Qualities of an Effective Tour Guide


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Certified as a tour guide through the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI), Manuel Marquez, MD, has led groups in California and across the western United States. Manuel Marquez, MD, has also built his skills as a guide through familiarization tours and cruises in North America, Western Europe, Africa, and the Galapagos Islands.

A good tour guide needs to possess not only a love of travel and people but also the ability to make a trip fun and comfortable. Tour guides must be able to communicate clearly with a diverse group of travelers while also presenting information in an enjoyable and digestible manner. A good tour guide is a good storyteller, an engaging performer, and a positive personality that visitors will feel comfortable approaching

In addition, because travelers will want to know about local history and culture as well as the area’s best-kept secrets in restaurants and things to do, the guide must have an in-depth knowledge about the destination. A skilled guide can answer questions informatively as well as graciously, while conveying a personal interest in the material at hand.

Finally, the professional tour guide must be able to interact with travelers respectfully and warmly, regardless of the individual’s culture of origin. A talented guide can communicate in a culturally relevant manner and incorporate the norms to which the travelers are accustomed. This must all take place with an air of professionalism and a level of organization that earns the travelers’ respect.


What to Look For in a Bowling Shoe

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Over the past 25 years, Manuel Marquez, MD, has served as a family physician, a clinical research coordinator for Ventura County Hematology Oncology Specialists, and as a substitute paraeducator for special needs children at the Ventura United School District. In his spare time, Manuel Marquez, MD, participates in various leisure activities, including bowling.

For those looking to take their bowling game to the next level, one of the most common purchases is a pair of bowling shoes because they offer performance and comfort above and beyond the typical rental shoes. But what should one look for in a bowling shoe?

First of all, it’s important to get shoes that correspond with the bowling hand. Right handed bowlers will have a sliding shoe on the left foot and a braking shoe on the right foot – and vice versa for left-handed bowlers. So make sure to get the appropriate shoes to complement your bowling style.

Choose a shoe with a flat bottom on the sliding foot if the goal is to only slide a little. For those who are comfortable with a little more slide action, choose a shoe that has a raised heel on the sliding shoe.

Finally, decided whether increased performance or maximum comfort is the most important attribute you want in the shoe. Athletic bowling shoes are a little more comfortable to wear, but they don’t rank high as performance shoes, as the name would suggest.

What is a Sommelier?

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As a fluent English- and Spanish-speaking health care professional in Southern California, Manuel Marquez, MD, has served in a variety of settings, including clinical research coordinator at PMK Medical Group. Outside his professional life, Manuel Marquez, MD, is a wine connoisseur.

When dining at a fine restaurant, you may notice that a member of the staff apart from your server may come to offer you a selection of the available wines. This person is called a sommelier, and his or her job is to be an authority not only on the wines themselves, but also on how each one complements the meal.

A sommelier will be knowledgeable about the vintage and type of grape used in a particular wine, its region of origin, as well as its overall rating. By devoting oneself to this rigorous study, the sommelier is able to help patrons determine the best wines to pair with their dishes – knowledge that goes beyond the simple, “red wine with steak, white wine with fish” tropes.

So the next time you are in a fancy restaurant and the sommelier offers his or her guidance in picking out the perfect wine to pair with your meal, give it a try!

Meryl Streep and Michelle Obama Travel to Africa for Girls’ Rights


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A bilingual fluent in both English and Spanish, Manuel Marquez, MD was a Southern California-based health care leader who previously served as a clinical research coordinator at PMK Medical Group. A fan of films, Manuel Marquez, MD list Meryl Streep among his favorite movie actresses.

Meryl Streep is considered by many critics as the greatest living actress. With 19 nominations, she holds the record for most number of Academy Award nominations and has won the golden statuette three times. But it is not only the critics that love her – even President Obama, who honored her with a Medal for Freedom in 2014, proclaimed his admiration for the actress.

