Guest Post by Peter Klika Ask About the Culture When traveling, I try to ask questions about the local culture: What is a typical wedding ceremony like? What special dishes are prepared during local holidays? These type of questions are more likely to be appreciated than the more mundane (but totally legitimate) questions like: "Where's… Continue reading Ask, Wave, Knock and Doors Will Be Opened
By Mary Kay Seales A short ferry ride away from Seattle, but wondrously off the grid, Vashon Island is a lush and lovely day trip to clear your head and soak up some green. Take the West Seattle ferry, car and driver around $20, or ride your bike on a sunny day for $6.50.… Continue reading Vashon Island: Paradise Lost in Puget Sound
By Mary Kay Seales Grace and poise, ballet in nature, bringing to mind islands and seas, sun and sand. Fresh green, covered with sun diamonds in the rain. Swaying, carefree, like an Ipanema girl, like a guileless beauty standing at the shoreline, eyes gazing outward, thinking...what? Stories of travelers, seamen, mermaids and gyres? I… Continue reading In Homage to Palm Trees
By Mary Kay Seales Yes, I know. Young Monks in the Temple. The perfect name for a band, right? Better than Snarky Puppy, if you ask me. Or Smashing Pumpkins. But this is not a band, and these are actual young monks on their way to a temple, the Meenaskshi Temple in Madurai, South India,… Continue reading Young Monks in the Temple
By Mary Kay Seales "In 2015 Chennai was named the "hottest" city (worth visiting, and worth living in for long term) by the BBC, citing the mixture of both modern and traditional values." What were they thinking? I don't like to diss any place that is not my home because I am a visitor. How… Continue reading Marina Beach on the Bay of Bengal: Horseback Rides, Freshly Roasted Corn on the Cob & Kalashnikovs
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Here’s something new for the climbers out there! Stark beauty, ice blue, bold spirit!
Winter time brings Iceland to my mind. I’ve been writing about remarkable ice caves in Iceland. Since then, I’ve discovered there is a new sport perfectly suited for these caves – ice climbing. It requires strength and technique of a sport climber, but it is performed on ice with an ice axe and crampons.
I’ve visited glacier and it is a stunning place. Even on a perfect day, it is still dangerous. It is not recommended to go of track at any point since you can not know where ice and snow is sleekly and if it is going to collapse. On a perfect day, with no desire to get in trouble, it is still necessary to wear belt and ice axe and, of course, crampons because without them there is no way anyone can walk on glacier safely.
Now imagine you are going to enter the ice cave and…
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by Mary Kay Seales Nobody likes beaches like I like beaches! When my mind wanders, that's where it goes. To a beach I've known and loved or to one on my list of "Most Wanted Beaches." I'm not sure if everyone feels so entranced by the sight of white sand and blue water, of waves… Continue reading Beaches, Beaches and More Beaches