There are two sides to Costa Rica with very different cultures. I want to tell you a little bit about a few stops along the Pacific Coast. Cold water haters listen up: I visited in July and August and the water was spectacular! I could literally walk right in without a wetsuit–much warmer than the Pacific that surrounds California. Secondly I discovered magical beaches with black sand.

I almost didn’t make this video after the Trojans lost to Boston College, but remembered how much cardinal and gold flooded the city. Instead of complaining about how our team played, I wanted to show what great fans the University of Southern California has. In full disclosure I am an alumna and huge fan, thus totally biased.

This quaint New England city is about 40 minutes north of Boston, but it has none of the same hustle and bustle of its Big Brother. Salem, Massachusetts was founded by the Europeans in the early 1600s at the site of a Native American trading post. You can still visit buildings from that century today. Salem is most famous, however, for the a dark period in American history filled with suspicion, fear, and murder. The year was 1692 when the Puritans killed 20 of their own—19 women and one man accused of witchcraft!