Panama

My first meeting was with Procasa, a family-owned, vertically integrated development company that's been around since the 1970s. Elias, the founder's son and heir-apparent, had a driver pick me up from the airport and take me to his office. Sensing my time crunch, he immediately began showing me several completed projects so I could get a feel for their quality of work. Elias' father Isaac, the President and founder, is an architect by trade and has designed some of the more exquisite buildings in the city. The family had a gold-mine in the 80s: Isaac designed and constructed a high-quality residence building just in time for the American invasion. In the subsequent military occupation that spanned two decades, Isaac rented his units at tremendous profit to American officers who did not reside in military quarters. After the Army left, the family converted the building into condominiums...

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Marshall Islands

I don't know what your motivation is in wanting to escape to exotic lands, meet new friends and experience special cultures and customs but, for me I was just tired of the same old same old. I had lost my fiance to another man. No she didn't die, although that probably would have been better - I caught her with another man, honestly! I was burnt out of my law enforcement job in a large urban city and the one way 45 minute drive to work every morning left me with just enough time to realize I really wasn't where I was supposed to be...

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Education, Travel and Finance

Today, loans are the largest form of student aid, making up 52 percent of the total aid awarded each year. Most students can expect to receive a loan as part of a financial aid package. There are two broad categories of loans; loans based on financial need and loans not based on financial need. Some colleges will include one or more of these loans in your child's award letter. When reviewing your child's aid, these loans should be removed and put to the side. When you calculate your family's share of costs, you may find that it is more than you can afford - if so, it's time to consider these loans...

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A James Bond Cruise

Over the years I have heard family and friends rave about their experiences on a cruise vacation. They tell stories about the exotic ports that they have visited and extol the benefits of having to only unpack once while visiting multiple destinations, and of course, the food. Every single person I have ever head talk about a cruise mentions the food and the fact that all of it is included in the price of the cruise. As a gaming writer, I've had the opportunity to travel to some exciting destinations and I have taken my share of enjoyable vacations, but I had never been on a cruise. I decided it was time I find out what all the hoopla of was about, and book a cruise.

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Mexico

If you follow the news at all, you know that Mexico is changing and evolving at a rapid pace. A once wide-open attitude concerning sales of controlled medicines has now become far more disciplined and structured. As a result, much of the so-called "information" being passed around by word of mouth and via the internet about buying meds in Mexico is really just rumor and wishful thinking. In order to provide travelers with accurate and timely information, and also to help them avoid getting into serious trouble, we called upon a much more qualified expert, our friend David Eidell. David's personal experience and extensive research on health care and medical issues in Mexico makes him uniquely qualified to write about buying medications. David's knowledge is also first-hand. In fact, he lives so close to Mexico that he crosses the border and does his laundry there...

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