Tag Archives: Society of American Travel Writers

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I am a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

My latest post is the third from my October trip to Leipzig, Germany highlighting the 25th anniversary of the Houston-Leipzig Sister City Partnership. Earlier ones describe my thoughts about this year’s anniversary of the 1989 Peaceful Revolution ending Communism.

My busy summer traveling included a New England cruise with American Cruise Lines, Cleveland and the Lake Erie Islands, and Barbados and Antigua. I’ll be adding posts on these locations at some point.

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(Header image is my photo from St. Barth, view from the Colombier Lookout.)

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/richard-varr

http://www.amazon.com/Warming-Up-Murder-Richard-Varr/dp/141344976X

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New Zealand: Māori Performance During a Pōwhiri Ceremony

Photo by Richard Varr

Māori singers perform on November 8, 2011 during the opening pōwhiri ceremony of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) annual convention in Wellington, New Zealand.  The country’s indigenous people, Māori make up about 15 percent of New Zealand’s population. The pōwhiri ceremony is a formal Māori welcome for visitors; in this case, the American and Canadian travel writers.  An image of the traditional Māori meeting house is behind the singers.

Watch the performance: