Aruba, Caribbean Slave History & The World Cruise: The Rest of the Story

Aruba: One Happy Island

Note: Our voyage ended early, and the last port of call was to be Aruba, but plans kept changing. See my comments and links at the end of this blog for “the rest of the story.”

Because I have visited Aruba before, I decided to share my findings and impressions as well as research regarding enslaved people of the past. 

Fun Facts

  • The island’s slogan is One Happy Island.
  • This 18 mile long island is a home for flamingos. Most are on the Renaissance Aruba Private Island. (Guests of the resort can enjoy watching them.)
  • Aruba is a gay-friendly Caribbean destination. LGBTQIA+ folks are welcome to bring their pride with them on holiday. This is not the case on several Caribbean islands, and some have laws making it illegal to be other than cis-gender and “straight.”
  • If you request a Balashi cocktail you will get a glass of water. Aruba’s drinking water is safe, and they are very proud of it. They proclaim it to be...
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Jamaica: Out of Many One People

Jamaica: Out of Many One People

My expedition ended abruptly on January 31st. The end was not COVID or health-related. I will write about the experience in more detail next week. Although we did not visit Jamaica as planned on this trip, we have visited this beautiful island over 40 times. My comments below reflect my research, many of my photos, and my experiences on earlier visits.

Jamaica is the largest English-speaking Caribbean Island and the fourth largest island in the Caribbean, following Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and Puerto Rico.

Jamaica is one of the islands of the West Indies.  The region’s name, West Indies, was given by Columbus, who, on his earlier trip across the Atlantic landing in the Bahamas, thought he had landed in India. The island had been named Xaymaca by Cubans, who also called it “the land of blessed gold”.

Columbus arrived in Jamaica in 1494 on his second voyage. He was met by the indigenous Arawak (also...

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Costa Rica: A Land of Rich History, Culture and Beauty

costa rica Jan 31, 2022

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a long and wide country nestled between Nicaragua and Panama. Due to its stable democratic government, beautiful beaches, rain forests and wildlife, it is the most visited nation in Central America. Over 30,000 Americans have retired there, and its Free Trade Zone attracts foreign business and investors.   

Costa Rica has no military. After the Civil War of 1948, it was drafted into the Costa Rica Constitution by Juan Figueres Ferrer to permanently abolish the military.  The Fuerza Pública, part of the Public Security Ministry (MSP), is the country's primary law-enforcement body.

Does this sound familiar!?! The Costa Rican Civil War was from March to 24 April 1948 (44 days). The conflict began after the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica, dominated by pro-government representatives, voted on 1 March 1948 to annul the results of the presidential elections of 8 February, alleging that the triumph of opposition...

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Culture Expedition 2022: Mexico

mexico Jan 24, 2022


The first stop on our journey was to Progreso (Chichen Izta) and Cozumel Mexico, two fascinating locations to learn about the Maya culture. Because we were fortunate to have visited Chichen Itza thirty years ago - yes, we climbed the 91 steps to the top, which is no longer allowed due to erosion, we chose to explore Mayan Ruins on the island of Cozumel instead.

As we ventured to the ruins we saw alligators sunning, and iguana everywhere. We’re told iguana really does taste like chicken.

What follows are my photos, videos and observations.


Cozumel Fun Facts

Thanks to the work of Jacque Cousteau and the reach of television, Cozumel is a major attraction for scuba divers and other marine life enthusiasts. In 1961, Cousteau declared it one of the best scuba sites in the world. The Mesoamerican Reef system, at 600 miles in length, is the second largest on earth. Cozumel has one town, San Miguel de Cozumel, and 88,000 permanent residents. The rest of this 29-mile by...

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Over the coming months, I will journal my observations and experiences, as I visit 38 countries around the world.

I will explore how the transatlantic slave trade was manifested throughout the Caribbean and Europe from an economic, and cultural perspective. I hope to uncover how foods, finances, family, and governance informs beliefs and biases. 

Although the intention is to provide blog posts that inform in a unique way, it is not intended to be a technical paper (formerly called white papers) on DEI&B. Through photos and videos, I hope I will bring smiles as well as deepened thought to your cultural intelligence journey as I learn as well. 

The blogs will be posted approximately every seven days depending on where my journey takes me. So mark your reminders to look for the posts, and add comments and share. 

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