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…

Yule tide carols being sung by a choir

Tis the time of year. If you are able to ignore the drizzly rain, you can really believe this is a Christmas wonderland. This post is full of photos of the scenes around us these days. The winter here so far has been unseasonably mild. That translates into a need to bundle up each morning…

Shared experiences and bonding over failures

There comes a certain responsibility with sharing our experiences, ensuring that we are painting a true representation of the full experience. Capturing the good, the bad and the ever present risk of getting locked on a train. Despite this transparent sharing, we seem to have encouraged others to consider an adventure similar to our own….

A Swiss tradition – National Futures Day

Welcome to Switzerland, enjoy your stay in 1951. Living in Switzerland has surprisingly awakened the feisty feminist in me. Feisty is a better word than angry or ragey. Those are the words, unfortunately, that more accurately described my state of mind earlier this week. Allow me to elaborate. This week we celebrated Swiss Future Day,…

Not all caves are created equally.

It feels like an impossible task, trying to summarize our recent days. When we chose to stay in Switzerland, we promised the kids that we’d travel and explore, near and far. A bucket list was created and slowly but surely we’re checking off destinations, only to be replaced by more and more places we hope…

A weekend to unwind.

I have learned from my recent ordeal with shingles that I must look after myself and I have made a serious effort to take it down a notch. I won’t lie when I admit that I am partially vain in this effort as I’d really rather not have to deal with more wardrobe malfunctions while…

Sweet sixteen.

16 years married. That’s longer than either of us has stuck with anything! One certainty is this, on that fateful day, 16 years ago, neither of us would have predicted where we are today. This life we find ourselves leading here has surprised us all. What began as a dream which took form during a…

Once I was the King of Spain

International travel for work was so exciting and seemed even glamorous – until it didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I do feel a sense of excitement about every pending destination on our horizon. And there are still so many “whose life is this anyways?” moments in every trip. However, there are also sporadic “get to…

Hamburg anyone?

My latest business adventures took me to Hamburg this past week. 5 days in the port city that is connected to the North Sea and as such, it is an incredible hub for shipping. We were attending SMM, known to be the biggest shipping exhibition in the world. And big it was! Staggering really. With…

Third time’s a charm?

There’s no other time of year that we anticipate with as much dread and hope. The furrowed brows and heavy sighs began during what should have been care free summer days. The weight of the new school year is heavy on all of us. The kids, for the fear of the unknown, made so much…