Recently, Meryl Streep has accompanied first lady Michelle Obama on a trip to Morocco as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative. In this program, Streep and Mrs. Obama will be discussing the numerous challenges that African women have to deal with on a daily basis, particularly to access to basic education.

This will not be the first time that Michelle Obama and Meryl Streep have worked together, as they teamed up in 2015 to crusade for gender equality in a joint interview for More magazine.

Streep Left Mark on the Set of The Devil Wears Prada

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After his professional life as a family practice physician, Manuel Marquez, M.D. has worked as a paraeducator for special-needs children in Ventura, California public schools, and as a tour director for Cuba and the national parks of the western United States. Outside his career pursuits, Manuel Marquez, M.D., is a movie buff, and his favorite actress is Meryl Streep.

Lauren Weisberger, the author of The Devil Wears Prada, and screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna, who adapted the novel to the big screen, recently shared their observations about what Meryl Streep was like when at work on the set of the film.

Weisberger recalls that Streep was laser focused on the set, reflecting something of a parallel between the actress and her role as editor Miranda Priestly. While Streep was admittedly warmer than her character, Weisberger said that her interactions with the actress were strictly professional and that Streep was all business on the set.

In her interview with Vanity Fair magazine, McKenna evoked the stark contrast between the Streep she met when the script was first being discussed and the one who showed up on the set. According to McKenna, Streep so deeply threw herself into the role of Miranda Priestly that the screenwriter actually said she found herself somewhat frightened by the extent of Streep’s metamorphosis into the icy cold character.

In addition to the rave critical reviews of her performance, Streep would go on to receive her 14th Oscar nomination for the role.

Two Wine Myths Debunked

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Manuel Marquez, MD, has over 25 years of medical industry experience as a family practitioner, medical executive, and researcher. Outside his professional life, Manuel Marquez, M.D. enjoys a wide variety of leisure pursuits, including as an avid wine enthusiast.

There are almost as many opinions about wine as there are wine connoisseurs. With that said, it shouldn’t be surprising that there are many misconceptions about the age-old beverage. Here are two myths about wine that have been debunked by sommeliers.

Some hold to the notion that the bigger the price tag, the better the wine. This can be true, but it’s not a hard and fast rule. There are many factors that determine the price of a wine, such as if it is sold by a well-known vineyard or if it has been endorsed by a celebrity – neither of which have any real impact on the quality of what’s inside the bottle. Conversely, some wines from lesser known vineyards (often imported vintages) can offer a great deal of quality for the value. An Argentine Malbec, for instance, is a $10 red wine that delivers quality far beyond the price tag.

Another area of common misinformation is the best serving temperature of wines. One belief is that the best way to serve white wine is ice cold. This goes hand in hand with the misguided idea that red wine is best enjoyed only at room temperature. In truth, no wine should be served ice cold. Conversely, no wine should be served at room temperature. The ideal temperature for white wine is approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In the same vein, it’s perfectly fine to refrigerate red wine, as it will age much faster at room temperature, which may severely affect its taste.

Tips for Beginning Bowlers


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Having worked as a paraeducator for special-needs children in the Ventura County, California, public schools, as well as a physician and a tour director, Manuel Marquez, MD, is experienced in a range of professional fields. Outside of his work life, Manuel Marquez, MD, enjoys numerous sports, including bowling.

Bowling is a great leisure activity, but for those looking to become a little more proficient at the sport, the barriers to entry may seem daunting, particularly in terms of learning the basics. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as it looks. Here are just a couple of basic tips for bowling novices.

One of the most important but most basic concepts is visualizing your shot before you take it. It’s important to relax, breathe deeply, and focus on exactly where you want the ball to go. Use the arrows to help guide your shot.

It’s also important to choose the right ball. Picking one that’s too heavy can lead to a sore arm, but one that’s too light may not give you the pin action you want. Most men typically bowl with a 14-16 lb. ball, while most women use a 10-14 lb. ball. Go with the heaviest ball that can give you the speed you want.

Bowing is a simple skill to learn but a difficult one to master. With practice and proper form, however, your game can improve significantly over time.