A Late Summer Evening Balloon Festival

They we were, watching as huge hot air balloons flew in from the distance. A myriad of colors and shapes in the bright blue Oklahoma sky. On a late summer evening we traveled to see the local balloon festival. The balloons arrived much later than promised, but they had to rely on the wind to bring them to their destination. I arrived thinking the balloons would be already set up, as did a lot of the crowd. Our patient was worth the wait! We rode in a hot air balloon, enjoyed fried oreos and got to watch all the balloon light up in the darkness as the burners were lit.

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Rome by Bicycle – Brilliant Idea or Death Wish?

That would be an excellent way to see Rome!

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Rome by Bicycle

Cycling to the ancient sites of Rome seemed like a fabulous idea from the safety of our home in Canada. We have fallen in love with bicycle touring in countries we travel to. Surely pedaling about the home of the ancients would not be so different.

After less than 24 hours in the action of the eternal city our thoughts had changed dramatically.

Cycling in Rome

Hubby who rarely worries about anything commented that he thought his teeth might vibrate our of his head should he get on a bike on the uneven cobblestone roads and alleys that weave endlessly through central Rome.

Cycling in Rome


I thought it would be nothing short of a miracle not to be hit by a speeding vehicle. Pedestrians supposedly have the right of way in Rome but it appeared to me that one needs the attitude of reminiscent of Nero to actually being the cars to a halt.

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Life-learning in Cape Town…

Cape Town sounds like a very interesting place! I have wanted to visit for a long time. Great pics!

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So… here’s what life learning in Cape Town looked like for our family (lots of photos in this post!)…

Nature Studies & Wildlife

Cape Town is so ridiculously beautiful, that the opportunities to do nature walks abound.  We visited Kirstenbosch Gardens (a number of times)… fed the fish at Silvermine… marvelled at the Kirstenbosch bonsai trees… explored all the different types of fynbos on the Cape peninsula… and fell in love with the gorgeous 300 year old camphor trees and the ancient oaks at Vergelegen Wine Estate.

Inside Africa's oldest oak tree at Vergelegen Wine Estate. Inside Africa’s oldest oak tree at Vergelegen Wine Estate.

Joah and the hungry guinea fowl at Kirstenbosch Gardens... Joah and the hungry guinea fowl at Kirstenbosch Gardens…

kirstenbosch stream

We’ve watched the seals at Kalk Bay harbour and Hout Bay harbour.  We’ve visited the Simon’s Town penguins.  We’ve taken the cousins to the Cape Town Aquarium.  We’ve visited the snake park at Imhoff Farm (and petted a very large corn snake).  We’ve explored the…

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Why does that elephant have so many arms?

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That was one of the questions I was (kind of) able to answer with help from the friendly vendors and festival attendees at Tulsa’s India Festival. The deity in question was Genesha. According to Wikipedia, “Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies. There were wonderful displays from about 10 of the states in India, each with their own food and customs. There were also performers, plenty of traditional food, and vendors selling their wares. India, the second most populated country in the world, has a population of over 1.2 billion people. The country is divided into 29 states and 7 territories. Several of the states were represented at the India Festival yesterday in Tulsa. I have included some pictures from the…

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