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Africa and the ATM

IN THE January 9 ISSUE

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“Your transaction cannot be completed.” The ATM machine refused to spit out any money. “Why?” I whined to the clerk at the store.
“You need a local account,” she responded.

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New Years 2002 Sicily

IN THE December 26 ISSUE

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Another holiday season, and the shops were full of gifts and magnificent candies or cookies. We were driving in southern Italy and crossed to Sicily on a ferry, two days before Christmas.

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Small World: Italian Travel Adventure

IN THE November 7 ISSUE

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My husband and I were visiting Venice, Italy with our little dog, Sherman, and a friend from the USA, Joyce. Hunger drove us to explore some side streets in search of a light lunch which wouldn’t require a bank loan to pay.

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by Christina Morgan Cree



Chocolate and I have a love affair that goes back as far as I can remember. From my first cake, to the time when I was five and my mom had to restrict my Hershey bar intake to one a day because I just couldn’t handle myself. All the way through to adulthood I didn’t go a day without chocolate.

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by Maria Ruiz



I was on a trip with an older friend. We had ridden the train from the Pacific Coast up the Copper Canyon and from there, flown to Mexico City. The weather was warm without being too hot to enjoy walking around in the afternoon.

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Top Places to Visit in Tenerife

IN THE September 19 ISSUE

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by Lance Sprewell


The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife, is home to golden beaches, volcanic landscapes, and luxury resorts. It’s the perfect holiday destination with great weather and attractions to keep everyone happy. Here’s some of the top places to visit on your next Tenerife adventure.

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The Italian Accident

IN THE September 19 ISSUE

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Bang! Crunch! “What did we hit?” my husband yelled as he brought the motor home to a stop.
“It’s a kid!” I yelled back. Looking out the passenger window, I saw a pair of little legs and a bicycle wheel sticking out from under the side.

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The Bus From Hell

IN THE August 15 ISSUE

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“Hey! We can take a bus from here to Flores to see the Komodo Dragons!” I yelled as I passed a shop with a sign in the window. We were in Lombok, an island in Indonesia next to Bali. We’d planned on visiting the Island of Flores where tours to see the giant lizards started.

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The Scoop on Santa Cruz Ice Cream

IN THE July 25 ISSUE

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by Christina Morgan Cree



When I first moved to Santa Cruz, Marianne’s on Ocean was the place to go for locals and the obligatory stop on the way home from a long day in the sand and sun for tourists. That was 30 years ago, and it’s still a hot spot with a line out the door day and night. Joining that wonderful institution is a new breed of ice cream shop.

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The One-Gallon Shower

IN THE July 18 ISSUE

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“Would you like hot water for your shower?” asked the man behind the desk.
I was registering for a hotel room in Calcutta and was surprised. No one had ever asked that before at a hotel. Especially as this was a well-known old hotel with a history as long as Britain had been in India.

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by Christina Morgan Cree



Walking through the doors of the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, is like entering a portal to the splendor of another era. The opulent neoclassical styled movie palace whisks you back to a time before technology, television, and even home radio, to a pre-depression America where entertainment and distraction were sought outside the home. Beautifully designed and decorated with larges lobbies and mezzanines with chairs and couches where friends could sit and talk. Before Hitchcock’s Psycho, movie goers would show up to the theatre without much thought to showtimes. It was common to walk into the theatre mid movie.

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Mekong River: Another Travel Adventure

IN THE June 6 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz



Asia. The land of pagodas, jade Buddhas, and stir fried foods. What we knew about Asia we could put in a pot sticker at the local Chinese restaurant. We had done Central America and Europe and it was time to move on. Going east seemed the logical next place.

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by Christina Morgan Cree



In the quiet town of Scotts Valley there is a place where dreams come true. Cutesy Cupcakes, a cupcake shop. Walking through the doors is like walking into a destination spot on the Candyland game board. A feast for the senses: sweetness envelopes and rows of decorated cupcakes as far as the eye can see.

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Asian Appetite

IN THE April 18 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz



Before we started traveling, we often went out to eat Chinese food. Even in Europe, we usually visited Chinese restaurants. We liked Indian and Thai dishes, too. Now we were in Asia, and face-to-face with the real thing. Foods in restaurants are altered to appeal to local tastes and often the real thing is quite different.

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Eating in Europe

IN THE March 21 ISSUE

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Eating in Europe was a pleasing adventure. We were just two of the millions who visit each year, tourists complete with backpacks and a map. The only thing that set us apart was that we were traveling with our dog.

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Alaskan Wilderness

IN THE February 28 ISSUE

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Out of all the seasons we chose to go to Alaska it had to be one of the worst winters for snow ever. Here we were in the back of a car after being picked up from the airport in a blinding blizzard. The snow was piled up high at the sides of the road and some cars must have ran into problems and were stuck. We continued on our journey through the dazzling but heavy snow storm to the B&B where we were planning to stay for a while.

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Eating in Central America

IN THE February 21 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz



When we left the U.S. to begin our travels, I thought that I would never see Grey Poupon Mustard again. Was I surprised to see it everywhere we traveled except in Africa.

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Great Opportunities when Traveling to Branson

IN THE February 7 ISSUE

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by April


One of the things people seek when traveling is absolute enjoyment. We travel because we want to take a break from everyday stressors. So the destination must offer complete satisfaction and pleasure.

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