Lisa Marie Mercer specializes in self-reinvention. She spent most of her life as a New York City fitness instructor. A passion for although things Italian delivered her to Perugia Italy, where she studied Italian and traveled throughout the country. Fast forward to 2004, and an addiction to alpine skiing moved her to Colorado, where she opened a ski fitness studio, and worked as a tour guide for the town of Breckenridge. After hopping around North America and most parts of the globe, Lisa and her husband are enjoying the expat life in Uruguay. This is the author of Breckenridge: A Guide to the Sights and Slopes of Summit County. Learn more at her Fit to Travel Website.

Poulsbo: The Norway of the Pacific Northwest

If you take the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Bainbridge Island Ferry, and follow Highway 305 to Poulsbo, you will discover that much to your surprise you have arrived in Scandinavia. Well, not really, but it certainly looks like it. The elaborate Velkommen Poulsbo mural outside the Bakery Cafe certainly had you fooled. The floral patterns …

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