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Chandra Hoffman has been an orphanage relief worker in Romania, a horse trainer in the Caribbean, a short order cook in a third world hospital, the director of a U.S. adoption program and an event planner for Philadelphia's Main Line elite.

Sprinkled with a dusting of wanderlust and a thirst for authentic experience, Chandra has lived in eleven international cities. This year, she journeys to a remote island off the coast of Honduras with her husband, three young children and their ever-changing menagerie.

To follow along on her journey or learn about her novel, Chosen (Harper Collins, 2010) visit For more on Chandra Hoffman and "Chosen" visit her website.

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UTILA, Isla de Bahia: The Authentic Island Experience Still Exists

(6) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 8:42 AM

This tiny island is not the Caribbean of the $16 piña colada or the orchestrated see-only-what-the-cruise-operators-want-you-to-see routes. There are no behemoth ships in port here because the islanders (approximately 2,500) don't want them. Head to sister island Roatan for mainstream tourism, canopy tour excursions and higher prices. Visit Utila if...

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One Tiny Island, a World Record Human Pyramid

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 5:06 PM

Off the coast of Honduras, 18 miles and a world away, sits Isla de Utila, the smallest of three Bay Islands. Known for its nightlife and regular underwater encounters with the ocean's gentle giant whale sharks, Utila attracts backpackers and SCUBA divers to its turquoise water. Dive shops...

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La Vida Tranquila -- Why I'm Homeschooling my Kids in Honduras

(13) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 5:13 PM

This year, I am homeschooling my three children, ages 10, 7 and 5, on an extended international adventure. We moved to a remote coast, accessible only by boat, on the south shore of Utila, a small island off the coast of Honduras. We are here for my husband's work, but...

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La Vida Tranquila -- The Things We Carried

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 2:15 PM

Part of the challenge of this adventure is about learning to live with much less. Specifically, how to pack five people into five bags that weigh less than fifty pounds and can fit in the tail of a six-seater Cessna 210. Clothes and toothbrushes, the things that typically...

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La Vida Tranquila -- One Family's Pursuit of Paradise

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 7:02 PM

Part One -- The Adventure Begins

In 1998, I left a boyfriend who said he couldn't commit to anything more than putting food in the cat's bowl. We were in our early twenties and living in the Cayman Islands. I trained horses and worked the breakfast shift...

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It's TIME to Talk About Breasts (and Attachment Parenting)

(13) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 3:48 PM

Warning: you are going to see some breasts.*

*If you are a man, this means Warning: open this magazine or you will miss some foxy side-boob.

That's what TIME magazine really meant by putting this photo on the cover in a photo shoot and article about attachment parenting...

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From Cornell to a Romanian Orphanage

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 4:09 PM

This story began in college with a trail of opportunities that shaped both my life, and more recently, a novel. In 1995 I was a year from graduating when I connected with a Harvard professor seeking an aide worker to go into a Romanian orphanage where her own adoption was...

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