A wonderful azure blue

We woke up quite early and after finding the DR lights, I read the New York Times and did work. Everybody gathered for breakfast and we filled in Maggie and Seija on our various Sunday activities, which included a tour of the equator and the old city, along with a successful shopping expedition at the […]

Leaving a community feeling prouder

Hello again! After an awesome weekend exploring areas outside of Monteverde, today we finally made our return to Colegio. Matt, Ellie, and I began our day with a brisk three-hour period of shoveling dirt out of old garden plots, which quickly got us back into the spirit of volunteering with the students. As we were […]


Weekend Safari

  I’m off to meet matron by 7:30 to attend students before classes. It is Friday but no body seems particularly enthused the weekend is here. We had a lot of students with colds and stomach pain, a cough who were referred the teachers (a) morning break and it was great to see them and […]


Artecorte – Much more than a salon

PAPITO – COME FOR A HAIRCUT, STAY FOR A BRIGHT NEW HAVANA! BY CARL WALLACE / POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2012 Everything about the Artecorte Salon in Habana Vieja is not what you might expect. Not only is the salon a super-stylish haircutting place plus a studio that specializes in skin care and facials, it is also an independent business. […]


Wine Tour

Joe, Carlos, Francisco (the driver), Joe, Mary, Arleen and myself went on a mystery trip organized by Carlos.  We went to Albernoa today.  We saw orange trees, olive trees and grape vines.  The orange trees were loaded with oranges.  Arleen could hardly contain herself. We arrived at the Cascado Santa Vitoria Winery in time for […]


Fun Indeed – My Weekend in Vietnam

We get up and eat. Wait in lobby for mini-bus to the Oriental Sails boat in HalongBay. Left about 8:15 a.m. While waiting, tried to use the PC in the lobby.  On the bus ride, we saw rice growing, water buffalo, freeways, lakes, village and more villages. Had a quick rest stop at tourist “trap” […]

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International Children’s Day

Today (June 1) is the International Children’s Day. The festival is celebrated in many countries, including China. It’s a day to remind all the world of how special and important the children’s are and all children should be well-treated, respected and taken care with love. We should all, in particular, spare a thought for those […]


Iringa Town

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” – JFK Today we had a half-day of volunteering. I taught a class on the environmental effects of rapidly growing populations and learned that Tanzanians are encouraged to have no more than 2 children. Meanwhile Hope continued to […]