Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Our holidays in a Nutshell

Our family Christmas Eve dinner with my sister, brother in law, nephew and father who was down from Ontario
We had a lovely, low key holiday this year. Hubby and I each had nearly two weeks off work, spent with our wonderful family and friends. It was a great time of connecting, sharing, and recharging our batteries.  Lots of feasting and board games, and we did indeed enjoy tourtiere and sugar pie on multiple occasions :) In fact, my vegetarian mother was so keen on taking our French Canadian roots into a multiple course meal that she put together a New Year feast that included no less than six meat dishes! 

And now we're off to a new year. Since we began our West African explorations in February of last year after Chinese New Year, we will be continuing on until this year's Chinese New Year. There's so much left to write about, and I'm hoping my recharged batteries will ensure it gets done! 

Happy New Year everyone!
May it be filled with the blessings of love, gratitude, family, friendship & good food :)


  1. I know what you mean about so much left to write about, there's always more to do and more to see in a country.

    1. Yes, and though there have been a few factors that slowed me down this past year, I'd say I definitely bit off more than I can chew with an entire region!

  2. Your daughter's face in that last photo is class! I'm glad you have rested and recharged. I look forward to all your lovely African posts.
    Have you decided what you are doing next?

    1. Thanks Claire, we've decided to head over to Lebanon for a taste of the Middle East. We actually have the next four years decided! Though it's been increasingly difficult to find the time to do these kinds of projects with the girls as they are getting older. (If you're curious, Lebanon, Brazil, Japan & Russia)


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