My sister and I were supposed to leave for a European Study Tour on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. But this trip did not materialize. Our itinerary supposedly included a visit to Munich, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw and Medjugorje, and to see the ‘Passion Play’ at Oberammergau. Yes, we’re among the hundreds of travelers who have fallen prey to Mr. Francis (Frank) Gonzales DBA: American Academy of Family Medicine travelscam.
BUSINESS NAME: Gonzales, Francis MD - American Academy-Family Mdcn (AAFM)
TELEPHONE NO: (714) 432-7000
ADDRESS: 1525 Mesa Verde Dr E, #203, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
In retrospect, Mr. Gonzales and the American Academy of Family Medicine’s practices were telling signs of a possible travel scam. So my goal is to share some of the lessons that can be learned from this whole experience. I’ll spare you from having to read the details on how we got…
Overwhelmed by thousands of images and impressions, I could not find enough words to describe the five days I spent in the Amazon.Words could not paint the picture of the vastness of the Amazon River, the changing color of the sky, the thousand trees and plants, and the sounds from secret places I had never known.This trip made me understand the true meaning of the Asian proverb I read in the frontispiece of Patricia Schultz’s book, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” –Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times. Day 1 It was raining when our plane touched down at CF Secada Vignetta Airport in Iquitos, the heart of the Amazon jungle.The rusting plane sitting off the runway caught my eye. The rain and the rusting plane were a subtle reminder we were in the Amazon jungle indeed – a rugged place.Our naturalist-guide, named Vics, was waiting for us at the airport.He did not give us a formal introduction and welcome until we got on the bus for another two-hour ride …