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Meal in Heaven at Saburo’s, Oregon

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An automatic smile highlights my face every time I’m at Saburo’s Sushi in Portland, Oregon. Going to the restaurant used to be a treat only for birthdays, and maybe once every few years, since there’s almost always a line at the door. In more recent times, I’ve been going there quite frequently and have established myself as a […]

Inspiration in Progress in the USA

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Inspiration in Progress… I once read something long ago that has stuck with me until this day: “Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” I hear it on repeat inside my head anytime I want to be lazy about my studies or anytime I think that I cannot achieve a goal. I […]

IlluminOcean: #MyDanaPoint 40 Nights of Holiday Lights

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Experience IlluminOcean and celebrate the holidays in Dana Point with a mile stroll of Mingle & Jingle with literally thousands of lights sculpted into fantastic glowing sea-themed attractions. “The warmth of the Southern California winter season. The wonders of the deep blue sea. The dazzling spectacle of sights, sound and motion that’s electrifying our ocean views like […]

I wanna see you be brave *,USA

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A lifetime ago I fell in love with whitewater kayaking. I discovered the sport during college. I met a man who claimed to share my passion.  For a year we kayaked the St. Francis in Missouri when the water levels allowed, the Arkansas River in Colorado, then the Chattooga in Georgia and the Ocoee of […]

Cafe Del Rey Stunning Views in Marina Del Rey

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Cafe Del Rey is the place for stunning views in Marina Del Rey. For a romantic sunset or marvelous Mediterranean mouthfuls  by the water, “the food at CAFE del REY is about discovery, simplicity and quality of ingredients.” I can highly recommend the fresh fish and the incredible chocolate tower. I will be back soon for […]

Dine at Freds at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills

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Dine at Fred’s at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills which opened in October 2014. Executive Chef Mark Strausman designed all the Fred’s menus for their New York City and Chicago locations. As he said,  “I always wanted to be a chef at a place that people regularly visit, rather than one they only go to for […]

Kansas Lightning

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 We drove into Kansas during a thunderstorm, but it isn’t the thunder that I remember. It’s the lightning, almost purple, and the wind. “In the days of the Frontier,” my host mom told me, “people were driven mad by these winds. They could already see the Rockies in the distance, but it took days until […]

Gasping, Flying, and Heart Smiling in the USA

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It is the garden within the concrete jungle. You find yourself walking toward this not so secret garden. Suddenly the grey concrete disappears, and you are hit with bursts of green. Time begins to slow and you allow yourself to take the first full breath you’ve taken all day, all week, all month. Walking around […]

Power and grace in Teotihuacan, Mexico

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There is powerful, freeing beauty in this world that transcends any travel show or guidebook if we open to it and are ready. Mexico is full of that for me. Well before the violent troubles of the last decade, I first camped on beaches near Ensenada with my parents, all of us sleeping in a […]

Life and Love in Lake Placid, New York

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As I stepped out of the car, I took a deep breath. It wasn’t the warm, sweet air of a traditional honeymoon in some exotic location. It was cool and clean and I was standing in moose poop. How romantic. I had always dreamed that my honeymoon would be spent lounging by the pool with […]