Where Have I Been? Oh, a Little Place Called Costa Rica


I know, you’re probably wondering if I’m dead or alive.

Sorry playahs, this gal has been joyfully dabbling in Costa Rica. It’s my third time returning to the land of “Pura Vida” and just when I assume I’ll get sick of it, this unique country always draws me in.

The true reason I stepped back into Costa Rica was for another writer’s retreat in Puerto Viejo!

Even though Leigh and I courted a smaller group this time, each woman brought so much to the table. A life well lived, full of wisdom, and the willingness to let us guide them for a brief seven days.

Discovering San Diego: A City Less Traveled


About two years ago, my best friend and her husband traveled to San Diego. This struck me as an odd choice. I’ve known these two for nearly 15 years, and they travel several times a year, often choosing exotic, interesting places. It’s common for them to fly to Copenhagen or Osaka.

So it was underwhelming when they announced this San Diego trip. But once I saw their photos and heard about their experience, I felt intrigued.

They sadly don’t have a blog but as their spokesperson, I’m going to share some tidbits about San Diego that will make YOU want to do something crazy — visit a city less traveled.

By |August 11th, 2015 |Categories: San Diego, Travel Tips |4 Comments

Amsterdam: What to Hit


Let’s talk about Amsterdam.

I’d rather forget it after the entire city pissed me off last summer, but truth is people want sound advice on what to see or do there.

And since I was there, it’s only fitting I be the one to tell you. A few of my friends are going to explore Europe this summer, so it’s time to release bitterness (ooh, those cranky locals) and show you a good time in Amsterdam.

Panama City’s Street Art


Do you love street art?

I do, and look for it everywhere I travel.

In Panama City, you don’t have to search that hard. The historic area of Casco Viejo is easily walkable and full of artistic surprises. Scope around the main plaza where Iglesia de la Merced (church) is or zip down a shady street of crumbling colonial buildings and gems will pop out of nowhere.

I found some of the best art at a parking lot wall for crikey sakes!

There’s something wildly creative about street art. What does this art do, but give an immediate gut reaction?

You love it, hate it, but one thing is for sure, street art is the best use of urban space I’ve ever seen.

Panama City delivers! Just another aspect to this surprising city.

By |July 14th, 2015 |Categories: Culture, Panama, Panama City |0 Comments

Panama Canal: An Engineering Miracle

By all accounts, the Panama Canal should have never been built.

In the early 19th century, it made sense to build a canal through Nicaragua and that almost happened, until the French decided to do it in Panama.

Fresh off the Suez Canal accomplishment, the French mobilized quickly.

Workers migrated to help build the canal, nine-tenths of them of Afro-Caribbean descent from the West Indies, along with local indigenous people. Manpower totalled to 40,000 workers.

Yet, the French were simply not prepared for the hostile environment. Hundreds of workers died of yellow fever and malaria. Any efforts to stem the epidemic weren’t enough to eradicate the death toll.

By |June 29th, 2015 |Categories: Panama City, Travel Tips |7 Comments

Panama City: A Total Surprise

Panama City.

It’s modern.




A city tethered to its colonial past, but focused on the future.

I’d return in a heartbeat.

By |June 24th, 2015 |Categories: Culture, Panama City |6 Comments
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