How to Fail at Paddle-Boarding

How to Fail at Paddle-Boarding On a day of promising weather, I resolved to take our paddleboard out for the afternoon and get a little exercise. I’d previously paddle-boarded only in our small, protected cove, while Mike had paddled beyond to open water and completely circled the island on more...

I Don’t Speak Turner

I Don’t Speak Turner “I can’t wait to see Balboa!” My in-laws announced this often in the months leading up to our trip to Spain. They meant Bilbao, but the cultural influence of Rocky combined with their (ahem) creative use of language always won out. I try to learn as much of the...

I Brake for Machete-Wielding Hitchhikers

I Brake for Machete-Wielding Hitchhikers Long before we had children, my husband and I had an opportunity to live and work for three months in Vanuatu, a volcanic archipelago in the South Pacific. Much of my job involved driving a worse-for-wear pickup truck from one end of the island of Efate to the other,...

New Year’s Prefunk on Copacabana Beach

New Year’s Prefunk on Copacabana Beach It’s fairly easy to spend all day at Copacabana Beach. You can inexpensively rent chairs and umbrellas, and there are plenty of vendors to keep you fed, quenched, and entertained. You can purchase beach toys, sunglasses, caipirinhas, beer, cashews, water, sarongs,...