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Funky Signs: Mythbusting at TEDxCluj

Funky Signs: Mythbusting at TEDxCluj
Text & photos © Estrella Azul In February 2016, there was a TEDxCluj event organized at the Florin Piersic cinema in downtown Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The theme was myth-busting. A sign stuck on the washroom door urged people to lock it after going inside. Or they’ll be like a myth—busted! The...
August 25th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols “Life is full of surprises and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns.” ~Condoleeza Rice On a recent trip to the UK, the tour guide...
August 11th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, QUIRKY PLACES, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Running through the Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, Cluj Napoca, Romania

Running through the Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, Cluj Napoca, Romania
Text & photos © Estrella Azul The Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, opened in 1929 as an outdoor museum, is beautiful. I recall going there on a class trip somewhere around 3rd grade. As opposed to many of my classmates, I didn’t have grandparents or other relatives living on farms in the Romanian...
July 28th, 2017 | ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, Forests, Historic/Museums, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Lobo Trails, Albuquerque, New Mexico: Benefits of the Gold Trail for jogging or walking your dog

Lobo Trails, Albuquerque, New Mexico: Benefits of the Gold Trail for jogging or walking your dog
Story by Milli Thornton. Photos Copyright © Milli Thornton. Part of the Lobo Trails system of the University of New Mexico, the Gold Trail is a 2-mile walking track in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In keeping with the wellness drive of UNM’s Employee Health Promotion department, Lobo Trails are meant...
July 14th, 2017 | STAFF, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

A Quick & Scenic San Diego Hike: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

A Quick & Scenic San Diego Hike: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Vacationing in San Diego, California is a dream for many people, and I know how lucky I am to be here. During my 30+ years in San Diego I’ve appreciated the climate, the endless assortment of outdoor activities, and the natural beauty that surrounds me every...
June 23rd, 2017 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, Scenic Wonders, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Funky Signs: There is no Poop Fairy

Funky Signs: There is no Poop Fairy
Story by Milli Thornton. Photo Copyright © Milli Thornton. During a recent housesitting job in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the homeowner told me about a 2-mile walking track known as the Gold Trail. I was babysitting a 1-year-old dog named Thea and she had energy to spare. This photo is the most fun I’ve...
June 5th, 2017 | STAFF, FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

While in Vancouver, Don’t Blow by the Bloedel

While in Vancouver, Don’t Blow by the Bloedel
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols Never before had I been so stressed on a trip. There we were, stranded in Vancouver in a nightmare Airbnb situation with four kids. Count ’em: four. It was the one time we had decided that two of our daughters could bring two of their friends along on what...
May 19th, 2017 | STAFF, GARDENS & PARKS, BRITISH COLUMBIA | Read More