Category: North America

I am short on time. I have to be in New York in only four days for my flight back home. In fact, I should not visit Canada at all but I want to have a short peak over the border. Better to get a quick impression than not getting any impression at all. I visit beautiful Toronto (skyscrapers always make me happy) and Niagara Falls (not bad) before heading back to the US. I also have to endure a moment of despair. […]

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The United Nations has its headquarter in New York. It has extraterritoriality status, meaning it is not ruled by the laws of the United States. In a smart move, the famously rich Rockefeller Family had gifted the building site. Proximity is influence. The headquarters is a joint design of a group of architects based on two competing proposals by the French architect Le Corbusier and the Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer. […]

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Because of trouble with the bus crossing from Mexico to the US, I end up crossing the Mexico-US border on foot in the middle of the night in one of the most crime-ridden areas on earth. Two border guards await me. One takes care of my passport and the other one wants to see my bag. I keep my attention with the one with my bag. I get my passport back, welcome to the United States, you are done. I ask if he has stamped my passport, it is more a rhetorical question but the answer is a surprise: […]

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As we leave the boat in Chetumal we are told to put all our bags on the ground in one line. The dog comes and sniffs around, searching for drugs. No results. I spend too much time visiting Valladolid, the Cenotes (sinkhole lakes) of Zaci and X-Canché and the Maya ruins of Ek Balam so I have to cancel my planned visit of the famous Chichén Itzá. Just no time. On to Mérida. […]

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