Tag Archives: travel

February 16

Costa Rica: Pura Vida! A week in Manuel Antonio & surroundings

This is an extended version of my original article on Costa Rica.  WASHINGTON DC, February 16, 2013- This January, my husband and I visited Costa Rica for a wedding.  Growing up in a Latin culture, I associate Costa Ricans, “ticos,” with their ubiquitous saying: pura vida, a phrase that they seem to insert into every […]

February 02

Holy Land, USA: from place of pilgrimage to creepy destination

Once one of Connecticut’s most popular tourist attractions, this closed and decaying Catholic theme park continues to draw visitors looking for the unusual and kitsch. From my column in Communities @ The Washington Times WASHINGTON DC, January 29, 2013– Today this decaying religious theme park in Waterbury Connecticut looks like the set of a 70s […]

January 25

Costa Rica: Pura Vida!

From my column at Communities @ Washington Times WASHINGTON DC, January 24, 2013- Growing up in a Latin culture, I associate Costa Ricans, “ticos,” with their ubiquitous saying: pura vida, a phrase that they seem to insert into every conversation.  For years I thought it was something in the water that made these people so singularly kind […]

October 08

Happy Bike

I see this bike every morning when I walk my dogs- It always makes me smile:  BIKE LOVE! Related articles Cycling in Lanzarote = WIN (mrdoocycling.wordpress.com) The 5,000km bike challenge (riotousassembly.wordpress.com) The terrible tyranny of two-wheel tribal wear (bikinginla.wordpress.com) When the Bikes Ride Everywhere (adventourcaucasus.wordpress.com)

August 19

How My Bike Changed My Life

From my column in The Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON, August 14, 2012 – I never thought I would make this statement but on a day-to-day basis, I would rather do without my car than my bike. Me And My Bike I have never been into exercising or fitness.  The only sports I have ever liked are those I […]

August 19

Baby Hatches Raise Controversy in Germany

From my column in The Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON, July 31, 2012 – The ongoing debate over baby hatches in Germany has heated up again.  Baby hatches, known as babyklappe, are essentially boxes where unwanted babies can be left anonymously.  The hatches are temperature-controlled and have weight sensors that immediately alert staff that a baby has been surrendered. […]