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    Food Lifestyle Travel

    Perfect Girls Weekend In LA

    Last weekend I wrapped up a month in California with a girls weekend in LA. I had been staying in Oakland when two of my best friends, with detours to Santa Barbara for my…

    June 26, 2016
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    Carry On

    The Best Travel Sunscreen for Any Trip

    Confession: I did not always appreciate the power of the sun to cause long term skin damage. Growing up in Wisconsin I lived for summer. We only get three months of truly warm weather,…

    June 9, 2016
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    Travel

    Fathom and the Problem With Voluntourism

    Last month I went on a cruise with Fathom, the newest brand from Carnival Corporation that specializes in social impact travel. Positive social impact and giant cruise companies don’t seem to go hand in hand,…

    May 31, 2016
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    Travel

    Getting Out of Amber Cove

      Last month I found myself on a cruise to the Dominican Republic. We docked in Amber Cove, a port on the northwest side of the island. It’s pretty, has cute shops, decent food, and is…

    May 30, 2016
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    Travel

    Why ‘Ruining’ Cuba Is a Good Thing

    It’s true what they say: arriving in Havana is like going back in time. Archaic buildings and classic cars provide a picturesque backdrop for live music, dancing, and intoxicating fresh mint mojitos. It’s an…

    May 23, 2016
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    Travel

    Visiting Viñales

    Viñales, a small town in the Pinar del Río region, was by far my favorite place we visited in Cuba. We stayed in an Airbnb tucked at the edge of a dirt path with…

    May 23, 2016
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    Carry On

    What to Pack for a Trip to Cuba

    Packing for Cuba was just like packing for any tropical destination, but there were a few random items I’m so glad I had, and a few I didn’t have but want to make sure…

    May 23, 2016
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    Coffee Monday

    Cuban Coffee | Coffee Monday

    Though coffee production in Cuba has declined greatly since the 1950s,  Cuban coffee is still well-known around the world, and drinking it is an important part of Cuban culture. The first coffee plantations in…

    April 25, 2016