoke mostly English. Today, I am a 60-year-old man who speaks passable Cantonese and fluent Japanese, and I like my creature comforts.
In 1980, I spent a month in Taiwan, hitchhiking from city to city. The trip was intended as a... Learn more »
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