By Mary Kay Seales with guest poster, Peter Klika Elephants are revered by Hindus as a symbol of the god, Ganesh, the god with an elephant's head. He wasn't born with an elephant's head, of course. He was born a normal boy to the great god, Shiva. However, one day upon returning home, Shiva saw… Continue reading Not a Beast of Burden
Guest Post By Peter Klika I love cemeteries. Wherever I travel, I always try to visit the local cemetery if it is not intrusive. A cemetery can reveal an intimate picture of the history and culture of a location that travel guides seldom do. Pictured below is the mausoleum of Eva Perón (Evita) in Recoleta… Continue reading Talk Softly Flowers Optional
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 "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