Monday, September 9, 2013

South of the Pier


I got the idea for South of the Pier after a visit to Guatemala. The history of this beautiful country of warm, loving people is riddled with illegal activities that preyed on their own indigenous people.  What fueled the story was a chance encounter with an Interpol agent, and a charming man from Brussels who accompanied me on my trip home from an earlier trip to Russia.

         Without these trips and the wonderful people I have met on my many travels, none of my stories could be told. Below is quote I hold dear and have thought about often.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It