If the cleaning lady did half the things I think she does in my room, she wouldn't get more than two rooms done the entire day.
One of the best ways to defend ourselves against scammers is to know what their tricks are, and how to avoid them -- then you can go back to actually enjoying your vacation.
Because food can exclude or include people, it is also a way in which new people and cultures can be incorporated in our celebrations.
Yes, I realize it's March and it's completely inappropriate and unseasonal to wish someone "Merry Christmas" nine months in advance, but understand this -- I'm not wishing you a Merry Christmas because I should, I'm doing it because I can!
I have nothing but leprechaun love for Ireland, but around St. Patrick's Day it's still a little too chilly there for my liking, which has me dreaming of balmier emerald isles.
The Spring Equinox has long been observed as the start of a new year throughout much of the world, which only makes sense. New life. New beginnings. The spring, when birds lay their eggs, when plants and animals are born, when all of nature is refreshed, replenished, renewed, is a perfect time to begin a new year.
Simple ingredients like garlic and garden-fresh herbs allow the mushrooms' flavor to shine.
It's easy to feel drained or overstimulated during and after travel. Finding a tranquil place to relax and regroup during your trip is one of the most obvious ways to prevent mental or emotional burnout -- and keep every day of your vacation feeling (almost) like the first day you arrived.
I have bought into the mommy holiday madness. For the past few years, here is what goes on at our house every St. Patrick's Day...
The result was quite pleasant, wheaty but not overwhelmingly so.
What was once a holiday dedicated to the celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland has now become one of the biggest secular holidays celebrated around the world. Even halfway across the planet, Southern Californians are gearing up for a host of St. Patrick's Day parties in Los Angeles.
7. Have back-up plans. Have a Plan B to deal with everything from metro strikes and public rallies to lost luggage and closed attractions.
If you find that eating abroad causes you a lot of stress, you might find the following tips helpful.
The six islands comprising the Fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki, Finland, have the kind of forlorn beauty that one would expect in this pocket of Scandinavia -- and a quirky, varied culture all their own.
Sorry, Mr. President.
Once in a while, when I least expect it, a window cracks open in my mind and I suddenly see that some news story, some political event, or some aspect...