Posts in category "travel"

El Camino: Watching the World Cup in the Texas Panhandle

El Camino: Watching the World Cup in the Texas Panhandle
On the road today, we had one goal. At 2 p.m. central we would stop to watch the Brazil vs. Mexico World Cup soccer game. We drove outside of Dallas and into northwest Texas along U.S. Route 83. We planned to make it to Oklahoma or Kansas by evening. I calculated that we could travel... Read more »

El Camino: Bristol, a border city

El Camino: Bristol, a border city
Bristol is not what you expect when you think of a border city. You walk down the town center, or State Street, and it separates Virginia from Tennessee. It’s known as the birthplace of country music. In 1927, Victor Peer, a record producer with the Victor Talking Machine Company, set up a temporary recording studio.... Read more »

El Camino: Bourbon in his blood

El Camino: Bourbon in his blood
Freddie Johnson grew up walking the grounds of Buffalo Trace, America’s oldest bourbon distillery, located north of Frankfort, Kentucky. His grandfather worked at the distillery more than 50 years. And his father worked there more than 40 years. He remembers being 5 years old and walking into the warehouses to see the stacks of bourbon... Read more »
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El Camino: Road trip across America

El Camino: Road trip across America
Before I take a trip, I always make sure I have a pendant of the Virgin Mary in my suitcase. I pinned her inside my orange rolling suitcase as we prepared to leave Chicago for a cross-country road trip. I also said a Hail Mary. My husband and I are spending our summer vacation on... Read more »

Apocalypse Not! The Maya live on in Mexico

Apocalypse Not! The Maya live on in Mexico
If you are reading this, the world hasn’t ended. It’s 12-21-12 and some thought the Mayans predicted the end of the world for this day. But according to experts it actually meant the end of a calendar and the beginning of a new one called a baktun, or 144,000 days. In Mexico, where I am... Read more »

Finding Mexican food .... in Rome

Tex-Mex menu in Rome I’m in Italy for the next five weeks so I will be keeping tabs on news at home and abroad. But whenever I go to a new country I always look to see if I can find a sign of Mexican culture. And here along the Tiber River in Rome I... Read more »
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Mexico bus travel marred by killings

I’ve ridden the bus all over Mexico. I’ve taken a bus down the curvy roads of Oaxaca, making me so dizzy that I could barely feel my feet beneath me after a six- hour ride. I’ve ridden along the coast of Jalisco going from one beach town to another. And I’ve taken the bus from... Read more »

Travels in Mexico: Thrifty, topes and mordidas

If you’ve spent any time traveling around Mexico, you should be familiar with the word - topes. Those are speed bumps. And keep reading because I will get to a story of how topes got us in trouble with the police. Topes come in a variety of shapes and sizes from tiny bumps about the... Read more »

Murder of Chicago-based diplomat Jaime Almonte Borja makes me question my own safety as I travel in Mexico

I’ve been off the radar the last week or so driving around Mexico. Puerto Vallarta. Photo by Teresa Puente. I celebrated New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta where I watched fireworks on the beach. I visited some beach towns north of there called Sayulita and Chacala and also travelled to the Costa Alegre or the... Read more »
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Finding faith on Day of the Dead

Photo by Mark Butkus Once I drove through Michoacan, Mexico, where night vigils in the cemeteries lit up the town. I took the road around Lake Patzcuaro stopping where flowers and candles decorated the graves. In one home, a life-size altar had been built and family members greeted neighbors and strangers alike with food and... Read more »