KARYN ARMSTEAD: IN FOR THE RIDE OF HER LIFE: TEEN EQUESTRIAN FROM CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE AN OLYMPIC HOPEFUL

Karyn Armstead with her horse Petro this year at  the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show after winning a blue ribbon in Dorset, Vermont. 

Photo courtesy of the Armstead Family

By Nadia Sellers, Contributing Writer

CHICAGO, IL — Karyn Armstead is not your ordinary teen, she’s actually quite extraordinary. Unlike most young ladies her age, Karyn already has her life planned out. In fact, she dreams of one day becoming an Olympic equestrian champion. 

Travel: Peeling back layers of history in Evora

The Chapel of Bones, at the Church of St. Francis, contains thousands of skulls and bones unearthed from various Evora churchyards. 

Photo credit: Cathy Lu, Rick Steves’ Europe. 

The Pros and Cons of Cruising

Cruising might not be for everyone, but it's an economic, efficient, and popular of mode of travel in Europe and beyond. 

 
Photo by Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steves' Europe.

Tariffs on dry beans will negatively impact Michigan agriculture

 LANSING, MI — The Michigan Bean Shippers (MBS) and the Michigan Bean Commission today voiced deep concerns over new tariffs on U.S. dry beans by the European Union (EU). The EU recently levied a 25 percent tariff on all U.S. dry bean imports. The tariffs will have direct negative impacts on Michigan bean sellers and growers, which represents an important segment of Michigan’s agricultural economy.

June is Caribbean Heritage Month

Caribbean Heritage Month commemoration was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 to recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. The resolution passed the Senate in Feb. 2006 and President George H.W. Bush issued the proclamation in June 2006. Caribbean Heritage Month commemoration was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 to recognize the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. The resolution passed the Senate in Feb. 2006 and President George H.W. Bush issued the proclamation in June 2006. 

A New—Healthier—Era for Soul Food

  Chef Amadeus, a celebrity chef from Jacksonville and host of the podcast radio show, The Southern Passion Lounge.

 
Courtesy photo

The Zen of Journaling

 It's never too early to begin capturing travel experiences in a daily journal. 

 
By Jennifer Davis, Rick Steves' Europe.

What’s new in Italy for 2017

 In Venice, only three “traghetti” (shuttle gondolas) still ferry voyagers across the Grand Canal from established stops, though you can always rent a gondola for your own private ride. 

 
By Rick Steves, Rick Steves' Europe.

Beyond Havana: Cuba’s Trinidad and Vinales

  The Church of the Holy Trinity overlooks the main square in the quaint colonial town of Trinidad, Cuba. 

 
Photo by Trish Feaster, Rick Steves' Europe