I don’t remember exactly how I found out that Walt Disney Concert Hall offers free tours of its facilities, but my guess is that I came across tour details on their website while searching for their season calendar. Given my curiosity for behind the scenes insights, I decided that Jave and I could make a date of exploring where the Los Angeles Philharmonic makes its beautiful music. More
After leaving Santa Marta, and after making a short pitstop in Barranquilla, our 4-hour bus ride to Cartagena begins to draw to a close as we reach the outskirts of the city. On the edge of the highway, black Colombians have established swamp-side communities where homes are made from tin and tarp, adjacent to yards littered with heaps of trash. More
Something happens in the jungle at the faintest hint of dusk: the once quiet atmosphere begins to reverberate with a chorus of insects and howler monkeys, all simultaneously as if on cue. I’ll never forget the moment I first heard the jungle choir. We were six deep – me and my husband, my brother and his girlfriend, and another American couple from D.C. – walking through the jungle at dusk, frantically making mental calculations as to how much time we had before the darkness of night would envelop us. More
Colombia, Santa Marta, South America bolivia, colombia, ecuador, el trapiche, freedom, house, independence, liberation, museum, Panama, peru, santa marta, simon bolivar. joaquin de mier, south america, spain, venezuela
Imagine inviting a great leader to be your house guest, only to have him die while in your care. That’s exactly what happened when Joaquin de Mier, a Spanish supporter of Colombia’s independence, invited El Libertador – the great Simón Bolivar – to stay at his home, Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, in Santa Marta. More
Santa Marta. It doesn’t live up to the picture that critics paint of Colombia. You know – the image of Colombia as a dangerous, violent country that’s still plagued by its drug-ridden past. To be fair, this isn’t entirely an inaccurate depiction. But what’s not as widely publicized is the fact that the country is taking great strides to improve its infrastructure so as to make itself more appealing to tourists. More
Is it a palace, or is it a hotel?
Let’s just say, the Emirates Palace is a palatial hotel. From its name and the looks of it from the outside, you’d never guess that the Emirates Palace is just a hotel; it’s fit for a sheikh, and the estimated $3 billion it cost to build it is proof enough. More
life with that girl carmel, Miscellaneous anniversary, business, daisy lewellyn, death, dreams, entrepreneur, goals, hannah bronfman, lemonade, life, loss, love, pink pangea, prince, real estate, the arts, travel deals
I don’t know about you, but April has been my hardest month of 2016 so far. Don’t get me wrong – April was really good. But it was an emotional rollercoaster filled with some really high highs and some really low lows. Since I like to end things on a positive note, let’s start with the lows, shall we? More
When in Ojai, for a quick education in olives, a visit to the Ojai Olive Oil Company is essential.
You may be wondering: Why would anyone want to learn about olives? Well, for the same reason people want to learn about wine. More
L.A. never ceases to amaze me. Although it’s smoggy, over-populated, and traffic-plagued, the fact that there’s never a dull moment in this city definitely works in its favor. There’s always something new to discover here – whether it’s a new restaurant, a new museum with beyond dope exhibits, places we’ve passed by a gazillion times without really taking the time to fully appreciate them, or neighborhoods we know of or have driven through without ever really poking around before…until now. More