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5 Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas

Be warned. These “5 Things to Do in Cabo” might render you a pariah to the indigenous folk, your family and all who know you.  1. Ignore the “Danger Don’t Swim” Signs at the Resort and Dive Into the Ocean

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The Lengths I’ll Go to Try to Impress You (& be of service)

I like to brag. And every now and them I’m a cowgirl who’s all hat and no cattle. But I did something I didn’t think I could do in the video below, see if you can do it with me!

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Volunteering in Syrian Refugee Camps

Excerpt: “Things get real when I’m handed the three-year-old son of the pregnant woman …

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How Syrian Refugees can Trump Donald Trump (hint: a mouse)

“But Sunni and Shia death squads began targeting Iraqis working for the coalition …

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This is What Syrian Refugees Look Like (Slideshow)

Thanks to the Paris terror attacks and the more recent mass shooting in San Bernardino by two Muslims, Syrian refugees are all over the news …

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Syrian Men Become Refugees to Avoid Becoming Terrorists (video)

“The men, ages 20 to 25, were weak from three days without food and water, were soaked to the skin from a treacherous sea crossing from Turkey …

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I Was Told Not to Help Syrian Refugees

My father cursed me. I was departing to volunteer and gather stories in Syrian refugee camps in Lesvos, Greece …

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What I Found in the Syrian Refugee Camps

“I have my own story. One I’ve replayed in my head when dread lodges in my body while I watch the scenes of horror in Paris unfold on TV …

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Top 14 Things To Do In Italy

You will get lost in Rome. You will get lost in Florence. You will get lost in San Gimignano and anywhere there is a paved road or a goat trail. And it won’t be charming.

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What to do in London

During one particularly gruesome scene, a character, who’d also provided comic relief, kills himself by slitting both wrists …

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I Went in for a Massage and Might Have had a Happy Ending (London)

Thwackah! This was the sound of the 4′ 6′ Shimura whipping both sheets off me like a magician revealing the fact he’s made his assistant disappear.

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How to Have a Threesome in Vietnam!

The room was dark and quiet and I could hear the familiar sound of sleeping bodies around me. But there was another noise as well. In the bunk above me. Oh God, please no. The wet fluid sound of movement.

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A Night at The Shining Hotel

All I really seem to crave right now is some warm milk and a Thai caning. Neither of which I am capable of purloining in The Peery Hotel aka The Overlook Hotel in The Shining. I may not survive the night.

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Au Revoir Paris, Time to Get Organized for 2014.

Leaving Paris to go home and: 1. Set up mammogram. 2. Set up doctor appointment to remove child’s warts. 3. Figure out Obama Care. 4. Pick up cats from kennel 5. Mainline crack.

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6 Ways to Keep Kids Happy on Vacation in Paris While Enjoying It Yourself

Welcome to my Traveling With Kids In Paris series: This year our vacation has been to Paris over the kids’ winter break. Here are my 6 tried-and-true ways to keep your kids happy on vacation while still being able to

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Traveling With Kids in Paris

Shhh. I’m hiding in an internet cafe on Rue Thouin across the street from the apartment we’re renting on the Left Bank in the Latin Quarter in Paris. Henry left us for the day to travel to Verdun. He’s meeting

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Happy New Year 2014 From TWFKAB! (Photos)

We’re heading to Paris Tomorrow! It sounds sexy, but I promise to vomit on the plane and have an affair with Gerard Depardieu who will give me the Clap, because I don’t want you to be jealous of me in

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People We Love In Africa

Back to Los Angeles After a South African Safari After a butt-numbing 36-hour travel day (which, technically makes it “days”), we are home from our African adventure. If you want to read about our romantic, intrepid, grabbing-life-by-the-cajones safari with lots

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I Can Talk To The Animals: Last Day of Safari

Guess what? After two weeks photographing the animals on safari, I can hear their thoughts! Today we fly home. Blech. Last night we had our final dinner out in the bush. This is how the Moon Looked Our field ranger,

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Lion Sands 1933 Lodge at Sabi Sands: Here, I Am Megan Fox

We’re nearing the end of our trip. I’m in mourning. When traveling, I become romantic and bold. My hat sits at a jauntier angle. I think it’s a good idea to buy some lacy g-strings, despite the post-pregnancy hemorrhoids. My

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Heading to Hippo Country: Safari Day 11

They had to pry me out of our More Quarters Hotel apartment in Cape Town by the bloody stumps of my fingers. People in Cape Town – and the whole of South Africa actually – are pathologically chipper, laid back

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Wine Tasting and Cheetah Petting in Cape Town, South Africa

Traveling can be The Agony and The Ecstasy. Just so you don’t want to garrote us for galavanting in the sub-tropical South African veld, here’s a little Agony. The Holy Land But then, after a five-hour jostling coach ride and

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Safari at Madikwe Lodge: Will The 7-Ton Elephant Bull In Musth Charge?

I never understood why anyone would fly 24-hours from California to the African bush only to potentially be eaten.   After three days at the Madikwe Safari Lodge I get it. The person who comes between you and a she-lion

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South African Safari Now! Days 4 & 5

I write this missive from the veranda of the Lelapa Lodge in Madikwe. It overlooks the South African safari bush. The air is redolent of  desert rains, my soundtrack, the twittering, screeching and singing of over a thousand avian choristers,

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Safari Bound: Days Two and Three

Hello, South Africa! After a six-hour flight from Los Angles to New York, and a fourteen-hour flight from New York to Johannesburg, the eagles have landed! Three mom bloggers, five kids, two mothers-in-law, one father-in-law and three husbands. Over the

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