Vancouver, BC

Editor’s note: Vancouver is seriously one of the most wonderful places in the world. My guide, which you can see here, covers some of the same places as this beautiful piece by Sam Spector, although he fills in some important gaps. This is one of the reasons I love having other voices on The Royal…

Life on the Border

Two children are born on the same day, and live two hundred feet from each other. They speak the same language, and are maybe even related going back a few generations. And yet, these two children will have completely different lives. One will have opportunities the other cannot even dream of. And this is all…

A Day in Juarez from El Paso

“Call me as soon as you’re back across the border,” said my mother. “Text me every hour,” said my girlfriend. “Just don’t go to Juarez. It’s not safe,” said pretty much everyone I told of my plan to cross the border from El Paso for a day. However, despite all the trepidation from both my…

Antigua, Guatemala

Editor’s note: like Sam, I also loved Antigua so much that I keep looking for a good time to go back, even after spending nearly two weeks there. You can read about my experience here. For more of Sam’s adventures, click here to visit his index page. When I travel to Latin America, some of…

The Cocktails of Havana

Editor’s note: Sam Spector, our incredible traveling rabbi here at The Royal Tour, never does anything halfway. While I wrote about a single cocktail in Puerto Rico, here he runs down the spectrum of some of Cuba’s most famous libations. Enjoy, and click here to read the rest of Sam’s amazing writing! This past week,…

Dushi Curacao

Sunset at Marichi Beach in Willemstad’s Punda district is my evening ritual. A fifteen minute walk from my rental apartment in Otrobanda takes me across the Queen Emma Bridge and past the colorful historic buildings to this urban oasis, just a small patch of sand between a couple of parking lots fronting an equally small…

The Best Food of Curacao

Distinctly Dutch, yet decidedly Caribbean, Curacao sits in a fascinating area geographically and culinarily. For most, a beautiful island like this would not seem to be a gastronomic destination, and yet that is just what it is. The food - and drinks, one must not forget the drinks - is fantastic here, and this guide…