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August 10, 2010

The subject of slum tourism has at least one thing in common with the crushing, appalling poverty that the slum tourists pay to gawk at. Neither is going away. The latest to weigh in on this subject, courtesy of the New York Times, is Kennedy Odede, executive director of the Shining Hope for Communi.../ ➝

August 6, 2010

First of an occasional series One of the notions that keeps a lot of black folks from traveling is that the cost puts it beyond the reach of anyone not named Gates, Buffet or Trump. I was reminded of this by a story this week by Audra E. Lord of Clutch, an e-zine for young […].../ ➝

July 31, 2010

My friend Jay Berman recently sent this letter recounting his recent experience with American Airlines. It is reprinted here with his permission. It speaks for himself: July 27, 2010 Mr. Craig S. Kreeger Senior Vice President – Customer Experience American Airlines Customer Relations P.O. Box .../ ➝

July 22, 2010

First of an occasional series introducing black travelers and their Web sites SITE: Black Backpacker Count backpacking as yet another of those things that “black folks don’t do?” Wrong again — and this blog is proof. The creator of Black Backpacker is a 20something London col.../ ➝

July 22, 2010

Don’t let the languid canals fool you. This place is 24/7 hype, swag and “oh-my-God!” It’s also one of the friendliest, most enjoyable cities in the world. Mix Venice canals with 1960s Berkeley cool. Layer on centuries of history, immigrants and visitors from everywhere, a fr.../ ➝

July 16, 2010

Dear Anne, Paid a visit to your house this morning, along with a few thousand other folks, the one where you hid for two years during the German occupation in World War 2, until one of your neighbors ratted you out to the Nazis and they shipped you all off like cattle to Bergen-Belsen. I […].../ ➝

July 15, 2010

10:03 a.m. Brussels time aboard Thalys train 9315 inbound Amsterdam Greg’s Rules of European Train Travel Rule Number 1 Scenery is clever. If you sit on the right side of the train, the most interesting and attractive scenery will be on the left — and vice versa. If you switch sides, so .../ ➝

July 13, 2010

In a country whose history is weighed down by layers of tragedy and strife, the national capital is an island floating on the possibilities that come with peace. This is not one of those cities where you’ll find yourself looking around in quiet desperation for someone who looks or sounds like .../ ➝

July 13, 2010

9:45 am Paris time aboard Thalys Train 9317 inbound Brussels Left Gare due Nord at the stroke of 9:01 a.m. The run in to Brussels — or as the French call it, Bruxelles — is one hour, 22 minutes. At these speeds, we may arrive before I finish writing this. There’s something about gr.../ ➝

July 13, 2010

6:08 pm PDT Air France 065 Boeing 777-300 Airborne just under three hours. Somewhere over Nebraska, I think. The flight left LAX 3:38 pm, long enough to see Spain win its first-ever World Cup title, a just 1-0 over the Netherlands. The Dutch fought hard — maybe a bit too hard, judging by the n.../ ➝