Off the Grid: Alaska

Alaska is in the news today, part of a climate change report by 13 federal agencies, which found abundant evidence of human-caused climate warming in the U.S. and determined that “surface, air and ground temperatures in Alaska and the Arctic are rising at a frighteningly fast rate — twice as fast as the global average,” according to the New York Times.

We just came back from the 49th state, so here are a few photos of the gorgeous terrain and wildlife at risk. It is an amazing place to visit if you ever get the chance. Three generations of my family packed into – depending on the terrain – a modified school bus, a train, a minibus, and a sightseeing boat to traverse the vast interior of Alaska, which is as big as a sixth of the continental U.S. We started in Fairbanks, then headed up to Denali National Park, then back down through Talkeetna, Seward, and the gorgeous Kenai Fjords National Park.  (more…)

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Colombia Part II: Cartagena

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The cab from the airport raced past kids playing soccer on packed dirt fields, families crowded onto the beach, and agua fresca vendors peddling down the highway. After two flights from the tiny island of Providencia, we were finally approaching Cartagena, the more cosmopolitan part of our journey to Colombia. When we came to the city walls, our cab driver turned into an impossibly small tunnel and emerged in a plaza surrounded by 16th century buildings. They were colorfully painted, outfitted with balconies, and festooned with flowering bougainvillea vines that cascaded all the way to the cobblestone streets below. Immediately it was easy to see the attraction of this city, a favorite of Colombians and foreigners alike.  (more…)

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Colombia Part I: Providencia

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Imagine a Caribbean paradise that’s blissfully free of American tourists. What it does have are beautiful beaches, gorgeous architecture, excellent food and a fascinating history, all in an environment that feels entirely safe. This is Colombia, and you should go now before all those other tourists catch up with you.  (more…)

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Santaella, San Juan, PR

Dining Room, Santaella

On our second trip to Puerto Rico, we stayed in San Juan, where you have not just the beautiful beaches of Isla Verde but also the sophisticated restaurants that are part and parcel of a life in a big city. San Juan, founded by the Spanish in 1521, is a rambling mash up of old and new. In the Santurce neighborhood surrounding La Placita, a crowd comes out to drink and dance salsa on a Friday night, spilling out of the Taburna Los Vazquez and onto the streets, where you can go buy a mojito or a greyhound made with freshly squeezed grapefruit and stroll through the plaza.  (more…)

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More New Orleans Eats

New Orleans is one the top culinary destinations in the world, so I am particularly lucky to have a brother and sister-in-law who live there. There are countless places to while away the time while you’re in New Orleans, but here a few more – in addition to Cochon – that we enjoyed the most. (more…)

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