15 07, 2024

Traveler’s reflections on contrasts, cuisine and cultural discoveries

By |2024-07-05T02:14:48+00:00July 15th, 2024|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

I can’t say enough about how tiring it is to jump aboard an airplane at 6 a.m. and take a trip somewhere you’ve never been. I guess in an ideal world you could teleport yourself wherever on the planet you want to go, but would that be as much fun as the long lines you face in going through Customs?

5 07, 2024

Paris, France: A city I found accepting of my Black-ness

By |2024-07-05T01:01:30+00:00July 5th, 2024|Commentary, Politics, Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

PARIS, France — I had 12 hours left on my eight-day holiday in Paris, and I figured I was going to spend most of those hours sleeping as I prepared to return to The States. I almost didn’t want to go. For I discovered something about Paris that captivated me. In the hours before I was scheduled to leave, I’d

4 07, 2024

Gentrification displaces Africans in “little” Paris neighborhood

By |2024-07-07T01:11:49+00:00July 4th, 2024|Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

PARIS — I’ve long ago stopped being surprised when I see things change when perhaps they should not change. I say that after spending an afternoon in “Little Africa,” a section of “The City of Lights” that Africans staked a claim to. You visit this once-hidden gem, and you expect to lose yourself in its rich history, colorful African fashion

17 06, 2024

Traveling to all 50 states an adventure I will remember

By |2024-07-04T14:50:44+00:00June 17th, 2024|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

I won’t forget what a friend wrote me on Facebook. He heard I had visited all 50 states and said my accomplishment bordered on “outstanding.” “Congratulations!” he told me. His flattery almost led me to blush. While I don’t believe what I did in late ’21 will make me a candidate for the next Ken Burns documentary, I’ve come to

16 06, 2024

Try trains, and leave the travel to them

By |2024-07-04T15:27:32+00:00June 16th, 2024|Commentary, Travel, Uncategorized|

Two of my closest friends are world travelers. Their passports look like a bulletin board at Tri-C — stickers plastered everywhere. Now, I’ve lapped my friends in the number of countries visited, but they remain ahead of me in miles logged on trains. I plan to catch them. When I do, it won’t be because I rode the rails in

10 06, 2024

Malaysia … not a place for a Black man to feel welcomed

By |2024-06-05T21:50:28+00:00June 10th, 2024|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — I reckon the appeal of working and texting is universal, because even here, in a world-class city flush with prosperity, you’ll find Malaysians under 35 tethered to their iPhones. Perhaps I wouldn’t have been surprised had I gone to Malaysia with more research behind me. As a Black man, I played the clueless traveler; I jumped

5 06, 2024

In Soweto, poverty not necessarily a saga of unhappiness

By |2024-06-05T21:44:35+00:00June 5th, 2024|Commentary, Race, Gender and Class, Travel|

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — I had reservations about whether to go on a safari when I stepped foot in South Africa. Friends who know me well will vouch for one thing: I’m no outdoorsman. I didn’t hunt. I didn’t swim. I didn’t camp. Heck, I got lost going downtown in Cleveland, so navigating solo a place where lions, elephants

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