Sea Kayaking Around Lawlor Island, Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

Strolling along Fisherman’s Cove one evening, just a five minute walk from where we are staying in Eastern Passage, we spotted a kayaking tour business!  Upon entering we discovered that the owner is a friend, Fred Stillman! Fred owns Kattuk Expeditions with  Sea Kayaking McNab’s Island at Fisherman’s Cove!  Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!  If you are visiting Fisherman’s Cove we…

I Miss the Weather in Nova Scotia!

Living in the Middle East means living in an arid climate with virtually no rain or clouds or any sign of precipitation, including hot winds of the Arabian desert that blow scorching across your skin like a hairdryer on high and a constant sun that blazes down on you with oppressive heat.   Don’t forget…

A Drive to The Tree of Life, Bahrain

Bahrain seems to have a different feel from Qatar.  More laid back.  Not laid back as in the very liberal UAE.  Just more settled.  Older. But the driving was just as nuts as it is in Doha!  We witnessed a terrible car accident as we drove from the airport to the hotel Thursday night.  A…

Indoor Skydiving – Gravity Wind Tunnel, Zallaq, Bahrain – Day 2

During our second day at Gravity, Michael finished up his hour booked for the weekend with 2 ten minute sessions.  I booked 1 two minute session with the option to add on more minutes as I wanted to. Michael and I were both stiff and sore.  Surprisingly so.  Gary kindly informed us yesterday that we’d…

Indoor Skydiving – Gravity Wind Tunnel, Zallaq, Bahrain

We flew to Bahrain this weekend for indoor skydiving at Gravity wind tunnel. This was a total first for me.  I have never jumped out of a perfectly good airplane in this crazy sport called sky diving or have I ever simulated free falling in a vertical wind tunnel.  Michael, on the other hand, has been jumping out of…

Arabian Afternoons – An Afternoon at Souq Waqif Doha, Qatar

I enjoyed an afternoon at the Souq Waqif . This is one of my favorite hang out places. I arrived hours before most shops opened and walked in the heat of the midday sun deciding on where to have lunch. I decided on Syrian food, at Damasca One restaurant. I sat upstairs with the intention of smoking…

Moments – Phuket, Thailand

Sunset, Karon Beach Interesting Trees Souvenir Shop in Patong where we bought three of the hanging wood carvings of twisted, bizarre faces!!  We noticed the name of the shop after the fact…..very fitting for the area!!  😉 Umbrellas hanging above the entrance of a restaurant.  An ice cream shop with a close up of gum drops…

Zekreet Beach. Well, Not Really!! Zekreet, Qatar

Michael and I packed up the doggies and headed for Zekreet Beach.  This area a popular spot for camping and a popular go-to spot on the weekends. This was an adventure for sure because just like all the universal “off the grid” locations that only locals know about and/or aren’t clearly indicated on how to get…

Wat Chalong Temple, Phuket, Thailand

  After visiting The Big Budda, we continued on to visit the Wat Chalong Temple.  This, the largest of Phuket’s temples, houses a splinter of bone from Buddha.  As we walked the grounds, fireworks were lit and exploded in unique furnaces.  We weren’t sure of the significance of this, but it sure was loud! Visiting…

The Big Buddha, Phuket, Thailand

Michael and I decided to visit Buddhist temples in the area.  Our first stop was The Big Buddha located on top of one of the Nakkerd Hills, not far from our hotel. After our unexpected adventure on , our ride on Lulu, the elephant we continued up the road to the apex of the hill that…

Riding Bareback on LuLu the Elephant, Phuket, Thailand

This was a moral dilemma. It was so, SO exciting to ride an elephant – bareback at that!!!! An experience I will never forget because it was a teenager dream Indiana Jones inspired adventure come true…. BUT…. Only if the elephants are treated ethically. Most of the Tripadvisor feedback of elephant safaris in Thailand are…

Bangla Road, Patong, Thailand

We ended up here, Bangla Road, …because it was where all the action was, shopping right? We didn’t know what we were getting into… but when it hit, we took it in. That said…… I lasted maybe an hour and wanted to leave!  It was CRAZY!  Packed, PACKED with tourists and built for tourists, this…

Rang Hill, Phuket Town, Thailand

Without a destination in mind, we set off on a scooter for a day of adventure! Michael has driven scooters in Bali, Indonesia as well as having his own motorcycle, so he was a confident driver on the busy streets of Phuket! We found ourselves driving up Rang Hill to discover a look off over…

Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Thailand

We booked a tour through Phuket Island Hopper to explore the Phi Phi Islands. The sky was overcast…rain seemed just around the corner.  I was grateful for the overcast sky as it was a minimal shield from the sun scorching us during this entire day spent on and in the waters of the Andaman Sea. The sun here, like…

Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Coming to you live from Phuket, Thailand! I’ve been awake since 4:40am yesterday, Thursday morning and have since then worked, home to meet Michael to get a taxi to the airport, have flown on three airplanes with (of course) a few glitches along the way when transferring from plane to plane!!  Seems our luggage arrived…

The Dancing Fountain, Dubai Mall, United Arab Emirates

Joan and I ended Day One of shopping watching The Dancing Fountain. It is better to watch at night because of the lights, but we were DONE after a full day and the 6:30 show at sunset suited me just fine!!! It truly was spectacular, the video not doing it justice as the thundering of the…