Hola, Ernesto!

Published August 13, 2012 by Linda Gerber


Can you believe the color of this water? This photo is from Isla Mujeres, where we went to see a really cool underwater sculpture garden when we were in Cancun. We rode on a car ferry to the island even though we didn’t have a car. (Most of the locals ride on the ferry, and you know how my dad is about living like the locals). And that evening? Hurricane Ernesto blew in to the area. Okay, so I think he was a Tropical Storm by the time he hit us, but it was still pretty exciting. If only Bayani had been there with his camera…


Drama Rama

Published August 13, 2012 by Linda Gerber

Have you ever been to Oz? That’s what some of the locals call Australia. They speak English in Australia, but they have a lot of different words for things – like “brekkie” for breakfast, and “biscuits” for cookies, and “arvo” for afternoon. Or maybe we’re the one with the different words… hmm…


When in Greece

Published August 13, 2012 by Linda Gerber


You would not believe the Kouropolous’s yacht. It’s like a floating hotel! We sailed around the Greek islands, including to the island of Santorini, where the white buildings along the top of the cliffs look like snow from a distance. Very cool. Get it?   : )





The Rain in Spain…

Published July 14, 2012 by Linda Gerber

Here’s the postcard from Spain. If you’d like to see the back, just let me know (there’s a clue for the quiz on there…)

You can see my necklace in this picture, but you can’t see the charms so much, huh? I add a new one from each new country we visit. Ironically, we haven’t yet been to Italy, but the charm that started it all was an Italian corno that my grampa gave to me way back when. It’s still one of my favorites.


Published July 11, 2012 by Linda Gerber

Before we move forward, we should probably go back to the beginning, and in many ways, that would be Spain. Until we went to Valencia, I watched my mom and dad’s show production from the sidelines. I was never pulled in front of the camera.

But in Spain, all that changed. That’s where the When in Rome producers decided to use me, along with our hosts (way cute) son Mateo to be in the B-roll footage for the episode. It’s also where Logan popped up after being gone from the show for three whole years without ever writing or texting or doing anything. Spain is also where the tabloids decided I was worth following, and where they gave me the nickname of “La Chica Moda.” And where I accidentally videoed an artifact robbery-in-progress.

How about you? Can you look to a certain time or place that changed the course of what my grampa used to call your “life path”?

Published July 4, 2012 by Linda Gerber

To all my American friends, Happy Independence Day! I happen to be visiting my gramma in Ohio (and we finally have power, so thanks for everyone who was concerned about that), so we get to celebrate with lots of flag waving and firework watching (and gramma’s famous potato salad and BBQ ribs!)

I’ve missed other Fourths of July other years while we were traveling, so this is kind of fun for me. But we have celebrated Independence Day in other countries before, and that’s cool, too. Like, just north of us, in Canada, they celebrate Canada Day on July 1. That’s when they celebrate their independence from Great Britain. And to the south, Mexico celebrates their independence from the Colonial Spanish government on September 16 (not Cinco de Mayo, like a lot of people think.)  There’s also Itsenäisyyspäivä in Finland (December 6), National Day in Greece (March 25), Gwangbokjeol in Korea (August 15), and Márciusi ifjak in Hungary (March 15), to name a few.

However and whenever you celebrate, I hope this day is a happy one for you!


(Photo: Hryck/Creative Commons)


Published July 2, 2012 by Linda Gerber

Hi from Ohio, everyone!

OK, for those of you who know me from the books, you already know that I come and stay with my gramma at her farm in Ohio when we aren’t on location with the show. Well, this week was one wild ride around here! On Friday, a huge storm popped up out of nowhere – seriously, the weather forecast told us we had 20% chance of rain, and then next thing you know, wind’s bending the trees like blades of grass, and here’s this huge black wall of clouds closing in on us, growling and flashing lightning. Then it was raining, but the rain wasn’t coming down, it was whipping at us sideways.

