HFHI Women Build 2017 Paraguay – Farewell

HFHI Women Build 2017 Paraguay – Farewell

You may not think five days of manual labor goes by as quickly as it did for our team of 16 Global Village volunteers, at least if you aren’t used to digging ditches, back-filling foundations and mixing concrete by hand.  Let me assure you, not one of us does any of these things as our … Continue reading

Martinique – Short & Sweet

Martinique – Short & Sweet

If you love to travel as I do and if you homeschool as I do, you may be looking for deals that make “roadschool” possible, as I do.  Let’s just say that when I found out that Norwegian Airline flies directly to Martinique and Guadeloupe from my hometown, for between $250  and $350 roundtrip, all … Continue reading

ECUADOR – Climbing Quito’s Basilica

ECUADOR – Climbing Quito’s Basilica

I am definitely NOT an adrenaline junkie when it comes to exploring the world.  Once I ascended to the first lookout inside the Quito’s cathedral La Basilica Voto Nacional, an easy stair climb, I found out there was more, and I couldn’t resist!  It’s not so bad as long as you don’t have a fear … Continue reading

ECUADOR – Two Nights in Mindo

ECUADOR – Two Nights in Mindo

With only one week I wasn’t sure about spending a couple nights anywhere but Quito on our first trip to Ecuador.  In retrospect, Mindo is the perfect diversion from Quito’s sprawl, concrete and cars.  Just a two hour drive outside the city you’ll be a place that feels very much like the forest, which after … Continue reading

ECUADOR – One Week In & Around Quito

ECUADOR – One Week In & Around Quito

Un pais pequeño de gran corazón.  Tiny country, huge heart. Exploring Ecuador is on my permanent To-Do List.  With more to see and do packed into this coastal nation occupying some of the northwestern bulge of South American than expected, you’d be wise to stay for a good long while, or plan on going back.  … Continue reading

Turks & Caicos: In Case You Haven’t Heard

Turks & Caicos: In Case You Haven’t Heard

I’ve visited more than half of the Caribbean Island nations.  Recently I was asked which was my favorite.  The Turks & Caicos, though technically located in the Atlantic Ocean not the Caribbean Sea.  But that’s just geography right?  Here’s why. #1 – It’s Gorgeous. Grace Bay is one of the best beaches I’ve had the … Continue reading

Smells Good in Here Potato Soup

Smells Good in Here Potato Soup

  Menu planning for the week.  I ask myself, “What seems good to me this time of year, as birds and temperatures head south, winter is imminent yet the days are still filled with plenty of sunshine wrestling the cool breezes?”  Soup.  Definitely soup. I comb through recipes pre-grocery shop as I usually do and … Continue reading

RTW in 50 Days – TURKEY, Istanbul

RTW in 50 Days – TURKEY, Istanbul

USA | FIJI | NEW ZEALAND | AUSTRALIA | SINGAPORE | THAILAND | EGYPT | ITALY | TURKEY | USA Like all the others, I began writing this post during our time in country.  Also like many posts before, it wasn’t possible to publish it while I was there.  Sometimes we were too busy living … Continue reading