Cindy Hoedel

Cindy Hoedel: Five things I will miss most about an isolated Cuba

Historic changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba are coming. Having traveled legally to the island in 2002, my feelings about the breakthrough are mixed. As I watched President Obama outline his vision of increased travel and commerce between our countries, I couldn’t kick the sensation that — poof! — one of the world’s last truly exotic destinations has vanished.

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New York piles the presents high

The Big Apple is a metropolis for all seasons. In a 2000 film, Richard Gere and Winona Ryder spent "Autumn in New York." "Sex in the City's" fab four - Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte, in their flowery frocks and strappy sandals - seem to live in a perpetual Manhattan spring/summer.

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Magical mystery on the Sea of Cortez

What are people doing today and tomorrow at the Villa del Palmar, the mystery resort you've never heard of, south of Loreto, on Mexico's Gulf of California? For some, the answer is "nothing."

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