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04/01/15 – A Travel Stew

On this month’s Let’s Travel! show Susi first explores the Mexican colonial city of Oaxaca with travel writer Mari Gold. Then it’s off to the U.S. Department of State where she gets some “news we can use” about handling passport problems when travelling abroad from Karen Christensen. Then Michael and Susi take a trip through the Everglades in Florida on an air boat tour and end up surrounded by thousands of butterflies and exotic birds at then largest butterfly park in the world. Enjoy!

The following personalities were interviewed and recorded on our trip

Mari Gold

Mari Gold

Mari S. Gold is a freelance writer who contributes to many magazines and websites. She writes primarily on food, travel and health and travels as much as she can. Her blog, But I Digress…, on travel, food and life experiences is at .

Karen L. Christensen

Karen L. Christensen

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services

Karen Christensen has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services since August 2014.

Most recently, Ms. Christensen was the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin where she coordinated consular operations at several posts in Germany. Prior to that, she was Consul General in Manila. She has also served in Washington within the Bureau of Consular Affairs in the Visa Office and the Office of the Executive Director. Overseas, she has served as a consular officer in London, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Seoul. Other Washington tours include serving as an instructor in the Consular Training Division and a Career Development Officer in the Bureau of Human Resources.


About The Author

Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine,, and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

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