Roman Ruins – Jerash, Jordan

Roman Ruins – Jerash, Jordan

I visited Jordan in 2000 and this photo was taken with my first ever digital camera. Jordan  has a rich history, the country is a wonderful mix of ancient and modern.

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My Inspiration for Solo Travel

My Inspiration for Solo Travel

In 1992 I hadn’t traveled very much yet. As a kid my family made an annual trip to Vancouver Island to visit my grandparents. I had taken a couple of trips to Europe for two or three weeks at a time and I always had a travel companion. I was still living in my hometown […]

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Traveling Buddies – Dog Cat Mouse

Traveling Buddies – Dog Cat Mouse

Dog Cat Mouse – a happy little trio I spotted in downtown Austin, TX a few years ago. Seeing a mouse snuggling on a cat who is sitting on a dog definitely made me smile. An adorable trio!

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5 Tips for Affordable Travel

5 Tips for Affordable Travel

  I am often asked how I can afford to travel so frequently. I’m not independently wealthy by any means. I do live quite frugally and I am very good at budgeting, although sometimes when I travel I do suffer from budget amnesia. When I start my trip planning I prepare a pre-travel budget and […]

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Always Remember – Take Time to Smell the Flowers

Always Remember – Take Time to Smell the Flowers

2013 is nearly over and I enjoyed another wonderful year! We all could use a little reminder every now and then to stop and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.  As my grandmother used to tell me, always remember to take some time to smell the flowers.  Looking forward to 2014!

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Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s painting of his son Pedrito on a wooden horse. Botero painted the portrait shortly after four-year-old Pedrito was killed in an auto accident in Spain in 1974 during a family vacation. The painting Pedrito  on a Horse can be seen at the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin Colombia – one of […]

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Don’t Mess With Susan

Don’t Mess With Susan

Can you spot the imposter? Just having a little fun outside of The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses located near Xi’an, China.

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Happy Solstice!

Happy Solstice!

This was taken in March of 2011 when I took my first and only group travel trip. We spent 10 days in China with Austin Community College and their study abroad program. China was amazing! I would love to go back and spend a few months traveling around the country. I think we were somewhere […]

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Smiling Buddha at Wahaha Hotel in Beijing

Smiling Buddha at Wahaha Hotel in Beijing

 

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Mona Lisa Painting by Fernando Botero

Mona Lisa Painting by Fernando Botero

Museo de Botero is located in La Candelaria neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia.  The museum was founded after a donation from the private collection of Fernando Botero including works by Dali, Chagall, and Picasso as well as 123 pieces of his personal artwork.  Admission is free.  An excellent way to spend an hour or two in this […]

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Colorful Parrots at Jurong Bird Park in Singapore

Colorful Parrots at Jurong Bird Park in Singapore

This is a flashback to 1993 when I traveled SE Asia for a few months on my first solo trip.  Last night I was scanning a bunch of old print photos and reminiscing.  My trip was long ago when measured in years but feels so very recent when measured in memories.

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Buenos Aires Balcony in San Telmo

Buenos Aires Balcony in San Telmo

Walking the Sunday market in San Telmo barrio I looked up and saw this pretty balcony.

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