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Cuenca’s 3 De Noviembre celebrations are just a blast! We’re excited to enjoy this third year in Cuenca, and love the art and music. Street food is often a part of the celebration, so let’s celebrate in style, con salud en mente. Remember, “diet” is not a four-letter word signifying deprivation.  No, your diet describes...
In mid-September, Edie and I were traversing part of the countries lowlands as we worked our way up the coast from Salinas to San Lorenzo. As usual, we were on the look out for photo-ops but the atmospherics weren’t too accommodating. Eleven days of travel yielded eight rain days. Nonetheless, around the corner lay interesting...
By Robert Bradley I often traveled to northern Idaho ​when I was younger, ​and always loved it. ​I saw a​n incredible variety of migrating birds ​at rest in the wetlands of Lake Ponderay, or among the bugs in the aspens, hawthornes, and cottonwoods leading to the mountains. They relied on ingrained memory to guide them...
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer organizations, with a mission to increase awareness and to raise funds for breast cancer research into the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, breast cancer is the most common...
By Robert Bradley Artisan Craftsmanship has long been heralded as a defining characteristic of Cuenca. Marco Antonio Machado Delgado lived among the metal workers — a craft honed by his father and grandfather. As a very young boy, he would often spend the day in the home of a nearby family of weavers. He soon...
Does it seem to you that the only colds you get are after taking a plane ride? Me too! It may not be our imagination. SmarterTravel.com cites one study that showed a 20% increased risk of catching a cold after flying, while another study found that colds may be more than 100 times more likely...
By Robert Bradley I was stopped on the street the other day by a chap who did a double-take as he passed. He turned right around, called me by name, then asked if it was true. “Are you Robert Bradley?” “Why, yes, I am,” I replied, with a combination of surprise and dread. “Do you...
By Louis Bourgeois An important element of Conscious Living is the awakening and strengthening of the spiritual mind. This is our evolutionary imperative. We integrate the tribal and egoic levels of consciousness and then begin to develop our more expansive spiritual mind. Whereas the tribal mind is rooted on the physical body and survival issues,...
I apologize in advance for my rant redux today, but I’m just fed up…again! Here are my second bunch of worst of the worst manufactured foods that have no place in a healthy diet. For the previous four worst foods ever, click here, and weep. #4: Salad Dressings. Not all bottled salad dressings are bad,...
By Samantha North Annual leave is a foreign concept for branding strategist Julian Stubbs. He can travel whenever he feels like it and manage his business uninterrupted from anywhere in the world, including beaches, airports and parks. Originally from Cheltenham, England, Julian now lives in Sweden where he runs his own internet-based agency working with...
By Robert Bradley I’ve been busy producing an exhibition and art show for the Municipal Museum of Art Modern. VINCULO: Reunion de Arte y Artesanias Municipal Museum of Art Modern (MMAM) November 1 to  November 10 Working in consort with the University of Cuenca, VINCULO brings together artists and artisans in common cause to support...
Heart disease is the number one killer of middle-and upper-income men and women in North America, Latin America, and throughout the world.  An epidemic of obesity and its resulting complications, most importantly type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, increase the risk significantly. Smoking and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to heart disease risk too. How...

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