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How Hiking Boots Reminded My Mom and I to Look Up

Last week, I was very fortunate to celebrate my mother’s birthday with her in Acadia National Park. We had no idea that this little part of Maine on the Atlantic Coast was the seventh most popular national park in the country with nearly 3.5 million visitors a year. We arrived the week before the summer…
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It’s Wine-Thirty

Hiya! I'm Heidi, an oenophile (pronounced EE-nuh-fahyl) from the beer, brat, and cheese state of Wisconsin. However, I'm a very well-seasoned wine enthusiast that can sniff out a good Malbec, Albariño, or a zesty Sauvignon Blanc while telling a good story about my adventures in their countries of origin. My Favorite Wine Destination Adventures: Mendoza, Argentina Auckland,…
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Explore the Riches of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

When you think of Colombia, the first few items that come to mind are Juan Valdez and coffee, Pablo Escobar and Narcos on Netflix, and your vague memory of high school history and the Spanish quest for gold in the Americas. However, the true richness and jewels of Colombia are on its Northern Caribbean Coast.…
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An Artistic Reminder from Madrid to Look Up

All over Madrid, there are these statues representing a famous painting called Las Meninas by Velázquez. Although these life-sized women are a new installation, they brought me back to when I studied the painting in my classes at the Prado twenty years ago. Special Menina with a Reminder to Look Up This menina (maid of honor)…
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Something Scary that Forces You to Look Up

Have you done something that scared you lately? I did. Recently, I traveled to Sedona, Arizona for a girl’s trip. Years previously, I had driven through Sedona and its Red Rock region on a marathon visit from Tucson to the Grand Canyon and Phoenix with hopes of spending more time there. On this Spring Break…
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Falling in Love with Cuba AND Why You Should Travel to Cuba NOW

The Beginning of a Romance with Cuba From beneath a large Banyan tree on the patio of a paladar (private restaurant) in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, I rang in the New Year and made a big resolution. Instead of champagne, I toasted this life change with a refreshing mojito, which washed down the traditional…
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