Halong Bay, Vietnam: Tourist Hot Spot That’s Still Stuns

When my son and I traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam this summer, just one out-of-town jaunt was on my list — Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994, Halong Bay, dotted with more than 2000 craggy islands, has turned into a major tourist attraction that pulls in people by the bus loads. Despite the robust popularity that’s […]

December 7th, 2016|Cruise, UNESCO World Heritage sites|

Teaching English in the Dominican Republic

“My name is Doris. Thank you!” I am so proud to hear these simple words flow confidently out of this Dominican woman’s mouth. Her eyes shine bright and her smile lights up the entire screen on my smart phone as I record a short video of Doris practicing her English. I play the YouTube video […]

July 29th, 2016|Cruise, Dominican Republic|

Dominican Women Create Art from Scraps

Her nimble fingers slide the coffee beans, one at a time, onto the necklace faster than an excited teen sending a text message to a friend. Maria del Carmen Almanzar has been making crafts in the Dominican Republic since she was 8 years old. Working at Re-Papel, a cooperative in the village of El Javillar, […]

July 22nd, 2016|Cruise, Dominican Republic|