San Sebastian: Basqueing In The Sun

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San Sebastian (Basque name: Donostia) is an embarrassment of riches kind of town in Spain. Located on the Bay of Biscay down the shore from the border with France, a gentle scallop-shaped beach is protected from waves by an island that protects a quaint ocean inlet. San Sebastian established its resort bona fides in the 1860s when Spanish royalty (taking …

When Will You Conform?

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The math of wealth is based on earning, saving and investing. The art of feeling wealthy is about the stealthy accumulation of marginal gains, disciplined spending habits based on parsimony, and relishing the weight in your pocket of those small figurative and literal coins others will not deign to pick up. Southern California in late November: sunshine, 80 degrees, wearing …

Reflections On Family Travel In Spain

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The saying above is one of my favorites from Gasem, a gadfly,  friend and frequent guest-poster. As a post college graduation gift, armed with an airline ticket gifted by an uncle who was generous with stockpiled frequent flier miles and a Eurail pass from my parents, I took my inaugural trip to Europe as a solo urban backpacker. The trip …

Change Habits By Altering Your Environment

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Jerome Groopman, a Harvard Professor of Medicine, recently wrote in his capacity as staff writer for the New Yorker about using science to change habits. The piece provided insights and support from the literature about why certain strategies (from financial to healthy living) work while others fail. One fascinating aspect was a new understanding of the famous Stanford marshmallow experiment. …