Have you ever wondered where school buses end up after they retire from the peaceful suburban streets of their American homeland? Many of them end up not in the local junkyard, as one may assume, but are sold off and driven down to Central America, where they undergo a radical transformation and begin new lives […]

I’ve always had a fascination with snakes. As one of humanity’s most feared and reviled creatures, snakes get a bad rap, and I suppose I’ve always like to root for the underdog. As a child, whenever I lifted a rock in my backyard and found not the usual insect, frog, or toad, but the rare […]

The first time I heard about Tepito was on a late-night taxi ride to Mexico City’s northern bus station on the way to one of the many trips that I took while I lived in that sprawling city. One of the first things tourists are told when they visit Mexico City (or DF, for Distrito […]

It was inevitable – Outside The Box Travel had to venture to The Box at one point or another. But don’t be fooled by the name, The Box is definitely an outside-the-box nightlife venue. When people ask me to describe The Box, I usually sum it up as a nightclub with an erotic burlesque cabaret […]

Every winter, millions of butterflies descend upon the central state of Michoacán in Mexico as part of their enormous migration which spans from Canada to Mexico. It is one of the most incredible and mysterious migrations of the animal kingdom, as the huge journey lasts several generations of the short-lived monarchs and scientists have so […]

La Biennale di Venezia, sometimes referred to as the Olympics of Art, is a contemporary art fair that occurs every two years during the summer in Venice, Italy. A number of countries are represented by various pavilions, with awards given to the best displays, hence the Olympics comparison. The Biennale is easily one of the […]

One of my favorite places in Paris is the Parc de Bagatelle, a gated park hidden away deep in the Bois de Boulogne on the west side of the city. I like it especially because it’s almost completely free of tourists, which is always nice to find in such a city. The park is a […]