A Trip to Cuba

January of 2017 I went on a seven-day cultural tour with Cuba Explorer. Our fabulous guide Rosie greeted us and took us to the Hotel Presidente, built in 1927 and remodeled in 2000. We tasted our first mojito in the Plaza Vieja in old town Havana. One evening we enjoyed the amazing group La Buena…

Exploring the Many Hispanic Cuisines of Southern California

We are so lucky to live in California, where the weather is always nice and the Spanish-speaking world is all around us. You would be amazed at how many Spanish speaking and Spanish restaurants can be found in Southern California.We can find a lot more than just wonderful Mexican cafes and Salvadorian pupuserías. With a…

The World as your Classroom

Squeals of pure joy as the mist from the Magic Fountain drenches us on a warm, perfect night in Barcelona. A look of sheer bliss as my favorite student savors his new favorite food – jamón serrano. Wide-eyed wonder (and a few tears) as sweet teenage girls come face-to-face with Van Gogh in the Musée…

Summer China Travel and Teaching Program

The Summer China Travel and Teaching Program is an educational program that promotes US-China cultural exchange and EFL education in China.  I had this unique experience to tour in China in exchange for providing 12 days of English instruction for Chinese students in 2008 in Tongxiang, and again in 2011 in Nanjing. I taught English…

Paris in SoCal!

Wonderful gastronomic recommendations from COACH Team Members Silvia Battigalli and Christine Chesnot Silvia’s recommendations… Babette Bakery: Miam, Miam! 1404 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813 It is great to have this wonderful bakery just a block from the school where I teach. Every time I organize a ‘dégustation’ for my classes, I can pop in…

Travels with Herr Harrell: Serendipity in Small-town Germany

I was travelling on a rail pass and wanted to visit the small German town of Detmold so I could see the Arminius memorial and falconry center there. Arriving on Saturday afternoon from Cologne, I figured I could find a room in a small hotel or bed and breakfast. Little did I know that there…