When hail started pelting the windows, Gramma had enough. The tornado sirens didn’t go off, but she made us go down to the basement anyway. That’s about the time the lights went out. She turned on her halogen lantern and pulled out her ma jong set. It was kind of hard to concentrate on playing when we kept hearing things blowing around and crashing into the house. When it finally calmed down and we came upstairs, you wouldn’t believe the mess outside. Trees down, branches and leaves everywhere. Big, muddy puddles in the garden. And no power anywhere.

In fact, we still have no power. You don’t realize how much you depend on electricity until you don’t have any. I can still use the 4G on my phone to get online, but I have to be careful not to drain the battery because I can only charge it when we go into town to find someplace cool to hang out (no electricity means no airconditioning, and it’s HOT). In fact, we’re at the library now so we can cool off, charge everything, and so I can use their Internet connection to post this.

All this is to say, sorry about the delay in posts and emails this week. Hopefully the power guys will get our lines fixed soon and everything will get back to normal. Until then, the games and giveaways are still ON! But we might be a little behind for a few more days.

Stay cool!

*trees photo courtesy of  Lisa Klein


Published July 2, 2012 by Linda Gerber

Hey, guys! Congratulations to everyone who completed the Hacked quiz! It wasn’t easy, I know, but that’s the fun of it, yeah?  Remember, you can always find the answers to the quizzes in the books, on my blog, and on the back of the postcards I can email to you if you ask.

Next week’s quiz will be from Episode One: Celebrity. If you’d like me to send you the postcard for that one, just let me know!*

Meanwhile, the winners from last week have been notified (or are being notified) by email. Some of you asked me not to list your names online because of the ages of our players, and I completely understand! My mom and dad don’t like me to put a lot of my personal info online, either, so believe me, I get it. You wouldn’t believe the trouble I got into when my friend Nikos posted a picture of me with him on his facebook account! (Episode Two: Paparazzi)

Have a great day, and thanks again for playing!

Pura Vida!!

*for a postcard, send me a note at cassidy AT lightscameracassidy DOT com

In the Clouds

Published June 25, 2012 by Linda Gerber

One of the really cool things about our visit to Costa Rica is that we got to go see cloud forests and rain forests in the same trip! Okay, so I didn’t know about cloud forests until I got here…

A cloud forest is like a rain forest, except it’s maybe a little cooler, and there’s a foggy mist all around the trees that filters out a log of the sunlight. The effect is kind of eerie, but beautiful in its own way, especially with the kinds of plants that grow in that upper layer. Get this – these plants don’t even need soil; they just grow right in the trees – mosses, orchids, ferns, bromeliads.  This is what it looked like when we went on the “skywalk” in the Santa Elena cloud forest, way up  high in the canopy – like a bridge that disappeared into the clouds on both ends.

Our camera guy Daniel is completely terrified of heights, but he went with us anyway. He had nothing to worry about, though. The safety regulations on the bridges are really strict, so we were completely safe. Can’t say the same for the rain forest we hiked through later, though. Daniel was happy our feet were firmly on the ground, but my tutor  Victoria got bit by a spider right inside her boot. And because she’s allergic, her foot swelled up like a balloon, she ended up in the hospital.(She’s going to be OK). But check out this little guy we saw climbing on a leaf! (Victoria would forgive me for being excited in spite of her injury. She’s first and always a teacher and is happy when I check out the biodiversity, I promise.)

And the winners are…

Published June 21, 2012 by Linda Gerber

Congratulations to this week’s winners!

I’m sending you each an email, so watch for it!

Book winners:

Julie Weathers     Krystalyn

Charm winners:

Alicia Marie     Emily Morris     Roxie Walton     Emily Jackson     Monica Park     Megan P     Sierra S     Patricia Austin     Delaney Calem     hd

Thanks to everyone who played. If you didn’t win this time, keep checking back and playing! There are lots of prizes up for grabs. And remember, you can complete a live puzzle or quiz at any time, and your name will be entered in both the weekly drawing and the grand prize drawing in August.

Hint: You can find quiz clues and hints on my blog… like in the post below, for instance… and on the back of the postcards. Don’t have a postcard? Just ask me*! I’ll send you some!


*send me a note at cassidy AT lightscameracassidy DOT com.