Travel Theme : Unexpected – The Co-Ed Turkish Bath

I have to reblog this hysterical description of Sue’s experience at the Turkish baths. A follow up to the Korean baths. I think the Turkish baths have to win out for ‘authentic value’!

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Running ten minutes late we burst through the door of the hamam (Turkish bathhouse).

All that we three girlfriends knew about the Turkish baths was that there would be steam, possibly some scrubbing and massage…basically we were ‘newbies’ and not well researched. Our cycling guide had booked the appointment for us saying we would love it and this was an authentic experience.

The large Turkish gentleman ushered the three of us to a small change room. There he grunted and pointed to the cloths on the table and we gathered it was time to change. The image below gives you an idea of the material we had to work with.

Turkish Bath Towel

The cloths it turned out were rectangular and about 6 feet long and 2 1/2 feet wide. The three of us looked at each other hoping someone had the answer to how to cover the necessary…

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At the Polar Bear Plunge with a Dry Polar Bear

Crazy Canadians. Polar bear swim in Calgary last year. Next year, Sue at Travel Tales of Life will take a dip for this worthy cause. The group that organizes this event is Servants Anonymous Foundation; an organization fighting human trafficking and exploitation. Great job Dave and Sue for your volunteerism!

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IMG_3212The polar bear refused to jump in.

Elvis, Superwoman, Captain Canada and Tuxedo Man all leapt into the frigid water to raise money for Servants Anonymous Foundation; an organization fighting human trafficking and exploitation.  The bear could not be convinced no matter how great the cause.


In Canada polar dips or plunges have become common on New Years day. Perhaps a growing health care trend in checking heart function for the upcoming year…. if you don’t have a cardiac arrest on the spot you are clear for the next 365 days.

Such polar dips here often are associated with a charitable cause. Hubby and I were there volunteering for this one; I signing up the dipsters, he pulling them out of the freezing pond.

See below my traditional Canadian winter uniform. Besides wearing my sleeping bag everywhere I go I am sporting heated boots with rechargeable batteries. My family…

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Promises to Myself

Here’s a good reminder on how to look at life from Arlene at Dreams and Escapes. It’s all in the attitude and our perspective.


I found this gem of a book while my daughter and I were ‘spring cleaning”. We no longer have enough space for books so we sorted some reading materials which we could donate to some school children who until now don’t have access to the internet. There is a whole set of Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia (1997) edition which I want to give to the barangay school in our place. It might be a little bit outdated but they could still use it as reference. There is no internet connection in the barangay school there, much less a computer where they could do some research. M daughter segregated some of her books and wants to donate them as well.

While we were sorting the pile, I finally found this book entitled Promises to Myself, a slim volume published by Blue Mountain Arts. It’s a collection of inspirational thoughts and…

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Park Wherever You Damn Well Please

This is a post about an advertisement for Austin Minis here in Korea. It’s very entertaining.

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Park Wherever You Damn Well Please

by Clancy O’Lafferty

Murphy made a good plan to visit Pusan

In the South of Korea, you’ll agree

And he chose to abort a trip to  the north

Where no Guinness is found you see

Well, he wandered around in Haeundae and found

the “Wolfhound Pub” with his nose

the fragrance of Guinness and fresh fish ‘n’ chips

could hardly escape I suppose

But on his way there at a sign he stared

advertisin’ the “Austin Mini”

He asked the clerk, “Where’s the girl with the skirt?”

Who said, “Diss a car you ninny!”

Then Murphy opined on the dealership sign

“I have got to get me one of these!”

In big letters so bold the dealership told him

“Park any damn place that you please!”

copyright Maurie Nord 2014

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Just Because I Can

Outside our apartment………Suyong River in Busan, South Korea. My husband was out for a bike ride and wrote this after.

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Just Because I Can

by Clancy O’Lafferty

Just sittin’ by the river

Not causin’ any harm

Sippin’ up some suds

and some of nature’s charms

No Gendarms to stop

what I never really planned

The reason that I’m doing it

Is because I CAN!

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Laugh Your Way to a Successful Marriage – Advice From The Oddballs

Some great advice:-)

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Laughing is one of the things Hubby and I do best. We really are two oddballs on life’s adventurous path. The photos have been selfies or taken in photo booths or by family, friends and hesitant strangers. Having good health and the ability to explore this world leaves us filled with gratitude. Small mishaps and inconveniences we have found are best dealt with by large doses of laughter.

Sue and Dave St Lucia See I am way stronger than he is.

IMG_0870 Avoiding paying extra luggage fees by wearing our helmets on a Ryan Airlines flight

Venice Wish you were here in Venice.

St Lucia Hamming it up and boiling on the beach in St Lucia.

Misbehaving in Japanese Restaurant I believe we were kicked out of the Japanese restaurant right after this photo.

Since I began this blogging journey I have been fortunate to receive mentoring by many in the community. Cee has a lovely photography blog and has been assisting me…

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Clancy O’Lafferty’s 6/8 Rhythm Challenge

Here’s one of my husband’s ingenious ways of mixing humour with seriousness and making it into a limerick/poem/challenge and more. See if you can say this as an Irish song!

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Clancy O’Lafferty’s 6/8 Rhythm Challenge

(Read aloud and emphasize the bold-face words or syllables)

By Clancy O’Lafferty


The People’s De-mo-cra-tique


Of Ko-rea is rea-lly a farce

It isn’t the People’s

it isn’t de-mo-cratic

though on the pen-in-su-la

The People’s De-mo-cra-tique

Re-pub-lique Of Korea is just what it seems

An att-empt to transform to in-sensi-tive  ro-bots

those souls who are God’s human beings

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 SING! And make up your own tune!

Now this is how the Heavenly Father intended Korea to be

Laughter and song in the Nori-Bong

And freedom to do as you please

When the Kim regime is all gone we’ll sing

and rejoice for the lib-er-ty

And oh what a cele-bra-tion we’ll have

Mark my words

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