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Courtney Rappaport LaCroix  ✈️ 100+ countries. 💼 Travel for a living. 📚University of Cambridge. ✏️Writer.

Flying two evacuated cats back to Palm Beach:
At 0400, I put their carriers in the backseat of a #lyft.
Twenty minutes into our drive, an escaped kitty leaps into the driver's lap. The driver speaks *just enough* English to articulate his paralyzing fear of cats. The cat is equally afraid of him, and jumps down to the pedals. Now I'm in this man's crotch, apologizing profusely, coaxing a crying kitty who is stuck under the brake, as we fly down the highway at 80 mph.
Ok. I get the cat in his carrier as we get to the airport. I set him down at the check in (to see how he got out). The moment his carrier touches the ground, kitty leaps out, and runs through the terminal. I drop everything and run through the airport, screaming, 'come back! I have treats! LET ME LOVE YOU!' Kitty comes across a dog, leaps five feet in the air, and I grab him.
Meanwhile, other kitty is jealous, and screaming her head off. Agents ask me if she's injured, but I ignore them and yell at the cat carrier. "YES, FLUFFY, I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU'RE DISSATISFIED. BUT I SAID THAT I'D GET YOU THERE, NOT THAT I'D GET YOU THERE HAPPY." I stuff boy kitty in his bag, and cradle it to my chest.
I get to TSA at 0530, covered in dirt, sweat, and blood, and muttering to a bag that I refuse to put down.
TSA tells me to take the cats out and carry them, together, through the X-Ray.
I carry their fat, #furry butts through the X-Ray.
For a moment, all is well. Then, boy kitty swipes my face, and bolts for the TSA offices.

Kitty hides behind a TSA file cabinet. Two officers - big, tough men - get on their hands and knees making baby voices. Kitty's unamused.
I get the screaming cats in their carriers, and hold them in by their their heads (like I'm trying to drown them) for the 3 hour flight.
Thankfully #americanairlines #firstclass has #glenlivet - even if flight attendants are judgy at 0700. I'm done being #crazycatlady. Maybe I'll try #tinder ? #hurricaneirma #travel #love #animals #cat #catsofinstagram #car #wanderlust #funny #humor #funnymemes #streetstyle #travelphotography #wanderer #travelblogger #igtravel #traveling #travels #photography #miami

My Grandma Sylvia and J.B. in Havana, 1923.

You can't tell from photos, but I have her eyes, her independence, and her affinity for chocolate. I still use her challah recipe. I only date men that are close to their mothers, because she said that was important. She was very tough, very honorable, and her stories were as fantastic as they were dubious.
At present, I have more than 50 Cuba stamps in my passports - but I have yet to recreate any of her prized Havana photos. I intend to, one day.
#rappaport #family #jewish #travel #diaspora #travels #wanderer #wanderlust #jewishgirl #familyfirst #familia #havana #igtravel #travelphotography #bw #sepia #streetphotography #streetstyle #love #amazing #women #history #1920s #beauty #instagood #instatravel #womancrush #traveler

I've been thinking about this visit a lot - a Jewish woman, and a Muslim man, discussing religious understanding at Al-Fateh mosque in Manama, Bahrain, circa 2010. I was just starting out; I appreciate that he was so patient and gracious. It was a wonderful learning experience for me. Traveling as listening: let stories flow. #travelblogger #travelgram #travelingram #travelling #travelblog #wanderlust #wanderer #traveldeeper #religioustolerance #travels #travel #worldcaptures #learning #aroundtheworld #igdaily #love #igworldclub #ig_worldclub #instatravel #education #solotravel #culture #grateful #islam #judaism #jewish #travelphotography

It's Friday night, and I'm in Mexico City. In Polanco, there's an unassuming taco restaurant. In the back of the restaurant is a refrigerator door with an attendant. Walk through the refrigerator door, and you'll find yourself in the city's best underground cocktail and jazz bar, Jules Basement. Soul and style. Let's play #hideandseek #mexico #travel #traveldeeper #travels #travelblogger #traveler #travelblogger #travelblog #travelphotography #bar #cocktails #drinks #underground #tacos #photography #streetstyle #streetphotography #worldcaptures #worldplaces #instadaily #instago #instagood #instalike #love #amazing #travelingram #travelgram #igworldclub #igtravel #ig_worldclub

I've been going to Bolivia for years, but I've never seen the street zebras John Oliver did a segment on (young people who volunteer to dress up as zebras and guide street traffic). Today, the magic finally happened! (And yes, my driver is laughing at me) #victory #travel #travels #traveler #travelgram #travelingram #wanderer #wanderlust #worldcaptures #instalike #instagood #instatravel #feelgood #safety #zebra #wild #love #amazing #beauty #streetphotography #streetstyle #igdaily #igtravel #igworldclub #ig_worldclub #travelblog #travelblogger #traveldeeper #bolivia

Passing through the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) in the Bolivian badlands - hiking these remains of an eroded mountain really makes you feel like you're on another planet. #traveler #travelpics #traveldeeper #travelphotography #wild #wildernessculture #igdaily #instagood #instatravel #instalike #love #beauty #amazing #travelblogger #travelblog #travel #travels #photography #photooftheday #hiking #wanderer #wanderlust #worldcaptures #igtravel #igworldclub #ig_worldclub #landscape #travelgram #travelingram #starwars

This is why I visit my talented friends - they fix my stupid face. Thanks Pete!

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