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Program 252a: Off the Grid in Mexico; Baltic Cities; Paul Theroux's Dark Star Safari

Release Date: 08-25-2012


Paul Theroux describes what a trip the length of Africa taught him, 40 years after serving with the Peace Corps in a village in Malawi. Frugal Traveler Seth Kugel tells us what it was like to spend a week in a small Mexican town he picked at random, well-off the tourist grid. Also, Neil Taylor explains how much the Baltic countries have brightened up to visitors in 20 years, since they shook off Soviet Communism.


  • Seth Kugel, Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times
  • Guidebook author Neil Taylor
  • Travel writer Paul Theroux

Related Links

  • Seth Kugel’s Frugal Traveler blog and website.
  • There is a short video, and photos, of Seth’s visit to San Juan Teitipac archived with his article at the New York Times.
  • A longer version of Seth Kugel's New York Times article about his stay in San Juan Teitipac, in Oaxaca.