Traveling through Tropea, Italy and enjoying lovely hidden alleyways.

beautiful alleyway in tropea italy

We had a wonderful family reunion in Tropea, Italy and found so many lovely views and sites it was hard to leave and only be left with our pictures.  We were exploring through the towns and came upon this beautiful site.  We hope you enjoy this view as much as we did!


Fishing in the Lagos Lagoon

A very cloudy day during the rainy season.  The fishermen are out in their boats regardless of the rain. For some reason we still love to see the boats and watch the fishing, no matter how many times we have seen it before.  It has to be done everyday, to survive and make a living.fishermen in the fishing village

Elephant herds in Kruger Park in South Africa

When we went to visit the one of our favorite parks in South Africa, Kruger National Park, we encountered a herd of elephants crossing the road.  We stopped to watch them and enjoy their playful companionship with each other.  They were all headed in the exact same direction – straight to the watering hole. This was extremely delightful to watch and our family spent a long time observing the rapport of the different herds that were joining to  bathe, cool off and play in the watering hole.

Gardening – Nigerian Style

Around the corner from our house on the side of the road, a lady named Patience sells handmade pots and Linus the gardener sells plants. In the video, Linus helps get our plants into the pots we just bought. And that is the extent of his job! Everyday as we drive by, both vendors sit there waiting or selling plants/pots to passers by. But there are also hundreds of other vendors who do the same thing – selling lemons in wheelbarrows, or loaves of bread on their head. Also caught in the video is a lady carrying her baby on her back, and the goods she is selling on her head. In many ways thes people live simple lifestyles. Linus, our neighborhood gardener helped us get three new plants to put up onto our balcony with new handmade pots – all for the equivalent of 30 dollars!


An Islander’s Livelihood

On the outskirts of the big city Lagos, many islanders live their lives based off and center their future on sand-dredging, partially because there aren’t many other opportunities for work. This involves extracting the sand from the bottom of the lagoon and transfering it into larger, wide-sided boats where it is strained of all the water. The blue boat you see below is one of the boats that strains and carries the sand to the island, which is eventually used to make concrete. These boats actually get filled so much that they often seem on the verge of sinking – the boat sinks about 3 feet into the water as it fills with sand. This can be seen in one photo below where the driver is in the back controlling the motor. Believe it or not, that boat, when not filled with sand, is just as buoyant on the water as the blue boat is. When we would pass by in our ferry, we had to go to a no-wake speed because they would get mad at us and yell across the lagoon if we went any faster, because it would make enough waves that could tip their sand-filled boats. The other boats shown below with large tubes coming out and reaching over the water are the ones that dredge the sand from the bottom and transfer it into the larger boats.

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Snowy Days Part 2 

​​​The sight we awoke to this morning was 27 inches of snow and still snowing!​​​ When we longed for snow only weeks before, we did not expect this much would still come. Now we wish it would melt quickly! School has been canceled, shops are closed, my sons orchestra performance has been canceled, and most people-if they did go to work- were sent home early. This is the day to make an amazing snowman, but it is a struggle to even walk around! Welcome to March!