Dancing in the Dominican Republic

by Lauren on September 3, 2015

There is a city in the Dominican Republic called Jarabacoa, otherwise known as the starting point for the trek to Pico Duarte, the tallest peak in the Caribbean. What the guidebooks don’t mention is how easy it is to find a dance partner in town, even in the middle of the day. I stopped in a local bar with a friend, attracting before long the attention of several shoe-shine boys, one of whom was a fantastic dance partner.

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Maria in Egypt

Mom and boy on bench

Maria gets it.  She always has. To some people, it’s difficult to explain what it means to live a life of travel. Many are comfortable to spend an odd weekend away on a beach. Others exist to experience cultures at a deeper level. Their lives are made up of little travel vignettes, with several months […]

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Improv Immersion at Second City

Improv Immersion at Second City

When you’re trying to be funny, you’re never going to be hilarious. In improvisation, the funny is born out of the spontaneous interactions that occur between and among characters. If I ask you, right now, what the first thing is that comes to mind, you might think: “Esmerelda, pruning, Baby Gap, pickle jar, existentialism, ASSHOLE!!..” […]

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Three Days in Athens


Bad travel advice is rare. Travelers are open and adventurous types, with countless suggestions of off-the-beaten-path locales, such as museums not frequented even by locals. However, several folks have mentioned to me over the years that there’s little more to Athens than the Acropolis. Those people should be slapped. I was fortunate to connect with […]

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Secret Santorini


The celebrated island was not as I had expected; the skies were overcast, and only a few wandering souls dotted the winding white lanes of Oia (“EE-ah”). An older man sat on a creaky wooden chair in front of a convenience store, skillfully yet casually weaving baskets of wire. He had the face of someone […]

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