BERTRAM M. GORDON
Bertram M. Gordon is Professor of European History and Chair of the Social Sciences Division at Mills College. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Tourism History and the Bureau of the International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism , and serves as co-editor of the H-Travel internet discussion network. He holds a doctorate from Rutgers University and regularly teaches a course entitled "Men, Women, and Travel: Tourism in Europe Since the Renaissance." A specialist on World War II France, he has written on war-related tourism in that country and, more recently, the emergence of "mass tourism" and Mediterranean tourism.
Watching fireflies during mating season is part biology lesson, part light show, and part spiritual experience. Standing on a trail above Santa Clara the night before we left Nanacamilpa, it’s hard not to be impressed as the valley below fills with tiny blinking lights, flitting about looking for other blinking lights. It’s like someone glitter-bombed an entire hillside. But equally impressive are the tourists. Unlike the first night, everyone is dead silent. A young girl sitting on her father’s shoulders whispers into his ear. He answers briefly and then hushes her. No one checks their cell phones or wanders off. It’s pitch black—there’s literally nothing to see except the fireflies.