Author - Bill Wiatrak

Flamingos on the Beach- Aruba

We’ve all seen the picture on Instagram. A pretty girl posing in turquoise water surrounded by hot pink flamingos. No clouds, a sugary white beach, and a frozen tropical drink. Ahhhhhhh…… It’s hard to believe that such a place exists in the real world, but it’s just a 2 1/2 hour flight away from Miami to reach perpetually warm Aruba...

Seismique- Houston’s New Art Experience

I’ve been curious about Houston’s newest museum since I first heard rumors about it’s opening last year. Besides Seismique’s catchy name and the few pictures I’d seen online, I wondered was it a museum or an art installation? Was it worth visiting? I had a chance to check out this unique experience this week. So what is it? A mixed-media museum featuring bigger than...

Uzbekistan- The “New Improved” Stan.

Ask any American to point out Uzbekistan on a map or tell you one random fact about it and you’ll discover most know very little or nothing about this wonderful country. The “Stans” have always been a geographical challenge with their long names and confusing images. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my travels, stereotypes are almost always completely wrong...

The Great MoHinjo-Daro Adventure

I had just arrived in Karachi when I got a message from a friend telling me about an artist I should try to meet (not far from where I was staying). Heider Ali turned out to be much more than just an artist; He had painted a Pakistani “jingle” bus that was featured in the Smithsonian and has fathered creations all over the world. He had just completed...

Traveling During 2021

Unless you were doing a road trip in the USA or visiting our amigos south of the border, there wasn’t a lot of vacation options for most of 2020. However, now, with hopes of worldwide vaccinations and international traveling slowly re-opening, people are coming out of their root cellars, looking towards the sky and wondering “what next?”. I just...

“The Story of Kwanzaa Baba”

I’m very excited about the publication of our new book “The Story of Kwanzaa Baba“. It’s a cooperation between myself and Lymell Carter Jr. and the first story to introduce some interesting original characters, recount an adventure originating in Africa and add some mythology to the Kwanzaa holiday. Kwanzaa is a 7 day African-American holiday...

Visiting The “Other” Mexico

Mexico has been one of our best friends during the pandemic. While practically every other country in the world has shut Americanos out of their borders, Mexico has welcomed gringos with open arms. They’ve spearheaded responsible tourism as well. Every plane, bus, hotel or store has a temperature checker, masks are required in public places, there are...

How “Not” to Visit Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon was on my bucket list for years and for some reason I just could never seem to get there. However, the craziness of 2020 was the perfect time to get away from the US and find some wide open COVID-free spaces in Mexico. My research didn’t turn up much information about traveling there without booking an expensive tour, so I just drove my car from...

Favorite Travel Apps and Websites

Travel has changed in the last decade as guidebooks and maps have disappeared and apps have proliferated. Apps can help you to book hotels, find the best places to visit, share your trip with others, and broadcast your adventures to the world. Besides a passport (on international trips), your phone is the single most important item you need to bring on your trip...