South American Cruise: Penguin Rookery at Punta Tombo National Reserve, Argentina

South American Cruise_ Penguin Rookery at Punta Tombo National Reserve Argentina
Visiting a penguin rookery is an amazing adventure! Continue reading

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South America Cruise: Adventures in Punta Del Este, Uruguay

South America Cruise_ Adventures in Punta Del Este, Uruguay
If you’re like me, you’ve never heard of Punta Del Este, Uruguay. (It’s very close to Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

I went there on a cruise around South America, and discovered it’s a very cool place. Here’s my story: Continue reading

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Fun New Fitness Activity: Disc Golfing with Frisbees

Fun New Fitness Activity Disc Golfing with Frisbees

If you can walk and throw a frisbee, you can take part in one of the latest fitness activities — disc (frisbee) golfing!

There’s probably a course or two in your area — and this type of golf doesn’t require expensive equipment or costly greens fees, so it’s a sport the whole family can enjoy. Continue reading

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I Am the Woman I Am Today Because My Mother…

I Am the Woman I Am Today Because My Mother

  • Always made me return the shopping cart to the store. She said only lazy people left them in the parking lot (horrors).

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South America Cruise Buenos Aires Shore Excursion

South American Cruise Buenos Aires Shore Excursion

When we arrived in South America, we took a bus from the airport to the cruise ship docked in the terminal in Buenos Aires to begin our adventure. Continue reading

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Crown Princess Review: South America Cruise

Crown Princess Review

Took a once-in-a-lifetime 14-night cruise around South America on the Crown Princess — and it was fabulous! Here’s a review of the ship: Continue reading

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Never Lose Your Keys Again with Tile Mate

Never Lose Your Keys Again with Tile Mate

If you’re like me, every five or ten years, you lose your key ring and everything on it — and it always happens at an inopportune time.

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Blown Away by January 21st Women’s March on Washington

 Blown Away by January 21st Women’s March on Washington

Millions of women (and men and children) around the world joined in the Women’s March today — Jan. 21, 2017 — in solidarity to stand up for women’s rights and to send a powerful message to recently sworn-in President Donald Trump and all other men who belittle, insult and degrade women by their attitudes, their words and their actions.

I’m blown away by each and every one of the participants and the intensity of their beliefs.

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A Tribute to Amazing Women, Fabulous Females in My Life

A Tribute to amazing women fabulous females in my life

I have the honor of knowing a number of amazing women.

They’re not TV stars, supermodels or national celebrities, but each one has my respect and admiration for a life well lived and for being a fabulous female and an inspiring role model. Continue reading

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12 Inexpensive Ways to Learn a Foreign Language

12 Inexpensive Ways to Learn a Foreign Language

I’m scheduled to take a trip-of-a-lifetime cruise  this year and am intent on finding inexpensive ways to learn a foreign language before I go. My goal is to learn as much Spanish as possible beforehand sailing around South America – and to continue to learn more afterwards.

Being a thrifty student, I want to stick to free or low-cost Spanish language training and forego expensive classes.

If you’re trying to learn a new language on the cheap, too, here are some things to try:

  1. Books (from the library and new/used on amazon.com)
  2. CDs (from the library and new/used on amazon.com)
  3. Kid’s “learn Spanish” videos (free from the library) — don’t laugh! If you know nothing, these are great.
  4. Songs on CD (stumbled across a “learn Spanish from music” CD at the thrift store for $2.99). The alphabet song worked to learn ABCs; why not learn Spanish by singing songs like “La Bamba”?
  5. Spanish-speaking meetup groups (there’s a local one run by a person who gives Spanish classes and offers tutoring, but I haven’t attended a get-together yet). She charges a very small fee (about $2) to attend the coffee, lunch and other meetings — and there are various conversation sessions for beginners and advanced students. Join other people whose goal is to accomplish the same thing you want to do!
  6. Spanish word-a-day calendar (bought two different ones — one for home and one for work) — best to buy 1/2 price after Christmas
  7. Spanish phrase-a-day calendar — best to buy 1/2 price after Christmas
  8. Online lists of top 100, 400 or 1000 most common Spanish words
  9. Online lists of words that are the same or similar (cognates) in both English and Spanish; once you find this, you’ll realize you already know a LOT of words (except you don’t know how to pronounce them correctly… but you can Google that)
  10. Free online flash cards and quizzes  — lots of choices there
  11. Free online language training
  12. Free email-a-day language training, where you receive a different word to learn every day. Some sites send daily emails and give you tips on ways to memorize words! For example, bañar means ‘to bathe’ and to remember it, imagine Antonio BANderas bathing in the bath, playing his BANJO!

I bought two sets of CDs with related books on Amazon, using the theory that each set of CDs would teach me different things, even if they were both geared for beginners. And they have!

Have always been a fan of the Dummies series of books, so one set of the CDs and books is Spanish for Dummies.

I play the “learning Spanish” CDs in the car going to and from work every day, and am happy to report that the “light bulb” keeps going on more and more, as I get grammar tips and vocabulary words from them. Doing that and using online flash cards and quizzes to reinforce what is on the CDs, as well as learning from the calendars and books, really seems to be working!

Will let you know for certain how everything turns out after the trip! Hasta luego!

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