Category Archives: Travel

Thought for the day

Do you have wanderlust? I do – I dream every day of just taking off and flying to the other side of the world, and living on the beach. My choice of places is New Zealand, on the south island, not really sure why but that is where my dream always takes me.

Do you have a good memory?

One of my earliest memories is one that my parents don’t understand how I could remember as I was only 3 years old at the time. But it is a memory that is vivid in my mind.

My paternal grandparents lived in L’Anse aux Cousins, near Gaspe Quebec. We would visit there every summer until I was 17 – I stopped going every summer once I started college as I was working in the summer.

My grandparents liked to take us around to visit relatives, and on the occasion that I remember, we went across the river to visit an aunt.

When I described my memory to my parents, they were both confused as this aunt had died when I was about 6 years old. I remember that it was the summer (just before my brother was born) and we were playing in this aunt’s yard, rolling down the hill and having a really fun time. The river was at the end of her backyard, and we were sure not to go near it.

I remember what the house looked like on the outside, and the backyard, and what we were doing. My parents did recall going to visit this house but cannot believe that I remembered it due to my age at the time.

I have a very good memory – I remember whole conversations with friends from back in high school, I remember (unfortunately) arguments with my ex, almost word for word, and I remember so many other things, both good and bad, in my life. And before cell phones became a thing, I remembered all of my friends’ home phone numbers too.

It’s amazing what the mind can do isn’t it!

Did you know…

That hot water will turn into ice faster than cold water. (I knew this – I always fill my ice cube trays with hot water)

The sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language. (I learned this in typing class)

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

Coca-Cola was originally green. (That’s really disgusting)

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

Birthday celebrations

Last night, my son took me to a Vancouver Canucks game. They were playing my favourite team Calgary, and Calgary won! I had a great time even though I was surrounded by Canuck fans.

I hadn’t seen my son since Christmas even though we live close by. Things have been difficult so I was very happy to see him and celebrate my birthday with him.

A happy mom!

My favourite sounds

The sound of quiet.  
The sound of waves crashing onto a beach.
The sound of a baby’s laugh.
The sound of your boots crunching in the freshly fallen snow.
The sound of a park early in the morning, and hearing the birds chirping at each other.
The sound of the excited children coming into school that first day back from summer vacation.
The sound of a far off train whistle.

These are all my favourite sounds.  The train whistle makes me dream of far off lands.  The children coming back to school puts a smile on my face.  The birds chirping makes me stop and be grateful for being alive.  The boots crunching on the sound is a sound that I love because it reminds me of my favourite season – winter.  A baby’s laugh puts a smile on my face no matter what kind of mood I’m in. 

But the first two – are my ultimate favourite sounds.  One of my greatest moments of traveling was sitting on the beach in Arica Chile, with no one around me except some sand crabs, with my eyes closed and listening to the sounds of the waves crashing.  It brings me peace and fills me with content.  

The sound of quiet – some will question if that’s an actual sound.  But it is.  Right now, stop what you’re doing, close your eyes and listen.  What do you hear?  If I do this, I hear quiet.  I feel all my thoughts vanishing.  I feel stress being lifted off of my shoulders.  Quiet is my favourite sound.  I relish having a quiet afternoon as I have right now.  The only sounds are the keys of my laptop as I type.   And I feel content.  And happy.

Valparaiso, Chile

Turkey and beyond

As I sit here in my room, recuperating from a possible bout of Covid – to me it’s just a bad cold but there is a back log for getting tested here so it was suggested I just self isolate for the required time until I can return to work, I have been doing some self care. Planning time away is ALWAYS self care for me!

Back in 2019, I had booked a flight for the end of January 2020 to head to England, travel through Europe to Turkey and then spend a month travelling through Turkey. Prices in Turkey were very reasonable and I had my entire trip planned. Where I was going, how I was getting there, what I was going to do when I got there. It all came crashing down at the beginning of January 2020 – the pandemic as well as the problems with Syria and Turkey. I put the trip on hold.

So as I listen to ABBA (going on 3 hours now… I love ABBA), I have discovered that there are very cheap flights from Vancouver to Antalya Turkey. While I have not booked the flight yet, I have booked (with free cancellation) my hotels throughout my month long trip to Turkey in September of this year. Come hell or high water – I am going to Turkey!! And if the Gods allow me, from Turkey I’m heading through Europe as well. There are places I never had the chance to visit, as well as visiting friends in Slovakia and Czech Republic. I’d also like to revisit a place or two if finances allow me to, but that will be decided at the time.

I am not one to travel without having accommodations booked – I have read many blogs about just going and booking when you get there – that would stress me out too much at my age. Questions go through my head – what if I can’t find a cheap place to stay? Is there a hostel that I could stay in last minute with minimal people in the room? I snore and would not want to be that person in a hostel! I stayed in hostels all through Chile but they all had the option of a single room which I took advantage of.

There is so much in this world to see and I want to see it all. I want to be healthy when I travel and I know that 57 is not that old but I feel my age is catching up to me and I need to go now before it’s too late.

So while I was looking for accommodations, I came across a place in Cappadocia (a bucket list place!) for $19 total for 2 nights! How could I not book it?? And it has a rating of 9.0 on That excites me!!

What do you do when you’re sick? Do you listen to music? Watch TV? Plan a trip?

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January 4 – National Trivia Day

I am a BIG lover of trivia – Jeopardy is one of my favourite shows to watch on TV, and I love Trivial Pursuit and any other games like that. I play trivia games on my phone too (among other games).

So let’s ask some trivia questions:

  1. What is the name of Batman’s butler?
  2. How many films did Sean Connery play James Bond in?
  3. In what year was Broadway established?
  4. In what country would you find Ostrava, Pardubice and Brno?
  5. What is the main ingredient of hummus?

These are fairly easy questions, and of course, no one would know if you decided to Google the answers! But I think that would take the fun out of doing a quiz, don’t you?

In celebration of National Quiz Day, why not pull up a quiz online, or turn on Jeopardy, and try your hand at solving a quiz! What will you do?

Jeopardy! - Wikipedia

Thoughts for December 25

This year is very different from last year. Last year, I spent it with my daughter, grandson and the extended family. It was a stressful day, but also a great day to be with my grandson for his first Christmas. Stressful due to the family conditions my daughter was living in.

Fast forward to this year – I’m enjoying a quiet day with my son, watching football and cooking a prime rib for dinner. My granddaughter is with her mom’s family (due to illness, no visiting), and my daughter and grandson are visiting my ex and his family. It’s been a good day, albeit quiet, but good day in any event.

I am not a big Christmas person – it’s really just a day to spend copious amounts of money to show the people in our life how much we love them. That should not be a thing – we should just show them every day how much we love them with our hugs and words – gifts shouldn’t be used. But that’s just my thinking – I know others think this way but not everyone. It’s okay – I show my family all year long how much they mean to me. I don’t deny them that ever.

I am grateful today – with the love I feel from my family and the love that I give to them in return.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas day.

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