“The mountains are calling and I must go” – John Muir When I saw this week’s photo challenge, it was pretty easy for me to think of my favorite place. It is by far the mountains! I love hiking and especially love hiking and being in the mountains. They are always calling me and thankfully I will be in them soon enough as we prepare to go on a family ski trip to Colorado. In the meantime, here are some […]
I’d rather be…. surrounded by the joy, laughter and love of children. I just returned from an amazing, life-changing experience in Kenya where we reached the one millionth child to receive safe drinking water from LifeStraw. It was such an inspiring experience but the best part of all by far was being surrounded by the school children. Their joy, smiles, giggles and songs were infectious and it made the experience incredibly powerful. I will be sharing more stories on my […]
As a travel blogger, I realize that I rarely share much at all about my hometown of Minneapolis. Despite being known for the cold, long, brutal winters, Prince, and the recent host of the Super Bowl, Minnesota actually boasts over 15,000 lakes in the state. It is also home to one of the largest federally protected wilderness areas in the United States, the 1.1 million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area (BWCWA). The BWCWA is one of the most pristine wilderness […]
“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn There is nothing more beloved to me than my children. I will never forget spending a morning in an early childhood education class with a newborn and two-year-old child in my arms, and hearing the quote “Motherhood is the toughest job you will ever love“. How true those words have proven to be! Today, as I watched my daughter perform in her final elementary school play […]
There is no city on earth as filled with street art as Valparaiso, Chile. Known as one of the best street art cities in South America and perhaps the world, Valparaiso or simply “Valpo” as the locals call it, is unbelievable. Walking through its windy maze of streets, every free space on the sides of houses, buildings, garages, doors and even staircases, is painted in art. The variation in art is what makes it so incredible too. Every work of […]
“Silence is a true friend who never betrays”. – Confucius I am not one to have much silence in my life. As a busy mom and an extrovert, I love the noise. However, when I run out of steam (which I often do after a busy day of running around non-stop), my body literally craves silence. Sadly, it is hard to find any silence in such a busy life. So what do I do to recharge my batteries and find […]
“Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves”. – Julia Morgan The most well-known spot in Havana is the famous Malecón, a five-mile long esplanade, street and seawall which stretches along the coast in Havana connecting the mouth of the Havana Harbor in Habana Vieja, passing through Centro Habana and ending in the upscale Vedado neighborhood. Known by locals as the “big sofa” or the “living room” the Malecón is a testament of el Triunfo de la Revolución (the triumph of the revolution as Cubans say) and is awash with […]
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”. – Nelson Mandela This photo was captured in November 2014 ascending a peak in the Condoriri Valley of Bolivia. After many many months of neglecting this blog, I decided to start it up again in honor of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend.