After a long summer’s nap…

Well hello there! It’s been a while. A long while. It wasn’t you, it was me. Honest. You see, my mind has been quite full lately. My job challenges my mind in a way which leaves me with less time to ponder and genuflect. Less time to wonder if we’re on the right course, if…

Beat the heat

You may have heard…it’s been hot here. Like really, really hot. I’m not at my best when it’s hot. I become a certified indoor-girl. Seeking cool spaces and minimal movement. If I start to break a sweat, it can be hours before that will regulate. It’s not pretty. Elbows and upper lips shouldn’t be sweaty….

I didn’t see this coming.

I have come to firmly believe that being open to the unexpected in life is essential to living a full, enriched life. In all truth this is a perspective I must adopt in that my life presently bears very little resemblance to where I imagined I’d be. That said, I’m not sure how much I…

An abundant season of visitors.

We’ve had a recent stretch of visitors from Canada starting in early April with the arrival of my Mom and wrapping up now with my nephew Luke and his good friend on their first European backpacking adventure. It’s been a whirlwind stretch where we’ve shown off our favourite spots and discovered new places and new…

Easter in Portugal

In keeping with our promise to our kids that we’ll make the most of our time here to explore Europe, we’ve logged a few more miles this latest Spring holiday. Joined by Grandma, we had extra motivation to find new-to-all-of-us destinations. Our destination for Easter was Porto, Portugal. Other than the surprising, nearly non-existence recognition…

Adventures with my Mom

Living abroad means that you can’t always wish your mom a happy Mother’s Day in person. Luckily for me, my cup still runneth over with the memories of our most recent visit.   This is the second installment of the photos and experiences from our trip to Portugal and Northern Spain last month. The time…

Welcome to Singapore – leave your chewing gum at home

My life offers a fairly constant stream of new learning and opportunity. Most recently I learned that among other things, chewing gum is illegal in Singapore. Thankfully I travel with caring co-workers who alerted me of my poor choice after popping in a piece of gum as we were preparing to land in Singapore. Who…

That time, in Lisbon

This post is a little late. I had the chance to travel to Portugal in late February but the post is just happening now. The time was fantastic – perhaps my most inspiring work-trip to date. I came away feeling especially excited and proud of the role we are having in shaping the sustainability of…

Have passport, will travel.

Once upon a time, there was a girl with a passport and a pocket full of dreams. There was nothing that captured my imagination more than the idea of filling my passport with stamps, evidence of adventure and wanderings. So much so that a degree which began as Forestry eventually switched to Geography, matching my…

Korea, who knew!?

Unlike my preconceived notions of China, I had no expectations of Korea. I really hadn’t thought of it, hadn’t imagined it. So with no expectations to live up to, for me, Korea was a blank slate. A couple hour flight from Shanghai, I started to get excited from the view from the plane. Beautiful blue…

Little Garcia in Big China

Big delay since my last post…sorry. You see, I’ve been a wee bit busy traveling to ASIA! This is part 1 of a two part post. China in this post. Korea in the next. Light on words, heavy on pics, because we all  know that’s the good part! Having surprisingly found myself working in the…

Farewell 2018

It’s hard to believe we’ve closed another year already. Our time still has the capacity to simultaneously race by in the blink of an eye and slow to the pace of a snail, stretching out to an eternity. 2018 was rich in experiences, rife with emotions and full of change and opportunity. The time is…