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Travel fails: mistakes, mishaps and embarrassment on the road

At lunch today I was discussing with a colleague travel mistakes, mishaps and/or embarrassments while on the road. One that I can vividly remember is staying at a hotel in Venezuela and confusing the owner for the restaurant waiter. Later that evening, when the owner clarified he was the “owner not the waiter” I laughed thinking it was a joke. When I saw it was not a joke I felt so embarrassed and apologized for my mistake.

What travel mishaps have you experienced? The Lonely Planet published a funny article about this topic. You can read more about it at: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/blog/2013/06/22/lonely-planets-travel-fails-mistakes-mishaps-and-embarrassment-on-the-road/#ixzz2cXMIgsxt

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Mount Roraima- Venezuela’s Lost World

Looking for a top trekking expedition in South America? How about trekking Mt. Roraima- where Arthur Conan Doyle placed his 1912 story “The Lost World,” about scientists attacked by dinosaurs and ape men in a land cut off from the rest of the world? This flat-topped mountain, 9,200 feet tall, is encircled by cliffs that shoot straight up 1,300 feet or more. In Doyle’s book, nothing can climb to the top, and nothing can climb down however this is not true! Explore the wonders of this magnificent Tepuy in a six-day trek. When you return you will feel that for once, the word “awesome” is no cliche. Our Roraima Trek & Angel Fall Expedition is a tour to consider!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Views from Venezuela: The San Juan Festival in Curiepe

Fiesta de San Juan

Fiesta de San Juan

The Festival of San Juan began yesterday in the Venezuelan town of Curiepe, Venezuela in the northeastern state of Miranda, popularly known as Barlevento.  Popular festivals in Venezuelaare a traditional form of expression through which barrio residents take the public square and surrounding blocks as a community emphasizing their common history in resistance against the slavery and oppression that brought them to the Americas.   The festivals represent a combination of African traditions and colonial Catholicism initiated and mediated through African drumming and dancing announced by a shell horn across the town. The traditional dances and drums at the festival dates to the times of slavery when slaves were given three days off at Solstice. Our intent to observe the festivals here in Venezuela is grounded in our experiences using ethnography and phenomenological methods of research as a form of resistance to non-European research modes. Read more

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Roraima & Angel Fall Trek – Jonathan’s experience

I just came back from Venezuela with Turpial Travel, and I cannot say enough good things about them. I am a pretty experienced traveler, but Venezuela provides some unique challenges that I was not prepared for. Good thing Joanne over at Turpial was already anticipating those possible issues, and took care of them beforehand. I dont think I would feel safe traveling in Venezuela without an amazingly professional team behind this trip to help me. Thank you so much to Joanne and anyone else that helped make this an outrageous adventure that I will never forget!!

Jonathan Bickoff

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