Costa Rica

Photo of macaw by Luis Jose Parajeles. February-March 2019 Arnie and I traveled to Costa Rica, one of our favorite countries, in winter 2019.  We divided our time between two  ecolodges run by the Cayuga Collection, eight independently owned resorts in Central America.  Our first stop was Arenas del Mar in Quepos, near Manuel Antonio National Park, with a 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean from every vantage point.  The hotel owns part of the beach for surfing and part for swimming, ... Continue Reading


  My husband and I had a spectacular visit to Nicaragua in February 2018.  We stayed for just over two weeks at Jicaro Ecolodge, a nine-casita hotel on Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America and the 19th largest lake in the world.  Located inland, the lake is closer to the Pacific Ocean side of Nicaragua than to the Atlantic side. The casitas are two stories, with a mosquito-netted bed upstairs and a living room, bathroom, and storage area downstairs.  (Though we ... Continue Reading


Uruguay is a beautiful, exciting country with a varied landscape and good government, where the cows outnumber the people by a ratio of 10:1. My good friend Cecilia greeted us upon our arrival in Montevideo during Carnaval and immediately introduced us to a traditional murga in a lovely open-air theatre.  Below is a murga I would like to share with you.  I hope you will enjoy this as much as we did. Cecilia also took us to the Carnaval Museum (see papier mâché figures below), a ... Continue Reading


Buenos Aires Plaza de Mayo Main Square with its old cabildo; “Casa Rosada” Presidential Palace and Cathedral; the elegant residential neighborhoods of Recoleta with its famed Cemetery boasting amazing mausoleums and statuary; the curvy streets of Palermo with its townhouses and blooming trees and the wide 9th of July Avenue. Take a rest stop at Café Tortoni- founded in 1858 it is Argentina’s oldest coffee shop.  Palermo Viejo  is probably the best known of the new hip ... Continue Reading


Our trip to Peru, organized for us by the wonderful Inkaterra,  was phenomenal and included: Lima, the exciting capital on the Pacific Ocean Cuzco, the exquisite and enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Center, developed under the Inca ruler Pachacutec into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions, stayed at Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel, run by a marvelous Peruvian hotel company Macchu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the ... Continue Reading


  Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, 2007 In 2007, my colleagues Harris Berman, M.D., Dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, Judi Donnelly, and I worked with the board and staff of the leading hospital in Latin America, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in the Morumbi neighborhood of São Paulo, to develop a new strategic plan.  In the years since then, the hospital leadership has successfully implemented many of the recommendat... Continue Reading


We traveled to Guatemala in 1999 for a meeting of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, Board of Directors, on which I had the honor of serving.  The meeting was held in Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Antigua is an exquisite colonial city with a beautiful square, charming hotels, terrific restaurants, shops, and crafts markets, and several excellent language schools where people come from far and wide for Spanish immersion classes.  The IPPF ... Continue Reading