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About Travel the world with Duey

I'm a 50+ lady traveling the world, teaching English, trying new foods, and experiencing everything this world can give me!

Minimalizing my life

Does this add value to my life? Is this something that I need? Is it filling a void inside me?

These are things I have been asking myself lately as I begin to pack up my life and move once again. As an aside, I love moving! It’s one of my favourite things to do! Anyway – do I need all this stuff I have accumulated in the past three years? In the past 5 years? Why do I still have a box of stuff from China hiding under my dresser? Do I think it’s going to suddenly add value to my life somehow? I really don’t think so.

The Minimalists documentary has fascinated me since I saw it the first time back in January. I am watching it again to justify how I’m feeling right now. It is something that really resonates with me, and its making me take stock of the stuff in my life – and not just material stuff. Stuff in my head that I’ve been carrying around for years. It really is time to let it all go.

I was a much calmer person three years ago when I was in China. Coming back to Canada, getting a job that I just needed to have – I needed an income in order to live back here – but it’s not a career. Being an English teacher overseas truly changed the way I thought, and the way I reacted to people. I don’t necessarily want to go back to the travelling teacher end of things – at least not right now with a grandson arriving soon! But I want to feel that calmness again. And I know that having the minimal amount of things will help me with that. I am going to be calm and as stress-free as possible. I want to add value to my life by doing something that means something to me.

So I am moving on, to a new adventure, a new chapter in my life, and my stuff from the past will be left behind, as much as I can. As for the box of stuff from China under my dresser – I will let it go – sometime!

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These are the treasures of China that I treasure the most

Daily Thought – June 30

It’s okay to be mad, sad, angry at the world – just remember not to let it take over yourself and your well-being. Be productive, be pro-active, protest, or sit quietly and meditate. Do what you need to do for your well-being and peace of mind.

My choice – surfing the internet for trip planning. It puts me in a good place, dreaming of far away places to visit.

Don’t despair – life is going to get better. It always does. Look for that rainbow!

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Me in Valle de la Luna – The Atacama Desert

Chocolate Lasagna

  • 1 package chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos), crushed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons cold milk, divided
  • 1 tub Cool Whip
  • 1 package Instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips (either semisweet or milk)

Add 36 chocolate cookies to a large zip-top plastic bag and crush until fine crumbs form.

Transfer crumbs to a large bowl. Stir in melted butter. Transfer the mixture to a 9×13 baking dish. Press crumbs into the bottom of pan. Place in refrigerator to chill while working on other layers.

Mix the cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons milk and mix well. Stir in 1 1/4 cups Cool Whip. Spread mixture over cookie crust.

In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with 3 1/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for several minutes until pudding begins to thicken. Spread mixture over previous layer. Allow the dessert to rest for 5 minutes so the pudding can firm up further.

Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Sprinkle evenly with mini chocolate chips. Place in freezer for 1 hour or in refrigerator for 4 hours before serving.