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17/08 August 2017

A land of contrasts: Scotland’s Outer Hebrides

by Angelika Dawson   Rugged, rocky mountains. White, gold, silver beaches. Blue, teal, crystal clear water. Peat bog, grassy dunes, flower-strewn machair. Narrow, twisty, single-track roads. Vast sky. Wind. This describes Scotland’s Outer Hebrides in 25 words or less. My husband John and I explored this archipelago of islands in June. We began our journey […]

17/06 June 2017

Visiting the nation’s capital: Ottawa

by Jenny Schweyer   This past spring break I had the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital city. At the time, tourist season had yet to kick into full gear, because, as I discovered, it wasn’t quite spring yet in Ontario, which is why they call it “March break” there! Winter was still trying […]

17/05 May 2017

Overcome fear of flying

(Photo Credit: Nikao Media)   by Agnes Chung   “Fear may fill our world, but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts.” – bestselling Christian author Max Lucado. Every day we face situations that stoke our fear. Perhaps, it is news of political unrest, economic slowdown, wars, or even as mundane as spider webs hanging […]

17/02 February 2017

A visit to the Hiding Place

Holland’s Corrie ten Boom Museum by Elsemieke Wishart We waited in the line up outside the dark green wooden door on the narrow cobblestoned Dutch side street. In the window above me was a triangular red and white sign, and I tried to imagine what it must have been like during World War II when […]

17/02 February 2017

Incredible India,

Go local in Kerala Photo credit: Bart Vermeulen by Keri Vermeulen How many of you travellers have returned home from your trip-of-a-lifetime journey to an exotic locale, with photographs, fond memories and souvenirs – but little knowledge or understanding of the people and land you visited? It’s okay, sometimes a resort vacation is exactly what […]

16/12 December 2016

Incredible India, seeing is believing

by Keri Vermeulen History is wasted on the text books. To really feel history, sometimes, you just have to get on a plane and check it out with your own eyes – and ears and nose and every other sensory organ. In the case of  India, seeing is believing. A tour of the Golden Triangle […]

16/11 November 2016

Road-Tripping the California Coast

by Marion Van Driel This fall my husband, Don, and I thought to extend summer by taking a late September road trip down the northern coast of California, so with Beach Boys tunes loaded up, we headed out… Our ’95 Corvette roadster has no trunk – just a compact space behind the seats for a […]

16/10 October 2016

Beauty, backroads and bricks in Washington State

Photo Credit: Brandon Sawaya by Agnes Chung Step back in time to circa 1907. The US auto industry rolled out 43,000 cars surpassing production in all Europe, igniting the popularity of automobile travel. Cities and suburbs sprouted along roadways once carved by wagon wheels and herded animals. Five years later, J.W. Parmley of Ipswitch pioneered […]

16/10 October 2016

Falling into apple season

Photo credit: Nikao Media by Agnes Chung As we fall into apple season, BC orchards enjoyed an early, sweet bounty this year. The apple, Canada’s largest cultivated fruit tree crop is synonymous with the interior’s agrarian landscape.  Ambrosia, Spartan and Sunrise, they all have their lineage in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, BC’s main apple […]

16/09 September 2016

Nation building and beauty in Rwanda

by Jack Taylor During July and August, Jack Taylor embarked on a three-country journey through East Africa with his wife Gayle, daughter Laura and granddaughter Alyssa. It was a return to roots where the Taylors spent 18 years as missionaries. It was also time to check in on ministries started by their son Richard in […]