How I Found My Voice

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. I was dizzy; my heart, pounding. It was September 2013 and I was seated in a basement classroom at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I had taken a year off to study filmmaking…

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Is This the Next Tulum?

The first glimpse of Laguna Bacalar felt like a mirage, a flash of luminous turquoise through a haze of trees. Twenty-six miles long and just over a mile wide, the “Lake of Seven Colors” snakes through the jungle, carrying tales of Mayan origins and pirate attacks. The shifting hues, courtesy of the lagoon’s white, limestone…

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Confused in California

The 52 Places Traveler Nearing the end of his round-the-world trip, the 52 Places Traveler was confounded by the Golden State cities of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Dec. 24, 2019 ImageThe Griffith Observatory offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills stretching all the way to the coast. The whirlwind pace of my yearlong trip…

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