Markets of Marrakech

Marrakech is an incredible place with fantastic food and lovely people. The city is busy, and loud, and truly designed to get lost in. During our stay we found our digital maps to be completely unreliable and the paper map from our hotel hardly helpful. Streets have been renamed a number of times, from the original Moroccan names, to French names during their colonization of Morocco, and then back to Moroccan names. But so long as one knows how to return to the main square, he’ll always be able to find his way back home. Read More ›

Cheese Making in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an incredible vacation destination with many relaxing and adventurous activities to take part in. From bird watching and white water rafting, to zip-lining and scuba diving, there’s never a dull moment in this country. However, when I travel it’s always the unique moments that are the most memorable and in Costa Rica that moment was definitely attending a cheese making workshop at a local farm near Chirripo Mountain. Our wonderful hotel, Monte Azul, specialized in creating delicious gourmet experiences and organized the entire excursion from start to finish. Read More ›

Historic Virginia City

Recently, I’ve been splitting my time between the beautiful shores of the San Francisco Bay Area and the caramel covered hills of Nevada’s Virginia City Highlands. My family bought a house in the Highlands and I love the area so much I find myself spending more and more time there. The city’s history is one of silver mining, penniless and millionaire miners, ghosts, violence, and destinies both built and lost. Read More ›

Relaxing in Playa del Carmen Mexico

As a surprise, my younger sister planned a vacation for the two of us to explore Mexico together. It was the first visit to the country for both of us and as such we wanted to see some of the world-renowned historical sites, while also squeezing in plenty of beach side relaxation. We happened to visit during the traditional celebration of Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) and the celebration included monuments for the deceased with brightly colored altars and offerings. On the way to Chichen Itza and the Cenote, we were also able to visit a Mayan village that still practices traditional ways of making clothing, food, and crafts, and sells everything in an open marketplace. Read More ›