Packing my bags for Curaçao, I threw in a bathing suit, a coverup, sunscreen and magazines. I was expecting to relax all weekend on the beach, cocktail in hand.
I wasn’t expecting to eat iguana (a Curaçaon delicacy), hold an ostrich egg or interact with the island’s more than 50 different cultures. One of the travelers from our crew described it perfectly when she said our trip was worthy of an episode of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”
Stay Active – It’s easy to get caught up in the business of the holiday season and stop working out. Make exercise your priority. Not only will it keep off those pounds but it’s great for clearing your mind of stress.
Take Your Vitamins – Our bodies get run down because of stress. Make sure you’re taking care of the basics by taking a multivitamin.
Portion Control – It’s OK to indulge a little bit but abide by the “three bite rule.” Pick your favorite things and take three bites of whatever you like when you’re at holiday parties.
The lights are dim, the symphony music soft and demure, the elaborate junkyard stage is uninhabited except for one gorgeous snow-white female cat, Victoria, the White Cat, performing a demanding ballet solo with long, outstretched legs when my then 4-year-old yells from the fourth row, “Mommy, look at how long her legs are!” A little embarrassed after the roar of laughter, I explained to my son that it was live theater and that you have to be quiet. It was all he could do to contain himself the rest of the show.
ABOUT THE DRINK
Midnight in Nantucket with muddled watermelon: Fresh basil
1 1/2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce fresh agave
Shake over ice; strain into rocks glass. Garnish with basil.
WHO: Record producer, recording engineer and Power Station Studios founder Tony Bongiovi
Some are calling it the new Costa Rica.
I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but from what I’ve seen and heard, Panama definitely rivals it – in beauty, history and adventure.
Visitors and residents can sense that the country is on the cusp of something great. And after four days of exploring Panama, so could I.
The country celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the famed Panama Canal in August and is in the middle of a massive project to expand the locks to accommodate heavier, larger ships.
1. Reduces stress more effectively than traditional yoga
The connection to nature helps to relax participants in a way that is typically not reached in a yoga studio, ultimately helping participants to reach a more meditative state of mind, Pytleski says. “It’s a little bit more fun, and people tend to take paddleboard yoga a little less seriously, so they’re more relaxed and they get a few good laughs in,” she says. “Laughter is always the best medicine for any ailment.”
2. Clears your mind