Nightime Adventures in Nanjing

Nanjing is an enchanting "2nd tier" city in China, just one hour by bullet train north of Shanghai.  Full of history and friendly people, Thom and I took to the streets to explore and experience the culture firsthand.  There is nothing better than seeing the look on the hotel concierge's face as we ask for a map, tell them where we want to go and then explain we are going to walk there.  At this moment, their heads explode and they start arguing with us that we can't do it.  Want to bet?  Want to try and stop me???  And off we go......more

Streets of Hanoi

What's it like to walk the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam? to begin to describe this frightening, wonderfully unique place.   First, the people are as friendly and helpful as the scooters are plentiful.  The scene here is so different from Shanghai, where we live now.  There are hardly any luxury stores or cars here yet the average citizen seems to live well and be very happy.  Though we got a few hard stares from the older guys, in general we were accepted and welcomed with open arms. ...more

A Beautiful Day In Hanoi, Vietnam

It was lovely to see the ladies dancing in Vietnam just like they do in China.  They had their loud speakers going and were working it!  Our only day to enjoy Hanoi, we decided to  walk around Hoan Kiem Lake today and enjoyed the warm weather.  This lake is in the heart of the Old Quarter in Hanoi and seems to be enjoyed by all the locals.  From the lovely pagoda in the middle of the lake to the bridge over to an island,  the flowers were blooming everywhere.  This is the one public space we have seen in Vietnam that is in good repair and maintenance. ...more

Positive or Negative? It's all about Perspective!

Perspective: A mental view or outlook.“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of a thought. A state of mind, perspective.” Perspective is an important skill to acquire. If used in a positive way it can benefit you greatly. Well, at least I am a firm believer of this. There is a positive to every negative, you just have to look at things through a different perspective!...more
dawnkealing melanie jean juneau  that is what makes them ring with authenticitymore

Craigleith Provincial Park {Adventures}

Maybe the endless blanket of white snow is starting to get to me, maybe I’m just wishing for warm days on a sunny beach, but whatever it is, I’ve decided to bump up a new series I’ve been planning on running....more

Walter Mitty and Other Fantasies

Have you had a little too much reality in 2013?  Too many emails from your boss, your child's teacher, your lawyer?  Have you had some days where you wish you could say goodnight an hour after you've gotten up?  Ahem, I have...and that is why The Secret Life of Walter Mitty had  me levitating in the theatre....more
Deb RoxYou won't regret the time or $ to see it.  I can't say that about all the movies out ...more

Fly Girl in Training: When a simulated engine failure becomes a forced landing

 Simulated engine failure turned actual emergency,...more

30 AFTER 30... The Adventure List

30 AFTER 30 (…the Adventure List)november 15, 2013 by jennifer kaufman 1 comment...more

Taking Advantage of Being Home Part 1: Visiting the Climbing Wall

I wrote a post a couple days ago about positivity and taking advantage of being home instead of mopping around during the cold winter. I made a goal for myself to take advantage being home by getting out and checking out what our town has to offer. A brand new climbing wall just opened up and we were invited by some friends to check it out with them. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, mostly because I had only climbed an indoor climbing wall once. I had no idea what belaying was or much to do with the sport at all....more