Mixed views on Charleston
I'm glad Alice Short highlighted the most troubling aspect of visiting Charleston, S.C., in her cover article ["In a New Light," April 13].
What is on the surface one of America's finest historic towns was built and maintained by enslaved African Americans whose history is mostly hidden and unspoken, while the Confederate past is celebrated.
The only thing that "saved" our stay in Charleston was Alphonso Brown's wonderful Gullah Tour (www.gullahtours.com) that explores and celebrates the culture of those black Charlestonians who were so brutally treated in such an outwardly genteel place yet maintained their rich culture.
It's a shame these folks remain disrespected by a city that still largely fails to confront its ugly past directly and honestly (much like our nation as a whole).
Charleston is a wonderful city, and I found Short's articles quite good, although I do have a nit. The Old Slave Mart museum had "almost no...
Justin Rubin will share stories and advice about traveling to Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India and Nepal. Topics include how to survive being held hostage by an orangutan and the proper way to drink cobra blood.
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.
Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.
Hostelling International will conduct a workshop for those interested in exploring Europe by rail. Topics include Eurail passes and classes of service.
When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.
Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (310) 393-9913, Ext. 3104.
Hear Tyler Armstrong tell his story of setting the world record on Dec. 24, 2013, at the age of 9, as the youngest person to climb Argentina's 22,841-foot Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western and Southern hemispheres.
When, where:7 p.m. Wednesday...
To top off your next trip to Nashville, I recommend Music City Tippler, a midtown Cheers-like pub, as a must visit. It offers a 100-year-old bar, music played on a 120-year-old barn wood stage and more, while featuring outstanding classic cocktails, craft beers and eclectic wines. Truly an upbeat time for all, and when I left later in the evening, everybody knew my name. Cheers!
Music City Tippler, 1922 Adelicia St.; (615) 457-3406, http://www.musiccitytippler.com.