Category: Travel

Vaccinations Don't Always Work --Covid-19 Jab and Immune Deficiency

As people get vaccinated by varying rules depending on their state, the lucky lottery vaccinated winners begin to speculate what life will be like when they are able to get back to normal in summer. Won’t that be wonderful?  Normal. Oh, to be normal.  Having a primary immune deficiency, my immune system is not normal.... Read more »

The Maids of Latin America (Peru)

While living in Guayaquil, Ecuador I was asked by an American friend, “Do you have a dishwasher?”  “Yes,” I responded. “Her name is Maria*. ”Once again my sense of humor didn’t amuse, but bemused a friend.   When we moved to Mexico City in 1995, our adolescent 14-year old son was outraged and angry with us... Read more »

Solid Gold Mother-in-Law Memory

My mother-in-law Beatrice was one of my favorite chums. Lucky me? You bet. Having heard firsthand about, not to mention read about many mother-in-law versus daughter-in-law wars, I knew I was very, very lucky. What was her trick? She genuinely liked people, including me. Her loving kindness toward me becoming my role model toward my... Read more »

The Cult of El Senor

Wherever we lived in Latin America, the power always centered around El Señor. Whoever he was, whatever he did, it always was the same, the culture believed that El Señor magically always knew best. Very “Father Knows Best” of the 1950s, but then the Latin America of my time was just like that.  So it... Read more »

The Coronavirus Cheesecake

When the coronavirus seeped into life cloistering both friends and family, my original plan for my husband’s very special 70th birthday broke like a fresh merengue dropped on the floor. No longer would his sister roll over from the neighboring Berkshires for dinner and a dessert from her favorite bakery’s very special cheesecake of various... Read more »

Cabin Fever, Stress & the Coronavirus

As the uninvited visitor stalks the streets of America, how do we deal with the stress of the pale rider known as the coronavirus? Time to dust off another skill I developed whilst living abroad for 20 years. Without a work visa or the ability to get one, I had to find other ways to... Read more »

Welcome to 3rd World America in the time of coronavirus

Having for years said that the USA had devolved into a third world, banana republic, tragically in these chaotic days of coronavirus this is proving all too true. A young father in Brooklyn needed an adult thermometer, but couldn’t buy one for love or money either online or on the streets of New York City.... Read more »

Eating Like an Expat in the Time of Coronavirus

Caveat: I am not an expert in anything, but living abroad.  Having lived for 16 years in what some have undiplomatically call “shit holes”, how did I keep myself and my family healthy while eating a bounty of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables? Cleaning fruits and vegetables like an expat. Where the original suggestion... Read more »

Trumpistan; the American Banana Republic

To concur with more famous writers than I, no Americans want to live in a banana republic in America, neither Trumpers nor Never Trumpers. For raised in the heady feeling of freedom, we Americans are an entitled people who believe we have inalienable rights. In banana republic dictatorships, without a rule of law, the state... Read more »

Restaurants Won't Let Me Eat Out OR (My Meniere's Diet & Why Amazon Is My Grocer)

Who knew I’d be effectively banned from most restaurants due to salt, the major trigger of my inner ear Meniere’s disease. Not just the fast food, salt sodden-burgers and French fries ones, but (almost) all restaurants. Who knew so many restaurants don’t actually make food? Happily there are still some real restaurants. On a recent 3-generation outing.... Read more »
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    TIMELINE June 1972 to June 1973---Candace moves to Lima (Peru)----- June 1973 to May 1974---Candace and The Husband live in Glendale AZ----- May 1974 to August 1974---Living in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)----- September 1974 to May 1975---Living in Aberdeen SD----- May 1975 to July 1979---Living in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)----- July 1979 to June 1980---Living in Asuncion (Paraguay)----- June 1980 to September 1980---Living in NYC----- September 1980 to November 1982---Living in Connecticut----- November 1982 to January 1983---Living in Ponce, Puerto Rico (USA)----- February 1983 to July 1986---Living in Willemstad, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)----- July 1986 to July 1989---Living in Guayaquil (Ecuador)----- July 1989 to July 1995---Living in Connecticut (yes, again)----- July 1995 to August 2001---Living in Mexico City (Mexico)----- August 2001---Return to Gringolandia (a.k.a. United States of America)----- I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew I met a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, fell in love and moved to Peru in the 1970s. WHAT an adventure it's been!! NOTE: I gave up Facebook, so apologies that I cannot answer any comments since it is only set up via FB.

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