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Authentic Spanish gazpacho is a real treat in the heat of the summer. Cool, flavorful, and very refreshing, this chilled soup is the perfect light summer dish. Serve with a fresh green salad and some crusty bread to round out your meal. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and other beneficial antioxidants, which bolster your skin’s defenses again the sun. Load…

A Million Steps

Making a pilgrimage has a special allure for those seeking spiritual health and physical well-being, and the 500 mile path along the northern tier of Spain known as the Camino de Santiago draws a global crowd of pilgrims. A new, detailed first-hand account of the trek entitled A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz sweeps readers along step-by-step through the daily…

“Getting there is half the fun” is not really something that applies to international travel – passing through multiple time zones and dealing with other vagaries of travel can be very stressful. And the stress of flying will very likely be ratcheted up next week. Travelers moving through major U.S. airports will face fairly extreme delays brought about by federal…

We are in the dead of winter. Brrrr. As the cold descends over most of the U.S., a lot of people are dreaming of sunshine and sand, looking to escape town for a few days to bask in warmth on a beach somewhere… anywhere. However, we very often associate a beach vacation with inactivity, overindulgence and generally less-than-fit activities. But…

If you’ve seen any newspaper, news website or news program this week you’ve surely seen the headline “Eurozone In Crisis.” These are tumultuous economic and political times in France, Greece and Spain and the repercussions are being felt across Europe. Many are saying this past week’s elections in France and Greece are repudiations of the continent-wide austerity measures, and the…

If you are planning your next international trip, it will likely be a 2012 event. In anticipation, National Geographic Traveler magazine has tapped twenty destinations as Best of the World 2012. There’s something for everyone, and they all hold promise for improving mind, body and spirit for those who make the trip. You can visit the picture gallery online to…

An unusually toxic version of the “Montezuma’s revenge” bacteria known as enterohemorrhagic E. coli, or EHEC, is sweeping Europe this week and is now thought to be responsible for at least 17 deaths and over 1,500 cases of severe illness known as “hemolytic uremic syndrome.” The World Health Organization (WHO) said cases of the E. coli illness have been reported…

As a desperate power struggle unfolds in Libya, its neighbors fear hundreds of thousands may flee across the Mediterranean to seek asylum in Italy, Cyprus, France, Greece, Malta and Spain. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said the region should brace for a “biblical exodus” because one-third of Libya’s population—2.5 million people—are recent immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa who are now caught…

Last August, we blogged about the increase in jellyfish encounters around the world – especially citing abundant reports from Spain and the surrounding Mediterranean region.  This issue has resurfaced (pun intended!) one year later as reports rolled in this week that the number of swimmers on Spain’s Costa Blanca reporting jellyfish stings has leaped from a typical five to nearly…

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