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June 30, 2011

For half a century, Cuba has pilloried the United States on the issue of racism, while largely denying the racial inequity and injustice on its own shores. Is Havana finally ready for an honest look in the mirror? A week ago, a document was published in Cuba that might never have seen daylight a dec.../ ➝

June 30, 2011

The United Nations adds 25 new sites to its list of priceless locations of global heritage — and five of them are in Africa. Since 1972, protecting sites around the world deemed important to the natural or cultural heritage of humanity has been one of the jobs taken on by UNESCO, the United Na.../ ➝

June 29, 2011

Are you in New Orleans this weekend? Not sure how to pass the time? You’re kidding, right. Well, just in case you’re not, here’s a little help. Given its well-deserved reputation as the non-stop eating, drinking and partying-hearty capital of planet Earth, it’s hard to imagin.../ ➝

June 29, 2011

STATS (AM): None STATS (PM) DISTANCE: 5 mi. TIME: 28:59 AVG. SPD: 10.4 mph My very first “two-a-day” training, morning and evening rides around the Miramar Reservoir. The AM ride AM conditions were custom-made. Sunny, light breeze. No cars on the loop around the lake. And nary a pop, a c.../ ➝

June 28, 2011

STATS: None After a much longer layoff than I ever intend to allow again, Big Lizard and I returned to Miramar Reservoir to do our training loops. The result: some pleasant surprises. First, I had lost none of the wee little bit of added endurance I’d built up from the previous rides. Still not re.../ ➝

June 27, 2011

How did I get hooked on travel so young? Blame it on an Egyptian cinematographer and a young black comic from Philadelphia. There’s a movie out called “Midnight in Paris” whose biggest star is, well…Paris. Such is the power of place that some cities possess. Which got me thinking about .../ ➝

June 26, 2011

For those of you mourning the inexplicable demise of the Flip Video camera, good news. You’ll still be able to buy your pocket-sized little video wonder, right here on IBIT! That’s right. Flip Video cams will be available for purchase at the IBIT Online Store. The Flip Video is a compact.../ ➝

June 26, 2011

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media IN THE PRESENCE OF THE PAST Have you ever stood in a place where history happened, history that touches you directly? If not, you owe it to yourself to do that at least once in your life. When history […].../ ➝

June 25, 2011

One of an occasional series The world’s fastest growing economy belongs to the country that gave birth to post-colonial Africa — a West African nation without ethnic strife, where Christians and Muslims get along and people turn recycled glass into internationally recognized and wearable.../ ➝

June 24, 2011

Two men with underwear issues board airliners. One gets to fly to his destination. The other gets taken to jail. Both incidents have some common threads, so to speak — one of them sadly familiar. You may want to send your kids out of the room before reading this one. US Airways find itself in .../ ➝