Tag: Travel

Get Off the Bus

The plane lands and it’s time to travel from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport. We hop on a charter bus to transport our group the 64 kilometers it takes to drive from Gatwick to Heathrow. The whole day is before us…our next flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, doesn’t leave until the late evening. It’s a great opportunity to see a bit of London. We make several stops throughout the day to see a lot of the touristy London landmarks. There’s not enough time to go in each and every place, but at every single stop, we have the chance to walk.

Take in the fresh smoggy London air.

Interact with locals, travelers, and tourists.

Capture a few moments at each site.

Catch a glimpse of the London culture.

Breathe in the history of the city.

 

Yet, at almost every stop we make, some people in our group decide to stay on the bus and sleep. I know we all have different personalities, and when we travel, we definitely all need to take some down time…time where we can rest, recuperate, and gather our thoughts. We can’t go all of the time, but it’s hard for me to take in that in our limited time in London, many in our group choose to miss out on the sights, sounds, and smells of London. Sleeping on the bus while art, history, architecture, people, and culture await, is the choice of some even though we have another ten hour flight coming up later in the evening.

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10 Things About Me

Hey everyone! I want you to get to know me a little more, so I asked myself a few icebreaker questions. I hope you enjoy learning more about me, and I would love to hear your answers to some of these questions so we can get to know each other a bit.

Q. If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

A. Tacos, definitely tacos. And hopefully the tacos come with a side of guacamole, queso, and chips.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about the summer?

A. sunshine and long days of sunlight

Q. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you choose to go, and why?

A. My answer can change daily, because I pretty much want to go anywhere I’ve never been before. I like to travel and would love the opportunity to travel to far more places than I’ve been, both in the United States and around the world. The top two places currently on my wish list are Israel and Mauritius. Israel because of the history, culture, and seeing the Bible come to life even more. And I would like to do the standard “float in the Dead Sea” thing. Mauritius is on my wish list because it’s a place I’ve never been, I have friends with family roots in Mauritius, and it’s a beautiful island. I can get my beach time, sunshine, and relaxation.

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Travel Interview #1: Patty Hutton

My first travel interview is with one of my best friends, Patty Hutton. Patty and I have been friends for over 15 years, and I’m excited to share a glimpse into her travel adventures with you! Patty grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Evangel University in Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Government. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Pepperdine University. After graduating with her master’s, Patty became an aid worker and has had the amazing opportunity to travel for both work and pleasure. I hope Patty’s travels inspire you to get out and adventure well.

Source: https://www.facebook.com

Q. Where are some places you’ve traveled?

A. Western Europe, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Liberia, Morocco, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Croatia, Bosnia, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Greece, Costa Rica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico

Q. How do you prepare for a trip?

A. I  think after you travel a lot, you don’t really prepare. I always say to check for your passport, wallet, phone, and charger. Those are actually the only things you truly need to get around. Everything else is really a bonus!

Q. What is your favorite place you’ve visited, and why?

A. It’s hard to say. Each place is special for different reasons. I rarely like to visit places multiple times. I’d rather go to new places, but the places I would go back to without hesitation are Cambodia, Jordan, Ireland, Bosnia, Morocco, and Iraq.

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Things to Do in Portland, Oregon

Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from March through December and features artisans and food vendors from the Pacific Northwest. It’s located off of Naito Parkway along the Willamette River. Meander through the booths, buy a gift or two, sample some kombucha, listen to the live band, and gobble down an elephant ear. [For those of you unfamiliar with the edible type of elephant ear, it is a pastry about the size of a real elephant’s ear covered in cinnamon and sugar goodness.]

Old Town Chinatown

Some of Portland’s must-dos are located within the boundaries of Old Town Chinatown. But whether or not you decide to hit all the must-dos or not, take some time to wander the streets of Old Town Chinatown. Take in all the sights, and see what you discover. Some of the places you may want to stop and experience are Lan Su Chinese Garden, Voodoo Doughnuts [be prepared to wait in line], and the historic Union Station.

Powell’s

An entire city block of books. What’s not to love? If you’re a reader, you better sketch out some good quality time to peruse Powell’s bookstore. It’s hard for me to resist books, and one of my dreams has been to have a library requiring a sliding ladder in my house, so this was a must stop (twice!) for me.

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Portland, Oregon

 

Population: 619,360 [Source: United States Census Bureau]

Location: Multnomah County, Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S.A.

