As I See It, Australia Edition – Immigration and Food

We are wrapping up a month-long stay in Australia and I thought I’d share some observations with you. Obviously, nobody can totally understand and certainly not capture the entirety of a society in one blog post. This is not that. This is just some things I noticed during my time there. One of the first things I noticed was the diversity of the population. I think many assume, as I did, that Australia is mainly Caucasian with an occasional person of Aboriginal or Polynesian origin. Instead, Australia is a mix of people from literally all over the world. There is a heavy Asian influence, but there are also people from India, the Middle East, and all over Europe. The Aussie…

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

A gentle reminder for the mothers out there (and fathers can benefit too): In ancient history the mother of the future king was often one of the most powerful people in the kingdom, sometimes 2nd only to the king. Why? Because they knew her influence on the future of the kingdom was immense, often more than any other person. In our society today, though, motherhood takes a backseat to so many other things. Even the most powerful lawyer, the most skilled surgeon, the best executive, can and will be replaced the day after they retire, but a good mother is literally irreplaceable. Let’s not sacrifice our largest influence (motherhood) for secondary gains (literally anything else). That looks different for different…

Developing Global Health

I first visited a developing country at the end of  2013. My husband and I visited Mexico on a missions trip. We visited several small towns and villages. We travelled back roads and avoided craters in the roads. Being a nurse by training, I was intrigued by the health needs there. We heard stories of cancer and infections and untreated diabetes. We heard testimonies of “I’m glad I survived this surgery” after a simple surgery that would be a simple outpatient procedure in the States.  Then we went to Nigeria. It is a land of few doctors and even fewer resources to obtain care. Bad water, worm infestations, and strange pathogens are all a part of daily life for the…

Cuba As I See It, Days 14 & 15

Cuba As I See It, Days 14 & 15

These observations are simply that: my observations. As the title of my blog indicates, this is “As I See It.” If I am offensive in anything I say, I apologize. That is not my intent. If I am incorrect in any information, I also apologize. I am not an expert, simply a traveler who visited the country for a few days. I hope you enjoy my views. Each day I will tell you what we did on one or two days of the trip, but I will also give some observations about other topics that span the length of the whole trip. I advise you to start at Day 1 and work your way through. As I go along I will…

Cuba As I See It, Day 13

These observations are simply that: my observations. As the title of my blog indicates, this is “As I See It.” If I am offensive in anything I say, I apologize. That is not my intent. If I am incorrect in any information, I also apologize. I am not an expert, simply a traveler who visited the country for a few days. I hope you enjoy my views. Each day I will tell you what we did on one or two days of the trip, but I will also give some observations about other topics that span the length of the whole trip. I advise you to start at Day 1 and work your way through. As I go along I will…

Cuba As I See It, Days 11 & 12

Cuba As I See It, Days 11 & 12

These observations are simply that: my observations. As the title of my blog indicates, this is “As I See It.” If I am offensive in anything I say, I apologize. That is not my intent. If I am incorrect in any information, I also apologize. I am not an expert, simply a traveler who visited the country for a few days. I hope you enjoy my views. Each day I will tell you what we did on one or two days of the trip, but I will also give some observations about other topics that span the length of the whole trip. I advise you to start at Day 1 and work your way through. As I go along I will…

Cuba As I See It, Day 10

These observations are simply that: my observations. As the title of my blog indicates, this is “As I See It.” If I am offensive in anything I say, I apologize. That is not my intent. If I am incorrect in any information, I also apologize. I am not an expert, simply a traveler who visited the country for a few days. I hope you enjoy my views. Each day I will tell you what we did on one day of the trip, but I will also give some observations about other topics that span the length of the whole trip. I advise you to start at Day 1 and work your way through. As I go along I will refer back…

Cuba As I See It, Day 9

Cuba As I See It, Day 9

These observations are simply that: my observations. As the title of my blog indicates, this is “As I See It.” If I am offensive in anything I say, I apologize. That is not my intent. If I am incorrect in any information, I also apologize. I am not an expert, simply a traveler who visited the country for a few days. I hope you enjoy my views. Each day I will tell you what we did on one day of the trip, but I will also give some observations about other topics that span the length of the whole trip. I advise you to start at Day 1 and work your way through. As I go along I will refer back…

Cuba As I See It, Day 8, Camagüey to Santiago de Cuba via Bayamo, Fidel’s Grave

Cuba As I See It, Day 8, Camagüey to Santiago de Cuba via Bayamo, Fidel’s Grave

These observations are simply that: my observations. As the title of my blog indicates, this is “As I See It.” If I am offensive in anything I say, I apologize. That is not my intent. If I am incorrect in any information, I also apologize. I am not an expert, simply a traveler who visited the country for a few days. I hope you enjoy my views. Each day I will tell you what we did on one day of the trip, but I will also give some observations about other topics that span the length of the whole trip. I advise you to start at Day 1 and work your way through. As I go along I will refer back…