Exploring Belgium

One small country with one enormous story. A history steeped in red, bearing witness to war throughout the centuries. Somewhat frozen in medieval time, reminding the world of days that helped build our modern doorsteps. For the current world, Belgium has brought us such cultural delights as the Belgian waffle, Belgian beer and my personal favorite Belgian chocolate. I am excited to announce that I will be adventuring to Belgium in May of this year. Belgium holds a personal connection of its own to my country and province, being a place where grandfathers have perished and battled not so long…

Three Ways to Establish Realistic Expectations

There is a silent quarrel within me. On one side of the battleground is understanding, compassion, and patience the other side stands failure, intolerance, and passion. They push they pull they struggle, they throw fits they call names they hit scratch and punch. Each one of them little soldiers struggling to win the fight, yearning to come out on top. The battlefield fuels them further, egging them on. Who is the master of this stadium? Who is this master of these great forces? And why does she wish for them to fight rather than flourish together? Expectations. Yes, expectations is…

Welcome 2016 you Son of a Gun

So 2016 eh? I may be a bit late in sharing my opinions, hopes and plans for this coming year as I experienced an unplanned break from blogging. I had a grand holiday don’t get me wrong, I visited family, was blessed in receiving many beautiful gifts and enjoyed a new years vacation inside a vacation to a cabin far out of town with my love. All in all, it was a beautiful and relaxing vacation. Minus of course those 3 days in which all of the joy left my poor deflated heart  (being a bit dramatic) when…

Travel Barbados

Welcome to paradise! Where the water is warm, the sky is blue and where the greenery is lush with tropical beauty. Barbados! A beautiful island situated in the western area of the North Atlantic, and despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered to be a part of the Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist destination. Inhabited by Kalingo people since the 13th century, and prior to that by other Amerindians, Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century.  An English ship arrived in Barbados in 1625 then taking ownership of the…

Miami, USA

Located on the southeastern coast of America in the state of Florida is the richest city in America, according to a study done in 2009 by USB. It is also a city considered a major leader in commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade.  At its best, it offers a rare multicultural experience, with Latin and Caribbean tongues, international cuisines and cultural events all against a beautiful beach backdrop. But what else does this major American city have to offer besides, fashion, beaches, entertainment, and culture? Well, what more could you really want? And what exactly would it…

Travel Romania

Oh, Romania! Setting for Bram Stockers majestically famous Dracula. The archetypal vampire Count Dracula, created by Bram Stoker, was inspired by the Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler because he was rather fond of impaling his enemies and standing them along the roads. Sounds like a swell guy! But there is so much more to Romania than Vlad Tepes and spooky vampire castles. Brascov the capital of Romania is also home to  The Black Church which has the largest organ in Europe, with 4000 tubes. You can also find in Brascov the largest Gothic church between…

Michigan, USA

  The first Europeans to explore Michigan did so in the year 1620. And long story short… From there Michigan was passed from French ownership over to Britain’s and then fought over some more during and after the American Revolution. In the year 1805, the state of Michigan was named and established and that it has remained. Known for Henry Ford setting up his first automobile shop in Detroit, Michigan’s capital and then General Motors being founded in Flint. Michigan was also of huge importance during World War I and World War II, in helping…

The Phillippines

  Located in the southeast of Asia lives a cluster of islands known as the Philippines… 7,107 islands and islets to be exact. It has a total land area of 300,000 square kilometers surrounded by the Philippine sea to the east, the Celebes Sea to the south, and the South China Sea to the north and the west. The Philippines cultural diversity emerged hundred years ago shared by the Malays, Spanish, and Americans. Long time affiliation with the West made the Philippines the fourth most populous English speaking country and the only predominant Christians in Asia. A…

December Goals

The merriest of months is finally upon us, larger than life December has inched its way forward and has arrived in the usual festive fashion. I am of course already feeling in the Christmas spirit due to the healthy blanket of snow I woke up to yesterday morning!  And I can’t wait to take on this month and its festivities. Yay! Happiest of Decembers everyone! As I think about the things that I need to complete this month my head begins to ache a little, and although I will not be placing everything on my goals list this…

Spain – Pobra do Caraminal

Spain, a dream travel destination for me.The culture, food, people and history of Spain has always illuminated my mind. It fascinates me, swallows me up and takes my imagination for a prisoner. One day I wish to discover this culturally rich countries secrets for myself. To walk its colorful streets, lounge on the sandy beaches and dip my feet into the Mediterranean sea. I wish to see the passion unfold as people dance flamenco, I wish to taste the spices of the country. What a wonderful place to visit.   Spain is a place bountiful with culture and history…