Tucson Anyone?

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I love being surprised on holiday and Tucson was that sort of place. The weather was perfect for March. Warm enough to lounge by the pool all day and cool enough to hike.

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No Regrets Iceland!

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My main aspiration when traveling is: no regrets! That’s why I passionately and relentlessly research the ins-and-outs of getting around efficiently, what not to miss, and how to save money without short-changing the experience.

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Costa Rican Easter

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My baby girl wholeheartedly rejoicing in this foreign place—it was perfection. I would never forget this Easter moment—a flawless blend of nature, God, harmony and humanity.

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NYC At Her Best!

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The doors opened and there she was---New York City at her best.  The kids awed with delight.  “Wow,” said Raegan.  “Cool,” said Braeden. The door opening blew a freezing gust of wind directly at us. We buttoned up our coats, pulled our hats down over our ears and pushed through it. We were finally outside on the touring deck.

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Pumpkin Soup

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Autumn is my favorite season in Switzerland. Deep earthy green, orange, brown and yellow, color the hills and farmlands that surround the city. Rich smells fill the home: fresh burning wood, incense of cinnamon and clove, musky blankets brought down from the closet shelf.

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Firsts

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Watching from my sun chair, book in hand, floppy hat protecting my eyes from the setting sun, I jumped up and shouted, “that’s it buddy, you got it! Well done.”  That moment left me teary. No words exchanged, their smile, humble pride and hug saying it all.

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Wake-up Call

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During one drive we sat quietly for what must have an hour, watching a herd of buffalos make their way to the water hole for their nightly drink. There looked to be a hundred of them, moving quietly and deftly towards the water, barely noticing us nearby. The kids didn’t say a word, they were mesmerized.

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First Impressions

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The ice cream quickly melted down their hands as they ran off toward the water’s edge. I closed my eyes, the sun warming my face. I was glad my first impressions had changed. So much so that Oslo was quickly becoming a favorite.  I took her pulse—she was lively yet refined.

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Head First

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“Wait, what, you are going to do that?” Braeden said. The first sense of guilt entered my mind. Sean volunteered to go first.  With the greatest fear of heights, he wanted to get it over with.  I was relieved. Maybe watching him jump, bounce, hang and be pulled back up would give me confidence.

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A Mother's Fear

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If I wanted my children to become global citizens who interact with the world in conscious and life-generating ways, I had to start with myself. That meant paying attention to my fears and asking myself if they were serving me and my family. 

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The Fisherman

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Maybe like the fisherman I could put more focus on the small things in my life and do them really well, with appreciation and depth. It was as though the fisherman was saying to me: Love for what you do is not measured by how far your influence travels. Sometimes, impact that docks closest to home is most important. Perhaps the small things would allow me to be more present in the moment.

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Sites Unseen

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The kids spotted their first family of monkeys, swinging through the trees, babies on backs, curiously and knowingly waiting for one of us to drop something they could inquire about.  Raegan pushed herself closer to them while Braeden slid his shoulder behind my hip. I took the opportunity to hold him a little closer, as we gave each that familiar smile—no words exchanged.

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Rest Stop

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I took a deep breath and became mesmerized by the scene. I watched the kids climb and jump, climb and jump, climb and jump—and while at times I grimaced, mostly I smiled, filled with awe at my kids’ courage and sense of adventure. 

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Bring Water Shoes

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The day had quickly transformed. While the kids played I stood back to take in the surroundings. A waterfall gushing in front of the semi-hidden caves in the hard desert wall.  The landscape, while mostly in tans and browns, was rich with texture and energy. 

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Poop Happens

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I walked back into the restaurant to see how resourceful I could be.  One of the women from the kitchen greeted me with a smile.  In broken Italian I endeavored to explain our situation.  It didn’t take much.  She laughed and with no words exchanged, followed me to the car.  

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Choices

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I took a deep breath. I looked at the sea ahead, the land disappearing behind us, and felt the sun warm on my back.  With my daughter’s hand in mine and my son’s laughter filling my ears, I decided to just let it sail, to allow this moment to become one of the best in my life.

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