People: Portlanders

Name: Portland was named for Francis W. Pettygrove’s hometown of Portland, Maine, in 1845.

Population in 1850 [the time of the first U.S. Census]: 821

Enjoy a little history about Portland, Oregon:

Before the Oregon Territory was established as such, two bands of Upper Chinook Indians lived in the area now known as Portland. In the 1830s and 1840s, American, Canadian, and British traders, trappers, and settlers began to settle in this spot. It was a common stopping place along the Willamette River as people traveled between Oregon City and Fort Vancouver.

The breathtaking views, access to water, and much more aided in the settlement of the Portland area. Portland became a more attractive settlement than Oregon City, the then territorial capital, due to its prime location at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Fun Facts:

• Host of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, a world’s fair
33rd state to join the Union, in 1859
• Portland’s first amusement park, Oaks Park, which opened in 1905, is still open.
Clark Gable sold neckties at the Meier & Frank department store in Portland before becoming famous in Hollywood.

[Source: www.pdxhistory.com]

3 Ways to Recharge

We live in a fast paced world. Our decisions and life often keep us busy…too busy. If we don’t take time to recharge, the result may be…

                …less than exceptional work.

                …broken friendships.

                …burn out.

                …isolation.

                …exhaustion.

We can stretch ourselves too thin if we’re not careful. So we need to find ways to recharge. It might be 10 minutes by yourself. An extra drive around the block to gain a couple more minutes of quiet time. Turning off the TV. Running. Playing the piano.

The recharging methods can vary for each of us based on our personalities, gifts, interests, and season of life. Some of us get rejuvenated by spending time with other people. Others of us crave time alone and need that time to recharge. Today I’m going to share three of my current ways of recharging, relaxing, and recuperating.

Reading a book.

I love to curl up with a good book. I usually prefer to read fiction books, especially historical fiction, because a great story helps me unwind and relax. Occasionally I will pull out a memoir or inspirational book.

If you have a book recommendation, shoot it my way!

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What to Do in Waco, Texas

 

Visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos. For my fellow Fixer Upper fans, this is a must stop and is likely why you are headed to Waco in the first place. Fixer Upper is a remodeling show on HGTV featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines. Chip and Jo help their clients find a house, renovate it, and design it to suit their clients’ style. Chip and Jo are fun to watch, are authentic, relatable, hard-working, creative, and make their marriage and family a priority. They often feature local artisans through items incorporated in the design. The Silos are in downtown Waco and are hard to miss. Hit up the Silos Baking Co. on the corner of the Silos property and enjoy a cupcake or two. I opted for the Red Velvet cupcake on my recent visit, because, well, that is my all-time favorite kind of cake. Check out the outdoor seating area and head on over to get in line for the Magnolia Market, the Gaines’ shop at the Silos. You’ll find lots of farmhouse-inspired goodies to buy. There are food trucks, pavilions, a small greenhouse and garden, and more on the property. You can shop, eat, and enjoy some quality time with your family or friends.

My advice: Arrive early. The bakery opens at 7:30am, and you can get in line a few minutes before that. Grab a pastry or cupcake to enjoy. There’s nowhere to sit and eat inside of the bakery, but you can take your treats outside and eat under one of the pavilions, in the seating area just outside of the bakery, or at one of the picnic tables. The Magnolia Market shop opens its doors at 9:00am. If a line starts to form, you may want to go ahead and take your place in line outside of the shop to be one of the first few in the shop. Be prepared for crowds. Fixer Upper continues to gain in popularity and the crowds are flocking to Waco to visit the Silos. I chatted with one of the Magnolia Market employees and he told me that they get 5,000 to 6,000 on a slow day. A slow day. They might see as many as 12,000 people through their doors on a busy day. Don’t expect to meet Chip and Jo. You might get to see and/or meet Chip and Jo, but know that they don’t hang out at the Silos all the time. They are busy people with multiple businesses. As fun as it would be to meet them, most visitors to the Silos are not going to have the opportunity to meet Chip and Jo.

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My Top 10 Travel Quotes

Today’s edition of Friday Favorites features 10 of my favorite travel-related quotes. I love to travel and explore near and far as often as I can! I hope these motivate and inspire you to go explore. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to travel and experience an adventure. Sometimes all we need to do is look up and out to see the world right around us.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.”

– Paulo Coelho

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

– Maya Angelou

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

– Mother Teresa

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

– Robert Frost

 

 

Go. Explore. Dream. Discover. Learn. Grow.