October 24, 1999 |
The window-seat passengers pointed frantically. After 2,200 miles and 5 1/2 hours above the Pacific, they had spotted land: cliffs rising to meet gentle hills peppered with volcanic rock. "Look, moai!" someone blurted. We all strained against our seat belts to see one of the super-size stone statues that make Rapa Nui, as the islanders call their home, an enigma. Why were hundreds of these monuments carved more than half a millennium ago? And who tried to destroy them?
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May 21, 2013 |
Indiana Jones, the swashbuckling fictional adventurer, would seem to have nothing on John Goddard. As a boy growing up in Los Angeles, Goddard dreamed of adventures in faraway lands and spent his life pursuing an elaborate set of goals. He wanted to climb the world's most perilous peaks, navigate its major rivers and explore its most remote regions, among many other ambitions. Goddard, an adventurer, explorer and lecturer who evidently fell only a few goals short of a boyhood list that numbered more than 100, died Friday at a Glendale hospital of complications from cancer, said his son Jeffery.
April 27, 2013 |
Whatever happened to magic realism? The question arises when dipping into "Maya's Notebook," Isabel Allende's bruising, cinematically vivid new novel. It's an exercise in gritty realism rather than the fanciful folkloricism that Allende has been known for, accurately or not, since her fictional debut, "The House of the Spirits," 30 years ago. Magic realism always was more of a publishers' marketing coinage than an apt description of the works of the so-called Latin American Boom, which looms over Spanish-language literature like Easter Island monoliths: Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez.
February 20, 2014 |
Ambergris Caye in Belize was recognized Wednesday as the world's top island in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice awards. The western Caribbean island is a dream spot where scuba divers can tour the Belize Barrier Reef and the 400-foot-deep Blue Hole filled with sea life and stalactites. And it's not all that crowded. It has "just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped that you're tripping over flip-flopped tourists," according to TripAdvisor. The rest of the 10 best islands in the world range from the familiar (Easter Island)