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February 28, 2011

With higher fuel costs poised to launch airfares into the stratosphere, it behooves us all to keep an eye on those little fare wars that break out periodically among the airlines. And our friends in cyberspace are pointing out a few of them to us today. Meanwhile, one airline wants to gamble on the .../ ➝

February 27, 2011

The good, bad and bizarre from the world’s best travel media AIRFARES — TO INFINITY, AND BEYOND? If you’re planning on traveling anywhere distant this year, especially if it involves flying, you need to be looking into purchasing your air tickets now, regardless of when you actuall.../ ➝

February 25, 2011

A traveler’s random musings about words, culture and Alzheimer’s disease. And yes, they’re all connected. Language is a lot on my mind these days. Coming back from my recent journey to West Africa, my second-most cherished souvenir is a Wolof-English dictionary. (The most cherished.../ ➝

February 23, 2011

I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse…and I hope you don’t! One of the lingering issues with the way WordPress has set up this blogging format is the difficulty in posting comments. Over the last several months, I’ve heard the frustration from many of you. Be.../ ➝

February 23, 2011

The Aloft Hotel brings 124 stylish new rooms to the national capital of Black America. If this be gentrification, then let us make the most of it. The first new hotel in Harlem in more than 40 years is open for business. The Aloft Hotel, a member of the Starwood chain, chose February — Black [.../ ➝

February 23, 2011

The good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media Okay, my West African sojourn is over. Time to get back to business. And I’m not the only one who’s back. The Amazing Race, easily one of the most successful of all reality TV series, is back for another round-the-world round.../ ➝

February 19, 2011

Some folks bring home T-shirts from their travels. I came home from West Africa with a new identity and two new names. Of all the unexpected things that happened to me on my West Africa trip, this was perhaps the most remarkable. I was part of a group from the United States attending the Internation.../ ➝

February 15, 2011

If you’ve never been to Africa before, especially if you’re a black American, West Africa may be the best region to get your introduction to the Mother Continent. That’s what I did, in the Gambia. And if you’ve been keeping up with the West Africa Journal I posted after my tr.../ ➝

February 15, 2011

The futampaf will be a day of dust, dance and sacrifice. The man who leaves here will be far different from the one who came. The heat of the Gambian dry season is in full force in the village of Kanilai as we wait for the arrival of President Yahya Y.J.J. Jammeh in Kanilai to […].../ ➝

February 14, 2011

After the way we were received in Kanilai for the start of the futampaf, I couldn’t imagine anything to top that. I hope never to be that wrong again. The village of Kanilai awoke to a cool sunrise. We were shuttled to the Sindola Safari Lodge for breakfast before being dropped back into the villa.../ ➝