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My name is Jeannie Mark

I’m a mid-lifer who quit a growing corporate career to reawaken my passions — and forge a life set by my own rules.

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Life Lessons

4 Years of Travel

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A Last Look at China

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My Writer's Retreat

Creative Revolution Retreats!

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.

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.

Summer is Here! Time for Mexico!

It’s true that I’ve had a weird 2015 so far.

But summer is coming and since leaving Nicaragua I’ve been trying my damnedest to look on the bright side.

So, this summer I’m going OFF THE GRID. Really. Literally, I am.

Flying View Photo Contest With Air France/KLM


It’s rare that I do photo contests, but I couldn’t resist partnering with Air France/KLM on their latest!

We’re all aware of SkyTeam, the airline alliance that includes airlines of note like AeroMexico, Delta, and Aeroflot.

Flying Blue is a SkyTeam fidelity program and their annual photo contest is about to begin. Yahoo!

Called Flying View, the photography contest is all over the world and available for anyone who wants to share his or her most eye-popping travel photography.

5 Corners of Armenia Worth Seeing


Armenia. Just writing that word evokes something mysterious for me. How about you? I am always impressed with people who know way more about a place than I do, which is why I’m going to let Boris Sahakyan tell you what you MUST do in this intriguing country.


The Weirdest Festival in Nicaragua: Blessing the Dogs

The last two months have been wickedly serious around here — remember my body issues and depression? Before you conclude that I’m Debbie Downer, it’s time for some shits and giggles. Let’s have a laugh!

More than two months ago, I experienced one of the weirdest festivals — both surreal because of the details and it was the day my wallet was stolen. The stolen wallet is old news and I bought a pretty one from Soy Nica to replace it (check them out for artisan, hand-made products).

About two weeks before Semana Santa (that’s Easter celebration in your part of the world), an itty bitty festival called “Blessing the Dogs’ happens in Masaya, Nicaragua. That’s the city between Granada and Managua.