Cartagena, Columbia

Founded in 1533, Cartagena was one of the most important and strategic locations for the Spanish to transport gold and silver from Peru and Ecuador to Europe.  Cartagena’s old town is a Unesco World site… and rightly so.  The old town has centuries-old colonial stone walls, cobbled stone streets, beautiful plazas, and large churches.  An […]

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Limon, Costa Rica

With temperatures averaging 87 degrees and high humidity, it is hot, hot, and more hot.  But, hey! I’m from the Mojave Desert so I’m not bothered by the heat much.  I don’t even mind the humidity, other than the fact that my hair has tripled in volume, and my normally dry desert skin feels so soft […]

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Xaymaca

Ft. Lauderdale Florida is our gateway to the next cruise – the Panama Canal with stops in Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Columbia, and Jamaica. With tours set up in each port via Tours by Locals, our adventure starts off in Falmouth, Jamaica. It’s a 3 hour drive from my home in the small desert town […]

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Cruising with a Broken Ankle

As we walked down the dirt-packed pathway alongside the Estonian Palace of Russia’s Peter the Great near Tallinn, Lorretta stumbled over the lone rock buried sidewise in the path as she searched her backpack for her leather gloves.  Our tour guide, Sergio, and I both heard her go down and as we glanced back we […]

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