Read - Watch - Listen

📚 The Rum Diary

by Hunter S. Thompson, Read January 2020

 

As a big fan of rum in general, how could i not look into a book with this title? Add that it was written by Hunter S Thompson my curiosity was peaked. 
Soon after beginning the audiobook I was immediately sucked into the story which follows a young writer and several loathing drunks through their loosely supervised, nostalgic lives, hanging out in the Carribean in the early 1960's. An easy and entertaining read.

📚 Life 3.0

by Max Tegmark, Read October 2019

I was watching the Bill Gates documentary "Inside Bill's Brain", Fantastic show by the way. He carries a bag of books around with him as he is an avid reader. One of the books in his bag at the time was life 3.0. It's a story about artificial intelligence and covers some fantastic information about current abilities and what the future may hold, including the risks and benefits. I'll admit that I didn't listen to the entire audiobook, the lengthy introduction and prelude provided enlightening insight to what's possible with AI up through chapter 1 then it gets way to technically deep for me. It's amazing to see AI evolve and follow some of the paths covered in this read.

🎬 Long Way Round

A British documentary series every adventure motorcyclist should see! Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman plan and ride a grueling quest to motorbike from London to New York going east through Europe, Asia and then Alaska, Canada and the US.

🎬 The Motorcycle Diaries

Watched this after traveling to Cuba in early 2017. Based on a true life story, The Motorcycle Diaries is an inspiring and thrilling adventure that traces the youthful origins of a revolutionary spirit. The film follows two daring friends, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Alberto Granado, who hop on the back of a beat-up motorcycle for a breathtaking and exciting road trip across Latin America. 

📚 Our Woman in Havana:

 

A Diplomat's Chronicle of America's Long Struggle with Castro's Cuba 
 
Our Woman in Havana chronicles the past several decades of US-Cuba relations from the bird’s-eye view of State Department veteran and longtime Cuba hand Vicki Huddleston, the top US diplomat in Havana under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. After the US embassy in Havana was closed in 1961, relations between the two countries broke off. A thaw came in 1977, with the opening of a de facto embassy in Havana, the US Interests Section, where Huddleston would later serve. In her compelling memoir of a diplomat at work, she tells gripping stories of face-to-face encounters with Fidel Castro and the initiatives she undertook.

📚 The Reckoning

by John Grisham, Read Nov/Dec 2019 

 

Respected Mississippi war hero and Cotton farmer who shot the local pastor in cold-blooded murder, the story of Pete Banning unfolds as he is arrested and offers no defense of information as to why he committed the crime. Typical twists and turns revealed typical of a Grishman story doesn't reveal the truths until the very end.  

🎬 Inside Bill's Brain

Netflix, Watched October 2019

 

A fascinating documentary about Bill, his accomplishments, abilities and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundations current projects. Youll learn about the foundations' priorities and some amazing projects that they are driving. Anything they get behind (fund) must be able to become self-sufficient, sort of the teach a man to fish mantra. Learn about groundbreaking projects like improving sewage conditions in developing countries and a cleaner, safer form of nuclear power

🎬 Long Way Down

A follow up to their London to New York adventure. This time with Ewan and Charlie on their adventure bikes from John O'Groats in Scotland to the tip of Africa. 
Their time spent traveling through Africa leaves you longing to travel through the country to see the spectacular landscape, Amazing wildlife and to experience the many different cultures on the continent

🎬 PAPA - Hemingway in Cuba

You can get a flavor of revolutionary Cuba and what Hemingway experienced by watching the Movie PAPA-HEMINGWAY in CUBA... In 1959, young journalist Ed Myers (a character representing Petitclerc) is working for a Miami newspaper. He wants to be a writer and had long admired Ernest Hemingway, then living in Cuba. Myers writes to Hemingway and is surprised when he answers, inviting the journalist to Cuba to go fishing with him. While the Cuban Revolution comes to a boil around them, Hemingway advises Myers on his writing. Myers continues to write articles for his newspaper, reporting on the Revolution.

📚 The 47 Best Travel Films of All Time

by CNT EDITORS May 22, 2019

 

Some of my favorites made the list along with a few must-see additions
 
It's arguable that, more than any other piece of pop-culture ephemera, movies have the power to transport—to sweep you away on a European adventure (Before Sunrise), cross an African desert (Out of Africa), even send you to the never-before-seen Paradise Falls (Up). These 47 films are especially captivating, with well-told stories that evoke the magic (or harsh reality) of travel, and beautiful scenery that overwhelms the senses. Read on for the favorite travel movies of editors past and present—and get your Netflix queue ready.
Click Here for the story