Giveaway: Eating Up the West Coast

Enter to win your copy of this beautiful book at the bottom of this post. It’s easy, and no spam will result As someone who lives in California, I’m surrounded by natural beauty and incredible food, two advantages of living in this great state. Any trip in California includes stops for some of the region’s […]

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For Your Weekend

The time just seems to be flying by lately, and I’m really looking forward to some serious downtime starting next week after final exams are done. The flowers above were a gift from a student; this time of year is always bittersweet for me as I yearn for a break from teaching but know that […]

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Summer Travel Plans 2015

Summer vacation starts next week, and I can hardly wait. I love my job teaching ESL and will miss my students, but the end of the semester always leaves me feeling mentally drained and yearning for more quality time with my kids and husband. The three months of summer break will go by fast with […]

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For Your Weekend

Happy Friday! My summer vacation is almost here–next week is the last week of the semester, and then I have to give and grade final exams–but my summer calendar is already filling up fast! One reason is that I’ve recently become the Brazil Travel Expert for About.com, which means that I’ll be publishing lots of […]

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Travel & the California Drought

California’s drought has been at the forefront of my mind for a long time, but lately I realized that people outside California were interested in this, too, especially when considering how it might affect their travels in this great state. I’ve even seen people wonder how it might impact their California vacations. While the issue […]

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For Your Weekend

Summer suddenly arrived this week. The harsh sun and 90+ degree temperatures seem to be taking a toll on everyone around here, including me. A challenging week it was, but I’m trying to compensate with a restful weekend. There are just two weeks left until the end of the semester, so there’s much to look forward […]

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In Yosemite, 5 Hikes with Kids

Talk to any parent of a young child, and they’ll tell you that “hiking” with a 4-year-old is just about impossible. At this age, they’ve outgrown a hiking backpack, but their little legs just can’t take them as far as an adult’s. Add to that the fact that my younger son wants to be carried […]

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For Your Weekend

So, that happened last night…Damien Rice live at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Marketa Irglova (of the movie “Once”) opened for him and was excellent–beautiful piano melodies and her hauntingly beautiful voice. Damien Rice was so much more than even I expected, a true example of the power of raw talent, vulnerability and wit to […]

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My New Way to Travel

Earth Day is today, and in the spirit of celebrating our planet’s beauty and increasing our awareness of ways we can protect the Earth, I have a new favorite thing to share. First, I digress… I’ve always had an adventurous spirit and a longing to get out and keep exploring and learning. My life goal […]

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For Your Weekend

Happy Friday! I’m off to a park for a half-day trip with my son’s class and taking a family train trip to Berkeley this weekend before playing catch up with work responsibilities. I hope your weekend is lovely. Before I share some weekend reading links with you, I have to tell you that we just […]

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