The Reunification Express – Vietnam
Mar24

The Reunification Express – Vietnam

Train Travel Thorough Vietnam Perhaps it is the desire to see the place that I am traveling through, perhaps it is the people I always end up meeting along the way or perhaps it is the desire to travel in an environmentally conscious way; whatever the reason, I am drawn time and again to overland travel instead of the air. So, once more I found myself desperately trying to cram my oversized rucksack into the tiny space allocated for...

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First Morning in Ireland
Mar17

First Morning in Ireland

Waking up in Ireland I woke up early my first morning in Ireland. The effects of jet lag made it a restless night and, when there was just enough light to see soft shapes in the room, I looked over to the bedside table. There was no bedside clock and, as I had no watch or phone or device of any kind, I could only guess at the time. I decided to end the struggle of going back to sleep and get up. When I looked out the second floor...

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Exploring the “Route of the Faces”  in Spain
Mar10

Exploring the
“Route of the Faces”
in Spain

I live in southern Spain and recently visited a good friend in Madrid – the capital city, right in the heart of the country. While I love the city, its vibe, the shopping and the food, I felt I needed an escape from the crowds and noise, and my friend came up with the perfect solution. It was the weekend and I piled into her car with a small bag, heading off for what was to me, strange and new pastures. She told me nothing about the...

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A Taste of Italy, in Thailand
Mar03

A Taste of Italy, in Thailand

Plans change. Sometimes for the better . On a recent Asian cruise I discovered, upon docking at Thailand’s Laem Chabang, that my selected shore excursion to Pattaya Beach had sold out. Disappointed, I chose an alternative a short drive away, which promised a visit to a winery. Since I wasn’t aware Thailand even had a wine industry, I had visions of a rustic backyard shed and a few straggly vines. I couldn’t have been more wrong....

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The Provincetown Welcome
Feb24

The Provincetown Welcome

Early Provincetown Excellent times benefited Cape Cod in the early 19th century, and by 1870 Provincetown was the richest port in Massachusetts. Huge incomes were made by hardy men harvesting whales and salting the abundant codfish from which the peninsula got its name. However, fishing brought more than affluence to Provincetown. Early on it brought the employment of Azorean’s to crew fishing vessels, and established a diverse...

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On the Shores of Lake Baikal
Feb23

On the Shores of Lake Baikal

I was sitting cross-legged on a pebble beach. My roll mat and sleeping bag were already laid out next to me, in anticipation of the night ahead sleeping under the stars. It was perhaps on the cold side to attempt a bivouac, but the flickering campfire and large pile of branches beside me would ensure I stayed warm, or at the least, survived, the night. That same fire, that I had cooked my dinner on just half an hour before, now sent...

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San Miguel at Night (photos)
Feb21

San Miguel at Night (photos)

A Night View of San Miguel de Allende 12 Days and 11 Nights in San Miguel After spending 12 days of exploring San Miguel de Allende in the center of Mexico, I never grew tired of this fantastic city’s character and vibe. I was happy to explore and meander the stone streets and have a giant liquado verde, a fresh squeezed and blended drink of orange, cactus, greens and ginger. I would sit in the park and watch the people moving...

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A Shooting Star Over Baghdad
Feb17

A Shooting Star Over Baghdad

Tonight’s flight to Doha is a bit different than last night’s flight to Istanbul from Toronto. Nine out of ten passengers are men over the age of 50 and I’m one of five women. There is a lot of snoring happening compared to this morning’s cries of small children. The flight route from Istanbul to Doha is right over Baghdad and Kuwait – the Eastern side, over Iraq and Iran. Despite being an avid traveler, this thought...

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Engaging Hands-on Science Museum
Feb10

Engaging Hands-on Science Museum

There is something to be said about hands-on exploring. I find information easier to follow when there is a visual or display of the explanation. The Mid-America Science Museum contains over 100 hands-on exhibits. These exhibits help to produce curiosity about science education by exploring life’s elements. The engaging museum can be found tucked away west of downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas. As I stood on the front property of the...

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Tracking Sea Turtles in Oman
Feb03

Tracking Sea Turtles in Oman

Life is fragile. But even the most vulnerable of creatures can triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds. One such experience brought tears to my eyes on a cool, windy August evening in Ras Al Jinz, Oman. It was well past sunset, and the deserted beach was dark except for the light of a nearly full moon. The waves of the Indian Ocean crashed against the shore as the tour began. The first sighting was a green sea turtle – an...

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