Countdown to Uruguay!

My husband just called from Houston Airport. His flight to Lima is about to leave.  My journey begins on August 31st, when I fly to Montevideo and spend two months in Atlantida, studying Spanish at Spanish Uruguay. While I’m there, I hope to revisit places I adore, such as Colonia!


A private residence in Colonia


And in the nick of time, my latest Uruguay article appeared on Bootsnall

Uruguay: 7 Big Ways to Experience this Small Country

Pre Season Ski Fitness

Writing opens many doors. After my ski fitness book was published, I received an offer to teach a ski conditioning week at Portillo Chile. Portillo is the summer training grounds for many professional ski teams, and Mark and I were there when the Austrian team was in training. I was pleased to see that Hermann Maier’s  personal trainer used a similar stability ball and balance training program similar to the ones that I taught my students.

As the middle of August approaches, serious skiers should get ready for the slopes with a pre-season training program. Here are a few suggestions:


Ski Endurance Training

Core: The Key to Balance                                              

Skiing Exercises at Home

Skiing Fitness Exercises

Feet of Accomplishment

Dynamic Fitness for Dynamic Skiers

Why Uruguay?

My husband and I are considering relocation to Uruguay. People don’t quite know how to respond when we tell them this, but most ask,  “Why Uruguay?” After visiting the country and doing extensive research, we discovered that Uruguay:

But that’s only part of the reason. It’s often the intangibles that draw us to a place, and Uruguay is the first place I’ve visited that has a pull as strong as Colorado. Thus, in September, I plan to spend two months in Atlantida, Uruguay, where I plan to study Spanish at Spanish Uruguay. an organization that also arranges your lodging venue.

I saw a picture of the apartment complex where I will be staying, and inadvertently discovered that it’s called Isla Negra. Googling Isla Negra led to this  romantic story about the poet Pablo Neruda. I feel a novel inspiration brewing in my irreverent mind.

If you are thinking of visiting Uruguay, here are some of my impressions of the different cities:


This was our second trip to Colonia. We visited once before, on a day trip from Buenos Aires. This time, we loved it even more. Cobblestone streets wind through the historic town, where friendly and affectionate dogs act as unofficial  tour guides. Traffic moves slowly, and people actually slow down as you cross the street. Local artisans sell their crafts at the permanent street markets. One bedroom apartments average at about $700 a month. Very possible to buy a small house for under $100,000.


I grew up in NYC, and spent nine years in Boston.Then, we lived in the Colorado mountains for six years, spent a year in a suburb of Raleigh and currently live in a quiet town in the PNW. I am no  longer streetwise enough for noisy fast-paced cities. Montevideo is like NYC in the 1970s. Garbage fills the streets, and nobody cleans up after their dog. Everybody smokes, and the smoke combines with the traffic fumes. Nobody slows down when you cross the street. The hotels keep their front doors locked. It’s a fun and exciting place, but it’s not me. The outer sections, such as Pocitos and Malvin are a bit calmer. Rents  seem  to start at about 800. There’s a lovely apartment hotel, managed by English speaking people. They charge $1,000 a month for a tiny studio, which comes with  Internet access.


Look up paradise in the dictionary, and you will see Piriapolis. Here, palm trees and pine trees harmonize with small mountains and oceans. It becomes a beach resort in the summer, which in South America begins in November. We stayed at a friend’s home, which had a view of the ocean. I did not want to leave. Houses begin at about $100,000, but some are cheaper. Renting poses interesting dilemmas. It’s cheaper in the off-season, about $400 to $800, but more expensive in high season. Immaculate and beautiful.

La Paloma

La Paloma grows on you. It is also a beach town, but even quieter than Piriapolis in off season. This stunning little town has an interesting architectural mix, which combines, pastel cottages with thatched roofs, small homes and one large apartment building. You can buy a two bedroom home for about $85,000, or an apartment for $62,000.

Punta del Este

A beach town with high rises all over the place. Looks like Fort  Lauderdale. We drove through without stopping. Enough said.

Here are some of my Uruguay articles. More are coming in September and October.

Camping in La Paloma

Things to Do in Colonia Del Sacramento

Lodging in Montevideo


My heart will always be in Colorado. I owned a fitness studio here, worked as a tour guide for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, as a mentor for Snowsport Outreach Society , a a surveyor for Copper Mountain and an actress at the Backstage Theatre. It was the most wonderful and most devastating time in my life. Colorado has my heart, but my heart can’t handle the altitude in large doses. I continue to write about it and sing its praises.  If you plan to visit, be sure to pick up a copy of my book, Breckenridge: A Guide to the Sights and Slopes of Summit County and my Visual Podcast Tour of Breckenridge.


My Colorado articles:

Historic Breckenridge

Five Small Mountain Towns From Denver

Do It Like a Local In Denver

Breckenridge with Tweens: A Perfect Family Day

Breckenridge With Kids: A Perfect Family Day

Summer Music Festivals in Colorado

Discount Hotels in Colorado

Things to Do In Breckenridge Colorado

Estes Park Vacation Guide

Train Tours in Colorado

Welcome to My World

What a long strange trip it’s been. Wiser words have never been spoken.  One day, it will all make sense, but for now, I almost enjoy the state of perpetual wonder.  I’d rather ask “What’s it all about?” than “Is that all there is?”

So who am I? I was born in New York City, and have lived in Boston, Colorado, North Carolina and Washington State. I entered the fitness industry in 1973, back when Ms. Fonda was still hanging out with Ho Chi Minh, and I continue to write hopefully informative and enlightening fitness and travel articles. My books include:

Breckenridge: A Guide to the Sights and Slopes of Summit County

Winter Fitness: Mastering Life Through Love of the Slopes

Loveland: A Novel of Colorado

Victorian Breckenridge: A Visual Podcast

If  my name sounds vaguely familiar,  you might have seen my work in publications such as Aspen Magazine, HerSports, 32Degrees, Fitness Plus and other print and online publications.

I created this blog to share my published work and expertise with my readers.