Vancouver Trip

"You long to see the Great Pyramids of Egypt." Sometimes it's nice to have a change of scenery. I took a short trip a few weeks back to Vancouver. Though I've been before for a whirlwind book talk, I didn't get the chance to soak in the city back then. This time around, I balanced spurts of writing (and reading) with exploration of the local area. Vancouver, to me, seems like a great mix of the natural and the urban. Here are a few highlights from my trip. From the nature side... I … [Read more...]

Wayfarers Chapel

I've had this building on my list of to-visit sites for a while. Located in the scenic Rancho Palos Verdes, it's made of glass. Wayfarer's Chapel, also known as "The Glass Church," was designed by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright: Lloyd Wright. I love the surrounding redwood trees and ocean, which give this popular wedding spot a peaceful nature-filled atmosphere. Nestled on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, it's got an amazing view: The chapel has some beautiful little gardens around it, … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Heart Rock

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Crystal Cave

"A much needed vacation will bring a great deal of enjoyment." We wanted to cool down for the summer. What better way to do that than to go caving? Crystal Cave is a marble cavern located in the Sequoia National Park. It's a guided tour, and there's a half-mile trail down to the cave entrance. The walk is beautiful, though, and there are a number of trees and even some water trickles to admire along the way. Near the cave entrance, there's a nice waterfall area. It's like a two-for-one … [Read more...]

Downtown Los Angeles

"Each bird likes his own nest best." I took a little jaunt to explore my own backyard. Amidst the towering skyscrapers, there shines a gleaming, curved metallic building. Yep, I got to tour the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Walt Disney Concert Hall Instead of choosing the guided tour, I opted for the audio version, complete with headphones and the narration of John Lithgow. The bright side of walking at my own pace was being able to soak in the experience and take all the pictures I wanted. I … [Read more...]

Yellowstone trip

"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be." Our major summer vacation destination was Yellowstone! This trip crisscrossed across four different states: Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. In Yellowstone, we got to see animals up close and personal! This bison was waiting for me outside my window. We also experienced several stops because of bison crossings. The park is known for its geothermal features. Since the Earth's internal temperature is super hot, it creates … [Read more...]

Texas Trip

"Adventure awaits you." Over spring break, I traveled to Texas. Though I expected to hear more twang, I got quite a few ma'ams and y'alls. People were very polite and hospitable there. Here are a few highlights: Spotted some longhorns:   Grabbed kolaches as snacks--there are quite a number of bakeries specializing in these Czech treats: Listened to live music: Watched bats fly out into the night: Crossed the border into Louisiana and went crabbing! Where have you gone recently? … [Read more...]

Mexico City, Part 2

"You are altruistic and will be involved in many humanitarian projects." Did you know that... Over 20,000 Mexican children are victims of sex trafficking every year? 27 million is the estimated number of victims in the world today? The organization I worked with in Mexico City is called El Pozo de Vida, or The Well of Life. It has a whole gamut of services, from prevention to intervention to restoration. Areas I helped with included: Block party. An event thrown in the red … [Read more...]

Mexico City, Part 1

"You are a bundle of energy, always on the go." First off, here's a list of the casualties from our trip: 1 phone (mine), dead. Thank goodness the boarding pass didn't get wiped out until after I passed the security checkpoint! Mosquito bites (multiple). Poor hubby! One swelled up to goose egg size on his head :( Aches and pains (ongoing). I've still got a crick in my neck from sleeping funny and twisting my head. And yet...I had culture shock returning to the States. I … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday Fiesta

Foodie Friday Fiesta: Lots of yummy eating in Mexico! My blog went dark since last week because I was overseas in Mexico! We traveled to Mexico City for nine days (more on that amazing adventure on Monday's blog). While there, we feasted on goodies. Here's a brief sample of what I enjoyed: Agua: Not just water, agua frescas are delicious juices served at many stands. What I love about these drinks is that you can combine your most beloved fruits into a customized blend. And they're … [Read more...]