In Photos: The Top 5 Beaches in Costa Rica

In Photos: The Top 5 Beaches in Costa Rica

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April 27, 2020

When you dream of a vacation (or living) in the tropics, often the first thing you imagine is the coastline. Long sandy stretches of palms swaying in the sea breezes. The waves gently lapping the shore. Playing in the surf or donning a mask and exploring the colorful submerged world. Yes, it is easy to talk about beaches, but it is...

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

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April 11, 2020

I’ve been living in various areas of Portugal for the last six years and find it incredibly safe. In fact, the Global Peace Index, which rates 163 countries for safety, ranks Portugal number three. The U.S. State Department rates Portugal a Level One, meaning take normal safety precautions. Some of this is obvious: don’t leave Read more...: Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

How to Learn Spanish

How to Learn Spanish

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April 8, 2020

The very best way to enjoy the culture of any country is by being able to speak the language. And fortunately, Spanish is one of the easiest languages to quickly pick up. You don't have to be fluent. You don't need to be perfect every single time. But you do need to master a few basics...

Seeing More Clearly With Eye Surgery in Bangkok

Seeing More Clearly With Eye Surgery in Bangkok

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April 6, 2020

Mariam Coleman points to Baiyoke Sky Tower in Bangkok, Thailand. “My son took me to dinner there, that’s the tallest building in the city, and the restaurant revolves.” Mariam who, in her own words, is “pushing 80” has been in the city for four weeks and, despite the hazy air, she’s seeing more clearly than she has for years...

My 5 Favorite Seaside Towns in Spain

My 5 Favorite Seaside Towns in Spain

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March 28, 2020

Who doesn’t love a seaside ambience? The tang of salt on the air, the cries of seagulls, and sailboats rocking at their moorings… And in Spain, where seaside locations so often come with plentiful sunshine, sandy beaches, warm days, and sea breezes, they can be especially appealing. Here are five of my favorite seaside towns in Spain...

In Costa Rica I Can Be Who I Am, Not Who I Should Be

In Costa Rica I Can Be Who I Am, Not Who I Should Be

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March 27, 2020

I basically embody the American Dream. I come from a poor family amid a broken home—but I was the valedictorian of my class. I was the first person in the family to ever go to college, working two jobs to pay for my undergraduate education. Then came medical school. Then private practice...