japan, pre travel

Looking to Tokyo 2020

Ever since it was announced that Tokyo would be the host city of the next summer Olympics, I've been going around telling friends and family that I will be there. Whenever it's come up in conversation -- which happens often when I'm the one starting the conversation -- Bryce and I exclaim in union: Tokyo… Continue reading Looking to Tokyo 2020

europe, Uncategorized

That time I spent less than 24 hours in Rome — on purpose

It's crazy to think I got along just fine traveling on my own with no smart phone, let alone cell phone, back when I was in college. (This was more than a decade ago, eeek!) I'm so reliant on my phone now. How did I manage back then? I guess a decade ago I was… Continue reading That time I spent less than 24 hours in Rome — on purpose

new zealand

Christchurch: the rebuilding of a city

Once again we arrived to our destination with me rubbing my eyes after waking up from another nap in the car. It was the late afternoon and Christchurch seemed quiet. We saw a few people zoom by on those motorized scooters you can rent. We also saw many of those green scooters just scattered along… Continue reading Christchurch: the rebuilding of a city

travel

Happy Earth Day!

As a traveler, I know I have a larger carbon foot print compared to others. Air travel of CO2 emissions are high. This Earth is the one and only home we have. Sure, maybe there is a similar place to Earth somewhere in a galaxy far, far away but it's not like we will be… Continue reading Happy Earth Day!

Pacific Northwest, seattle

Embracing (a sunny) winter wonderland

It was sunny in Seattle on Sunday and instead of leaving Seattle and taking a ferry ride, my husband and I left Seattle and went to the snow. We've owned our own pair of snowshoes since December but with all the traveling in the last few months, hadn't made it out to the mountains to… Continue reading Embracing (a sunny) winter wonderland

new zealand

Christchurch — just my thoughts

I was in shock when my husband told me what had just happened in Christchurch as we were making dinner Thursday evening. It was Friday afternoon in New Zealand and the Christchurch community was living a nightmare. Bryce and I were just on vacation in New Zealand last month and visited Christchurch. I couldn't believe… Continue reading Christchurch — just my thoughts