From Chaiyi, we made our way to the southern coast of Taiwan. This involved taking a slow local train and then a bus, with a total travel time of around 5 hours. The bus dropped us off directly at our hotel, the Amanda in Hengchun Township. … Continue reading Kenting, Taiwan
From Taipei, we took the high speed rail (HSR) to Chiayi, enjoying views of lush greenery and small towns along the way. Each town had at least one temple standing in its center, usually adorned with a bright orange rooftop. We made our way to our hotel, the Maison de … Continue reading Chiayi, Taiwan
Kevin and I were back in Chicago for the long-weekend. Though it was April, a thin dusting of snow covered the streets when we arrived (but there was definitely not enough snow to prevent us from walking throughout downtown Chicago as much as possible during our visit). We enjoyed warmer views of Lake Michigan from inside our hotel room and the cozy executive lounge of The Drake, which is one of our favored places to stay when we visit Chicago. Kevin and I began the weekend by attending the Legacies & Leaders 2016 event at the University of Illinois. It was a pleasure to meet the most recent recipient of our scholarship, who was seated at our table. Helen Klabel, of the College of Business Administration, can be seen in the video at the bottom of this page. We ended the weekend by celebrating the birthday of Kevin’s godson. Kevin watched on eagerly as Kaito opened up our gift, a Lego Millenium Falcon. Good thing that we didn’t have to help him put it together before we left, or we’d still be there!
The 2016 recipient of the Desouza Family Endowment Scholarship:
Though we no longer live in Seattle, this city will always remain my home away from home. And, no matter how many times that we visit, I will never tire of walking along the beaches, watching the ferries move across the waves, and looking at the Seattle … Continue reading Seattle, Washington
What a joy to be back in Paris for a week! The weather was crisp and cold, but the blue skies made it perfect for walking around the city, visiting our favorite sights. Kevin and I also took a day trip by train to visit renowned Fontainebleau.
Kevin took me to San Francisco for a romantic weekend. I know I took more pictures of the city, but I am not finding them at the minute. For now, here is a photo of the band that we watched on Valentine’s day at Fior d’Italia. We spent the afternoon having a long lunch, drinking wine, and dancing until the music stopped!
The guide books that I read seemed to try to steer us away from staying in or visiting Guatemala City; however, Kevin requested that we add this city into our itinerary, to get a more complete picture of Guatemala. So, when I booked our trip … Continue reading Guatemala City, Guatemala
On our final full-day in Guatemala, we visited Yaxha National Park, about an hour’s drive from our hotel. As in Tikal National Forest, we walked through lush forests in between each of the ruins. Once at the ruins, we did plenty of climbing, to witness the forests … Continue reading Yaxha National Park, Guatemala
We arrived at our hotel, the Hotel Villa Maya on Thursday night, after our flight from Guatemala City. We didn’t have too much time to explore this lovely hotel before falling asleep, having had a busy day. On Friday morning, our English-speaking guide and driver … Continue reading Tikal National Park, Guatemala
From Lake Atitlan, we were transported back to Antigua and our hotel, the Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo. Kevin and I enjoyed a long dinner followed by drinks (no shortage of choices of places to go in Antigua!) On Wednesday morning, our next English-speaking guide … Continue reading More Antigua, Guatemala