Before the year ended, I took a walk on this short trail behind a friend’s house. I like the monochrome side of the nature. Color, sometimes, is just too distractive, like the world we’re living in. Simplicity is better than complexity. One wonders why Chanel has been so successful for almost a century.
The second day of our mini-vacation was jam packed! We all woke up at 7:30 and got ready to hit the ground running. We were all shocked my dad slept in that late, he wakes up at 4 every weekday and rarely sleeps in past 5:30 or 6. Good for him!
Stripes and boots, unplanned matching for the win! We began our day with a light breakfast from Good Earth Cafe. I had an egg and pesto sandwich and it did the trick! Halley chose better than I did and had the seed roll.
We spent some time exploring the center that the cafe is located in, called the Eau Claire. It’s an interesting place because it’s right in the heart of downtown but it seems to kill off every business that tries to open there! They do have Schwarma though (any Avengers fans out there???)
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On a recent trip to Chicago, I took some roadside pictures while Lynard was driving at 70 mph. Many of the photos came out pretty blurry. It was a cloudy day on our return trip back to Springfield. Luckily, I was able to pick out some clear pictures to share with you. I was surprised how some of the pictures turned out. I could hardly see the images on my camera while I was shooting away.
It was a good trip. We had a chance to meet up with some friends whom I haven’t seen for twenty years. Amazing how everybody looks the same, only older.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Elephants are an important part of Thai culture and Buddhist religion. As such they have a prominent place in the country’s identity and a trip to Thailand would not be complete without a visit to see these magnificent animals up close. There are many places that offer a one or more day training session where you can learn how to ride and bathe elephants. The day started off with some background information by the head Mahout Nong.
Things I learned about elephants:
- a mahout is an elephant trainer
- chang is the Thai word for elephant
- each elephant has a ‘passport’; documentation of their age and physical characteristics so that the government can make sure that elephants aren’t being taken from the wild
- these particular elephants used to work in lumber camps until cutting wood from the forests became illegal
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Before I am going to continue my African journey, a bit of Europe is in order, don’t you think? Since January has just begun and the cheerfully lit ornaments of snowmen and Santa on the sleigh haven’t been entirely removed from my South African, tropical neighbourhood, you might indeed enjoy a bit of a frostier destination.
To me, the new year hasn’t begun until I have had a chance to go on a walk meditating about who I am and what I want to do next while breathing in the new year’s air. As a mother of little children, that is not always immediately possible, cheerful walks with one boy on a bike and the other trying to climb out of the pram do not count as soul-searching aiming at arriving in the new time.
Growing up, I was blessed with an amazing dad. An acknowledged inventor, poet…
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A trip to the US for the holidays didn’t pan out for us this year so we took advantage of the most amazing part about living in Europe: having dozens of different countries, cultures, languages and culinary delights on our doorstep, ready to be explored without even showing our passports.
Having lived a year in Norway I now have a different perspective on traveling. While going to a place where the temperatures are around 40 degrees is too cold for some, for us it was a nice break from the biting subzero temperatures of Norway. As logical as it would have been to go somewhere warmer we didn’t want an elaborate trip so we narrowed down our wish-list to Sweden, Denmark or Germany.
We decided to avoid having to fly or even drive somewhere and opted for the 20-hour Color Line cruise to Germany.
It was a no-hassle trip. We…
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I recently had a chance to scratch something (actually a few things) off my bucket list. I took a magnificent vacation on the Carnival Freedom cruise ship where I was able to visit the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. It was also my first time out of the country. I have been to Canada but I’m from Detroit, so it really doesn’t count.
My fellow cruise mates knew I was too excited about visiting Jamaica, and it did not disappoint. Jamaica changed my life! Never have I been somewhere and felt so good and proud to be a black woman. To be on an island where everyone one had hair like mine, dark skin like mine… Blew my mind! The level of respect and love I received in Ocho Rios literally brought me to tears. As we traveled around the island, I felt a sense of home. My friends joked that…
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