A regular feature in the Air Canada magazine Enroute is called What’s in Your Carry On? They ask a passenger what they have in their carry on and then take a picture of ten items from their carry on baggage and ask the passenger to describe them. I decided the exercise might be fun. So here are ten things that were in my carry on when I flew to Saskatoon on the weekend.
Here are the descriptions of my items from top left to bottom right
Ragged Company– I am madly trying to get this Richard Wagamese book done before I attend my first book club meeting at a Winnipeg library.
Sketching Pad and pencils– I am trying to draw everyday and my older grandson loves to go through my sketch book when we get together to see what I’ve drawn and then add a few sketches of his own to its pages.
Passport- a must for air travel these days
Go Fish Game- I taught my six year old grandson how to play Go Fish the last time we visited and he really liked it so I brought it along for us to play
Hat and sunglasses- The weather prediction for Saturday and Sunday in Saskatoon was in the mid twenties and since my son’s family likes to spend lots of time outside I wanted to be prepared.
Birthday Gift- our younger grandson was turning two. I made him a personalized song book and my husband got him a Jets T-shirt.
Maze Book– My older grandson likes mazes so I brought a book of them for us to do together.
Day Planner- I never go anywhere without this. I know I should probably keep track of my life electronically but I’m still not comfortable with that and need a planner where I can make monthly and daily plans for my life as well as have space for notes and ideas.
Andy and the Lion- Both my grandsons enjoy this story so I usually bring it along when I am going to see them.
A Start to our Trip That Was A Little Too Exciting
Real and Messy and Honest
Plumb Tuckered Out in Lisbon
Filed under Portugal, Travel
A Portuguese waiter helps Dave locate the nearest bus stop on Google Maps
Visiting the Maritime Museum in Lisbon to learn more about Henry the Navigator was high on the priority list for my husband. Dave is definitely the navigator in our family. I am incredibly geographically challenged and so it is Dave who navigates as we explore new cities, hike new trails, go on bicycle trips along new routes and travel to new destinations. Although in the past he was prone to think electronic navigation supports were just made for people who were ‘geographically stupid’, I have noticed on this trip he is using the Google Maps app on his phone quite a bit more. He is realizing there might be new ways of navigating.
Dave the Navigator with Henry the Navigator
And that’s exactly what happened with Henry the Navigator (1934-1460), the Portuguese prince who supported new methods of navigation and map making that launched the Age of Discovery. This led to Europeans discovering the world was a much bigger place than they had ever imagined.
Henry surrounded by the cartographers, astronomers and explorers he employed
At the Maritime Museum we learned how Henry was geographically curious and employed the best cartographers, astronomers and sea pilots of his time.
Dave checks out a map showing the voyages of discovery made by Portuguese explorers
Henry financially sponsored many voyages.
Dave hanging out with Vasco Da Gama
Henry laid the groundwork for the future successes of famous Portuguese explorers like Vasco da Gama who discovered a sea route to India and Ferdinand Magellan who organized the expedition that led to the first circumnavigation of the globe.
We spent a couple of hours at the Maritime Museum in Lisbon as both Dave the Navigator and I learned about Henry the Navigator and how his interest in exploration and geography ended up changing the world.
56 Kilometers Under Our Tires
The Doctrine of Discovery
Getting to Know John Cabot
Filed under Portugal, Travel
I’ve started packing for our trip to Portugal. Whenever I am preparing for a journey words of advice from my mother come to mind. During my childhood when Mom was teaching me how to do my own packing for family vacations or school trips she explained the ‘packing from the feet up’ technique. Mom said I should start at my feet and think of everything I would need for them on my trip- shoes, sandals, runners, socks and perhaps a toenail clipper. She told me to move up my body section by section like that all the way to my head. Did I have shampoo, conditioner, my brush, my pink foam curlers,bobby pins,hats, combs, bandannas and hair clips?
I still pack using that ‘start from the feet up’ technique and it works! Thanks Mom!
Technology Transforms Travel
Am I a Peripatetic?
Globe Trotting Vicariously
We will be leaving on an extended trip to Portugal in a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to that. We have spent several months out of Canada ever since moving back here from Hong Kong in 2011.
In 2012 we went to Hawaii.
In 2013 we were in Arizona.
In 2014 we spent time in Florida
and worked at a school in Jamaica
In 2015 were were back in Arizona. In 2016 we were in Costa Rica
And in 2017 we were back in Arizona again.
Looking forward to our 2018 winter adventure in Portugal and sharing it with you in my blog.
Dave Plays Ball in Arizona
Terrified Times Three
I was reading a book and came across the word peripatetic. I hadn’t heard it before so I looked it up. It can mean “someone who travels from place to place, especially for work.”
On a glacier in Iceland
My husband and I do travel from place to place. Just in the last month I have been to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Iceland and Saskatoon.
My grade one class in Arizona
I have also traveled for work in the past as the definition suggests. We taught on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona for a year and in Hong Kong for six years.
Going for a walk in southern Ontario.
A second meaning of a peripatetic is someone who “travels on foot from place to place.” That could be me because I rarely have access to a car so I walk almost everywhere I go. I love to walk and even when I’m traveling I like to fit a walk into my day.
Speaking at school graduation ceremony in Hong Kong
A third meaning of a peripatetic is someone who is a follower of Aristotle. They get this name because the great philospher liked to walk around while he lectured. I know some pastors who walk around the front of the church when they preach. That’s not me. When I am giving a talk or presentation I stand firmly behind my lecturn looking at my notes.
Am I a peripatetic? I do fit two of the word’s three different definitions. So maybe I am.
At Sixes and Sevens
Is Binge Watch A Word?