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Off to Cuba

March 17th, 2017 · Comments Off on Off to Cuba · Uncategorized

Column 1 Column 2 Tomorrow I am off to Cuba with my wife Gayle, my children Benjamin and Ros, and their two lovely kids, Jonah, 4, and Noah, 2. We will be in Cayo Coco at the same Pestana resort we visited last year with a different set of kids. So, from the travel medicine […]

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The telephone and me

January 8th, 2016 · Comments Off on The telephone and me · Uncategorized

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call (albeit to the next room) to his assistant Thomas Watson. The first words spoken were ” Mr. Watson …come here. I want you“. We have come a long way since then. We can call from our cell phone (even better than Maxwell Smart’s […]

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Fidel and me

December 31st, 2015 · Comments Off on Fidel and me · Uncategorized

Not much beats enjoying Cuba while watching your grandchildren swim, build sandcastles, learn salsa, snorkel and sail the turquoise ocean on a catamaran. Playing crazy 8s in the lobby bar and practicing on their Baby Grand also hit the spot. We stayed at the Pestana Resort in Cayo Coco. It was a twenty minute, not […]

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Cuba and me

December 18th, 2015 · Comments Off on Cuba and me · Uncategorized

Many of my friends and patients say “I need to get to Cuba before the Americans ruin it”. In that spirit, though I am not so pessimistic about future American influence, I am returning to Cuba next week. This will be my fourth trip there. Twice, I have been to Havana and close by beaches […]

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Odds and Ends

March 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off on Odds and Ends · Uncategorized

Well apologies are due for not writing for some time. Life seems to have gotten in the way! I was shaken yesterday when one of my long time patients arrived in my office wearing a neck brace.  A week earlier the reports of his neck surgery had emerged from my fax machine. So, it turns […]

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love in the time of Cuba, Castro and now cholera!

July 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on love in the time of Cuba, Castro and now cholera! · Uncategorized

I used to have a travel rule that I only visited a given destination once. But over the years, I have repeatedly broken this rule, by visiting Ghana twice, Haiti three times, Guatemala twice, and Cuba most recently for a third time. Granted each repeat trip does not always involve the same itinerary, the same […]

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smiles

March 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on smiles · Uncategorized

This week is March Break, so things in The Travel Clinic have slowed down for the moment. I am often asked what is the most important thing to take along when you travel. Is it Imodium? Cipro? Insect repellent? Chargers galore? Baby powder? Your Swiss Army Knife? Aside from health insurance, I think that the […]

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Cuba To Do List

February 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Cuba To Do List · Uncategorized

Just back from a week in Cuba with my son Michael. No diarrhea, jet lag, STIs, dengue or anything else of note. So here are Ten Things To Do In Cuba. 1. Walk around Havana, or Habana …especially Old Havana, or Habana Viejo. It is full of life, colour, music and smells. 2. Try a […]

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Castro cramps

January 21st, 2012 · Comments Off on Castro cramps · Uncategorized

The news is just starting to seep in about a few planeloads returning from Cuba, Holguin to be more specific, full of sunburned Canadians with vomiting and diarrhea. While this story would always be of interest to me, it is even more exciting as I take off for Cuba with my son, Michael, of The […]

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