I would like to share with you some news from Costa Rica. Last Saturday was the inauguration of the first woman President in the country's history, Laura Chinchilla. She won the election last year in a landslide. She was Vice President under the outgoing President Oscar Arias. Dr. Arias finished a second successful term as President, as he was also President in the 1980's, when he won the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering a peace in Nicaragua.
Presidenta Chincilla is devoted to public service, as she is the daughter of a high government minister. She is a centrist. She is not a crusader on what some people consider to be women's social issues. She emphasizes economic issues and measures to combat crime, even though crime is not a particular problem.
On our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week we are showing photos from a recent visit of mine to the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California. Come take a look at the Victorian charm and ideal beach weather.