Riad, Jamaa el Fna, Palais Bahia and Koutoubia mosque

I wasn’t able to have a good sleep, but the rest of the family slept and rested well. The announcer from the nearby Koutoubia mosque called at 6 in the morning. I rose shortly after that. I had a good chance to take a look at the Riad at day break and listen to bird chirping in the quiet morning. I walked out to the terrace and looked the surrounding. The third level had only one customer room with six single beds on … Continue reading >>

Ahlan Marrakech, Morocco, Finally

Our tickets were in two groups. One group had three consecutive seats and the other had two. We couldn’t all sit together. I sat with Adventurer Jr. II and Adventurer Jr. III. A flight attendant gave Adventurer Jr. III a British Airway kid’s care package. There were some crayons and a coloring book inside of a sling bag that had British Airway’s logo. A lady was sitting in front of us with her children, a boy and a girl. They had British … Continue reading >>

On our way to the much anticipated Trip

I had been sick for several days and wasn’t able to get good sleeps. This morning, we had to get up at 4 am to catch the American Eagle airplane at 6:45 am. I was tired and sleepy but excited for our new adventures. We left our car at local airport parking lot and boarded the airport shuttle to our terminal. We arrived at New York LaGuardia airport at 7:45 am. Our next flight is at JFK airport but not until 6:45 … Continue reading >>

Tokyo, Japan

Going to Japan was totally unplanned. Due to an emergency, I had to fly there. I stayed at a hotel for two nights in downtown Chicago. The River Walk was minutes away but I wasn’t in any mood to take a walk and enjoy. There’s a River Walk in San Antonio, TX, which I walked once many years ago. I wondered how different they were. I rose early the second morning and rode a taxi to O’hare international airport. I … Continue reading >>

2016 Summer Quizbowl Camp Review

The Experience We packed things up, had an early lunch and left home at 12:30 pm on Wednesday. The hosting school was about 2 hours of driving distance away. We were mostly on interstate 77 heading south. We had never been to that part of Ohio before and realized that the scenery was beautiful with lush green trees, farms, and little towns connected by little towns. After checking in and helping Adventurer Jr. set his dorm room up, we hugged, said goodbye … Continue reading >>

July Fourth 2016 Holiday Vacation

We drove to Canada for this mini vacation. This was my nth time going to Canada. We tried to do something different each time, and this time was no exception. However, the vacation we took deviated from our original plan. The Experience Day One – Friday, July the First, 2016 Last night, I baked a Honey Cake for this morning’s breakfast and we packed the leftover for snack. We departed around 10 am. It was raining. We passed Buffalo, New York, and drove to … Continue reading >>

Veni, Vidi, but no Vici the Wild West of Arizona, Nevada and Utah

The Experience Day One – Saturday 5/28/2016 – Starting the Trip Day Two – Sunday 5/29/2016 – A day in Lost Wages, Nevada Day Three – Monday 5/30/2016 – Visiting Zion National Park in Utah Day Four – Tuesday 5/31/2016 – A day of Fun in Page, Arizona Day Five – Wednesday 6/1/2016 – Grand Canyon, Arizona Day Six – Thursday 6/2/2016 – Hoover Dam, Nevada Day Seven – Friday 6/3/2016 – Lost Wages Strip Day Eight – Saturday 6/4/2016 – … Continue reading >>

Last day in Lost Wages

The Experience By this time, we were homesick and ready to leave Lost Wages. Our flight was around midnight. We negotiated a checkout time of 1 pm instead of 11 am because there’s nothing much one could do outdoors during the day. After we left the hotel, we drove to Chinatown. Since we were hungry and the temperature was 107ºF, it didn’t take us long to agree on a restaurant for lunch. After lunch, we took a quick look of … Continue reading >>

Lost Wages Strip

The Experience Today was going to be a slow day for a change of pace. We got up around 9 am, bought takeout from Jack in the Box a block away from our hotel for breakfast, and the kids played with their iPad and iPhone games in our air conditioned hotel room until our lunch. This hotel had a washer and dryer that customers could use for free to wash their clothes. We bought a small container of liquid laundry detergent … Continue reading >>

Hoover Dam, Nevada

The Experience The breakfast had scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, breads, pastries, cereal, milk, juice, tea, coffee, and fresh fruits. Finally, we got a decent hot English breakfast. That’s the best free breakfast we’ve had for this trip. This hotel had a hotel full of surprises. We were on the road again after breakfast. We passed Kingman Army Airfield Museum, which played a significant role in WWII. Thirty six thousand gunners were trained there. After about one hour of driving, we arrived … Continue reading >>