Tag Archives: Bhutan

A ‘new normal’? It all depends what we want out of life

The question about what is most important in life is a very, very old one, and the answers never converge on universal agreement. It appears that this is not likely to change as the world navigates the challenges of a … Continue reading

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How can climate change not be the main goal of all countries in 2020? Canada?!

Australia is burning. California’s been burning. British Columbia’s been burning. Portugal’s been burning. This summer, the Arctic broke records for wildfires in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and Siberia. In the Arctic!  We’ve seen storms more volatile and ferocious than ever before, … Continue reading

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Running and cycling races in enchanting Bhutan

If you’re looking for a cycling race or a road race that challenges you physically, boy, does Bhutan have some races for you. And if you’re looking for a cycling or running destination race that takes you to one of … Continue reading

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The votes are in and … money is not what brings happiness

Earlier this week, an article appears in Canada’s self-proclaimed national newspaper (which no longer provides print copies here in Atlantic Canada!) that immediately caught my attention: “Money really isn’t everything: The surprising new ranking of Canada’s happiest – and most … Continue reading

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Our 15 favourite trips, time for an update

Four years ago I wrote a post that captured our 15 favourite trips of all times – at that time. It took us quite a while to come up with only 15, but we did it. As it turns out, … Continue reading

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Our 15 favourite trips, for now at least

We have been travelling together since we were first married more than 45 years ago.  My husband and I  love to see new places and learn about different cultures and their history.  We love to experience firsthand the remarkable variation in natural settings, … Continue reading

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Bhutan: the Dragon Kingdom in the Himalayas

I’ll never forget the day a colleague of mine from electrical engineering came bursting to my office unexpectedly. I had never seen this mild-mannered, middle-aged engineering prof so excited. “Jane,” he said, “I’ve just come back from a trip to … Continue reading

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To travel or not to travel, that’s rarely been a question at our house

Robby: “Mama, how come we always go to Florida every winter, like Hubie Hummingbird and his family?  Ollie Osprey says his family goes to the Caribbean, and Rosie Grosbeak and her family go to Mexico.  Can’t we go somewhere new … Continue reading

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