Rue Saint Joseph in Quebec City has some yummy bakeries and interesting bars and city culture in general. We took a stroll and savored some yummy French style delicacies along with Starbucks coffee. I love hanging out with the hubs. First we take a long walk, use up all those calories, then reward ourselves with something warm and comforting.
It’s been a long time waiting for spring to arrive. Yesterday it seemed to have finally appeared, today we’re back to rain-rain-rain. I was able to squeeze in a morning run though. I’ve kicked off the season – and boy, does it feel good.
We’re heading to Boston on Friday so next time I’ll hail from there.
We hiked up the Riviere Eternite mountain, overlooking the Saguenay Fjord, Quebec, Canada. It was a meditative moment. Letting the nature touch our hearts. On the top, we munched on bananas and fruit cake that one of my students had made for me. I felt thankful for the peace and quiet. Some hikers passed by, gently saying “hello”. We trekkers were in a club of our own.
Recently life’s been good. Work has slowed down a bit so I’ve had time to plan new things for next year, as well as enjoy walking outside. I’ve done more journaling and coffee shop lingering, too. Yesterday I kicked off the rollerblading season. Summer is the time to enjoy the beauties of Quebec. Flowers flourish and everyone seems to be out and about. This is when we get our energies going. We live – fully.
The East Coast of Oahu is something quite different from the South where Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are located. In the East, where Barack Obama is from, the waves hit the shore with mighty power. In the below picture I’m fighting the current to retrieve the beach on the very location where our president used to go surfing.
The water is super turquoise. It’s windy and often rainy in this season. We spent a full day touring the scenic points and relaxing on the beach. We also stopped for lunch at the cute little beach town of Kailua. We had really yummy, fresh and local ingredient salads at Aloha Salads. Ears full of sand and hair messed by the wind we drove home. Happy, relaxed and contented.
Here’s what downtown Honolulu looks like. It was fun strolling around the center and to admire the colonial style buildings. The weather was overcast but warm, nevertheless. Gray is gray anywhere. But the tropics sometimes need that too. You get a break from all the bright sunlight. I enjoyed wearing my hair on the top of my head in a high bun. The sparkle adorned tee gave me the little glam boost I wanted.
I took this vacay to really meditate on finding more peace in my life. I am inviting the spirit of zen into my life. I am searching for ways to be more poised and focused. I tend to get wired up in the hustle and bustle of everyday doings. So my challenge is to remind myself of my core, a strong calm place where I can always go for re-centering.
I or anyone doesn’t need to doubt their value. I do things in life to the best of my capacity. I can remind myself that my life has value. Just as we all have value. This is a steady block to build on. Feeling better inside goes hand in hand for me with fashion. The first glows from the inside, the second gives the sweet, added touch.