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Prostitution during World Cup 2014

With a half million international tourists traveling to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, prostitutes were preparing for the influx of new customers.  A legal occupation in Brazil, the workers there were gearing up in preparation for the party goers, fan crazy, excited people that will be new in town. They are working hard to Read More

Cruising in Elegance, without Breaking the Bank – Part 1

2013 Nissan Sentra

Let’s face it, we all like to have nice things… but the reality is nice things typically come at an unaffordable price for most Americans.  Well, I think that it’s safe to say that I’ve found a common happy ground, when it comes to automobiles. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know much about Read More

Spain, La Madre Patria

Sandra Foyt

My Argentine grandparents spoke often and fondly of their visits to Spain; traveling to “la Madre Patria” was like going home to them. A popular sobriquet for Spain in Latin America, “la Madre Patria” supposedly holds no ideological meaning, but how do you untangle religious symbolism when it’s such a big part of culture and Read More

Vacationing in Nicaragua

Ometepe Island

My family, friends, coworkers, wife, and those random people I sort of know on Facebook, asked the same exact question that you’re about to ask: “Why would anyone want to visit Nicaragua?” Here are the basic reasons to visit: It’s cheap. It has active volcanoes, and beaches. It isn’t too touristy. It has beautiful architecture. They Read More

Back home, everybody, back home!

Olinda Brazil

Summertime means more family time, and for Latinos, this family often extends across national borders. Fellow Book of the Month members may remember the following lines: “Every summer Santo Domingo slaps the Diaspora engine into reverse, yanks back as many of its expelled children as it can…Like someone had sounded a general reverse evacuation order: Read More

Brooklyn has it all

Cacao Prieto - Sebastian Gross-Ossa

Labeled the “Love” train for its infamous Missed Connections, the L line is the uber pick up place – especially between the two stops separating hipsters from Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. But when you step off the train, the place to see and be seen is Brooklyn. Signs of the borough’s Read More

The expanding magic of Disney

Disney resort

If there were a time machine that could take you back to your childhood would you take it? While not all of our childhoods had an idyllic look or feel to them, there is a certain magic and charm in our childhood memories. There was no Disney World when I was a child and, even Read More

Dreaming of an Alaskan Cruise

Inside Passage kayak

Some destinations are best approached from the deck of a cruise liner: the Norwegian fjords, the Mediterranean islands, and Alaska’s Inside Passage. Only then can you experience the wonder of a rising sun over nature’s majesty the way earlier explorers might have captured it, before the intrusion of man - where land encounters water’s edge. Alaska’s Read More

10 National Parks to visit in 2012

yellowstone flora and fauna

With Earth Day celebrated this week, the environment—and our role in protecting it—are top of mind as we plan summer family vacations. Inspired by Earth Day Network’s appeal for Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park, the “most biologically diverse place in the world,” why not start by getting to know our own national parks? America’s 58 national Read More

Travel Puerto Rico – Saborea the new boricua culture

Saborea Festival

There is nothing stuffy about Puerto Rican culture. Boricuas know how to have a good time, and you never know what to expect. At the Saborea culinary festival last year, Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine heated up more than the sauce with his sexy striptease. And when Saborea returns to San Juan from April Read More