Sunday, 18 January 2015

Mesa Market Recreational Shopping

Mesa Market Swap Meet

There are many things for a visitor to the greater Phoenix area to see and do: museums, art galleries, golf courses, hiking and scenic drives, to name a few. In the East Valley, one of the most visited attractions is none of these things. Mesa Market Swap Meet is a mile and a quarter of shopping lanes under a breezeway. It boasts 900 merchants and 1600 shops.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Canadians and Hockey in the Desert

line up at Gila River Arena

Last week I attended a favourite Arizona tourist destination for many Manitobans. It was not a museum, a car show, an art show, a scenic drive or hike, or even a golf course. It was an NHL hockey game - between the Winnipeg Jets and the Phoenix Coyotes.

Although the Winnipeg Jets play in Arizona only twice in the season, the games are popular with Manitobans. Some Manitobans escape the Canadian cold by wintering in Arizona and are already in the area. Others plan vacation time around hockey game dates.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Ancient Heart of Phoenix

Phoenix Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park in Phoenix, Arizona is situated on a 1,500 year-old site left by the Hohokam culture. Its website invites you to explore the ancient heart of Phoenix.

Pueblo Grande began as a small settlement around AD 450 and grew to over 1500 people. It was one of the largest Hohokam settlements in the area. Today, the Museum provides information about the Hohokam people and their culture. Outside the Museum building, a trail guides visitors through the ruins of an ancient Hohokam settlement.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Journey's End

jigsaw puzzle in progress

I enjoy puzzles, especially crossword puzzles, but I like other types of puzzles as well: word games, brain teasers, and jigsaws.

Partway through a recent jigsaw, a friend asked what I was going to do with it when I finished. I know people who have mounted and framed completed jigsaw puzzles. That was not to be the case with this puzzle. I'd borrowed the puzzle from the clubhouse library of the community I am wintering in. When I completed the puzzle, I would take it apart, put it back in the box and return it to the clubhouse.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Contemplating Cuba

Veradero Beach, Cuba
Veradero Beach, Cuba

Since mid-December, when U.S. President Obama announced a decision to restore relations with Cuba, I've read a variety of articles, online and in print, about Cuba. Some expressed opinions, either for or against, about Obama's decision. Others speculated about what changes this decision might bring to Cuba. Others talked about travel to Cuba.

The articles brought back memories about my trip to Cuba almost eleven years ago. I starting looking through my photographs from my trip and, surprisingly, they didn't look significantly different than the more recent photos posted in those articles.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

2014 Year In Review


As one year comes to an end and a new one approaches, many people take time to reflect on the year that was before making plans for the upcoming year. As I look back over my year of blogging, I discover many happy memories and am amazed the year has gone by so quickly.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Staying Current During Travel

online news

Do you watch or pay attention to local news when you travel? Do you make an effort to keep up with news back home?

Learning what dominates local news in a destination one is visiting can provide insight into the place, its people, its politics and its culture. On short trips, I may not pay much attention, but if I am in a place for any length of time, I like to watch and read the news. Even the way in which global news is or isn't covered is telling.