Enjoying Simple Pleasures in Salamanca, Spain

Enjoying Simple Pleasures in Salamanca, Spain

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January 20, 2019

Cafe con leche is the typical Spanish coffee. Now, you could head to the American-style shop a few blocks from my apartment for a $7 plain coffee. However, I prefer the local café where you can sit outside on the cobblestone patio and sip leisurely while people-watching. The delicious treat only costs $1.25, the workers always greet you with an enthusiastic "Buenos dias!" and no one rushes you to vacate your seat.

Explore the Craft Towns of Ecuador

Explore the Craft Towns of Ecuador

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December 5, 2018

If you're planning a trip to Ecuador, my advice is simple: Bring the biggest suitcase you can find...two if your airline will allow it. Get on the Andean Craft Trail in the Sierra region along the Avenue of the Volcanoes that cuts north to south through Ecuador. It is full of artisan treasures that you won't be able to resist. Cotacachi, the village where I live, has a main street lined with leather shops selling jackets, boots, and shoes as well as beautiful handbags and luggage. You can even have things custom-made in a few days. And everything is so much cheaper than you would pay for it in a high-end store—either in the U.S. or in Ecuador. You'll adore Cotacachi.

Tamarindo Restaurants: A Tantalizing Taste Tour

Tamarindo Restaurants: A Tantalizing Taste Tour

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December 4, 2018

One of the main reasons tourists and expats alike enjoy the town of Tamarindo, in the Guanacaste province on Costa Rica’s northwestern Pacific coast, is for the abundance of international cuisine. Over 100 dining options within walking distance of downtown Tamarindo make this small beach community a foodie’s dream...

Where to Dock Your Boat: Panama’s Best Marinas

Where to Dock Your Boat: Panama’s Best Marinas

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October 29, 2018

Before settling in David in western Panama in 2009, I lived aboard my sailboat, Carina, for 16 years. My husband and I sailed the western Caribbean and we still have many friends among the cruising community. Although Panama has miles of coastline, it has few marine facilities for small boats. If you’re looking for a safe harbor to dock your boat in Panama, here are the stand-out marinas to visit.

5 Tips to Travel the World on $70 a Day

5 Tips to Travel the World on $70 a Day

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October 19, 2018

Life has been full of travel and adventure since my husband Duncan and I first realized that it was cheaper for us to travel the world than to sit on our couch back home. Just last year, our travels took us to Thailand, Spain, Sweden, France, Montenegro, Croatia, on a cruise from Spain to Panama, then onward to explore Mexico, Cuba, and Barbados...

In Pictures: A Snapshot of Mexican Markets

In Pictures: A Snapshot of Mexican Markets

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September 7, 2018

One of the joys of living in Mexico is shopping in local markets, rather than sterile supermarkets or larger department stores. Browsing the market stalls and meeting the vendors is a much more “homely” experience, and brings you closer to the source of the goods themselves.Each market has its own distinct character and atmosphere…