hungry in havana

I was not the least bit surprised how much I adored Havana. It has everything I love. Fascinating history: both modern and ancient. You can scramble around the old fort built to keep out pirates or hang out in Revolutionary…

canal christmas

Last November my sister asked if I wanted to ski for Christmas. No. But did they want to come through the Panama Canal? She didn’t even ask her family before saying yes. Somehow we both knew this 48-mile passage was…

the place to buy?

Fantastically hip and totally tiny, Casco Viejo is the reason to visit Panama City. Now a neighborhood, back in 1673 it was the city. Founded after the original town was laid to waste by the Welsh pirate Henry Morgan, the…

jack watching robot wars

jack in japan

No matter how often we are forewarned, our children grow up quicker than we ever thought possible. Somehow, my baby Jack has managed to turn 18, graduate from high school and convince me of the wisdom of a gap year.…

“one shoe can change your life” – cinderella

1985, I was living in Paris and everyone was laughing at me. In true Working Girl style, I walked everywhere in my tretorn tennis shoes changing into proper shoes once I got where ever I was going. My French colleagues…

lama temple

I have discovered what Buddhists have apparently known for centuries… size does matter. On a freezing morning in my first February, with guidebook in hand, I visited the Lama Temple.  I hoped to find respite from the biting Beijing winter…

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