Sunday Special – Terrace, Canada (where I am now)

This weekend I am visiting my sister in northern British Columbia in a small town called Terrace. As I come up here every year I have posted some info about the area before, though each visit is always different. This post will stray from its usual format as it will be photos of our activities here. Food, friends and furry creatures will be showcased. The fall colours here are quite spectacular, despite the gray clouds plump with rain, waiting to catch us unprepared and having us escape to warm fires. My best friend has joined me on this weekend getaway, after all she is family. Visits consist of errands, dog walks, dinner parties and pumpkin carving. Having been up here so many times previously the touristy activities are now moot. These trips are definitely ones where ‘hanging with the locals’ is expected – LOL. Sadly for me I have acquired a miserable head cold That has me napping and bonding with a box of facial tissue. The napping is not so bad. Here is a showcase of my weekend. If you want to know more about some great places to see in Northern BC, visit my previous post here.

Carving away

The finished products

Mine is on the left

Apples from the backyard tree will be used for apple sauce

Furry buddies

Fenwick in his puppy coat

Hilarious night playing games

Autumnal foliage

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World

Sunday Special – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

When I think of Amsterdam the city in its entirety comes to mind. Unlike other locales where a famous landmark comes to mind, Amsterdam itself forms the image in my mind’s eye. Not many cities have that ability, perhaps because this one is simply cool. Far too many years have passed since I last saw Amsterdam – unless you count the time I was there to get a burger before moving onto my bus and ferry to England. When I was in the Netherlands in December 2014 for one day my friend was amazing – she drove me all over the Dutch countryside and then stopped for that burger. Had I more time I would have re-visited Amsterdam. My prior visit eons ago has left only remnants of memories. I remember canals, colourful narrow buildings and bicycles yet no specifics. A re-visit is certainly due.

It seems the best way to see this colourful city is by being a pedal-pusher. With more bicycles than people and bike paths everywhere it is an obvious choice. Rent a bike and take in the sights. See the colourful gable buildings, chill at any one of parks found in abundance or cruise along the city’s famous canals that make up one quarter of the city space. Tulips are synonymous with The Netherlands so it would be appropriate to visit the floating flower market for not only tulips but flowers of all colours and smells. If you are there in the spring the flower fields (Bollenstreek) are filled with a stunning colour palette of tulips. Later on, when the sun sets and lights go out head out for food and nightlife. Concerts, festivals, cafes and nightclubs will keep you rockin’ and dancing into the wee hours.


Floating Flower Market set against Amsterdam’s narrow gabled buildings – Photo is Public Domain


I Amsterdam sign – Photo is Public Domain


Amsterdam canals at night – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – Photo taken and owned by Marcus Obal 

By MarcusObal (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (, via Wikimedia Commons



Sunday Special – Nazca Lines, Peru

Nazca, Peru is a city on the southern coast of the country and best known for the the Nazca Lines – massive drawings etched into the ground whose entirety can be seen only from a plane. These lines fill up a giant arid plateau and are a combination of geometric shapes, lines, animals and plants.Some of the designs are massive – up to 370m / 1,200ft. Due to the dry and stable climate of the plateau they have been preserved by nature. Although it is not know why these lines were made, it is believed they were formed by the Nazca culture between 500 BCE and 500 CE. The lines were “discovered” in the early 1900s when a plane flew over the area. Years later they were studied by historians and archaeologists. The how has been easier to figure out than the why. It is speculated that simple surveying tools of the Nazca people explain the former. The latter, however, is still a mystery. Theories range far and wide, from irrigation systems, for astronomy purposes, religious reason or even alien contact. It is something we probably will never find out, however, they do look rather stunning.


Nazca Lines (tree) in Peru 

By Unukorno (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Nazca-Linien, Affe

Nazca Lines (monkey), Peru 

By Unukorno (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday Special – Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Situated along the beautiful Neretva River lies Mostar, a city of cultural importance to the southern region of the Herzegovina area. Despite being one of the most heavily bombed cities in Bosnia during the Croate-Bozniak War, following the breakup of Yugoslavia, it has rebounded by rebuilding much of what was damaged. Today it is a popular destination for travellers (summer and fall mainly) and is said to have a festive and spirited vibe.

Among the most well-known and well-loved landmarks in Mostar is the Stari Most (The Old Bridge). In 1993 huge sections of it fell into the river during the war. Easily considered the heart of the city this 16th century Ottoman bridge was restored years later. Portions of it were even retrieved from the bottom of the Neretva. It is the pinnacle of the river and the pride of the city. It also is where Mostar Diving Club members gracefully dive 24 m/78.9 ft into the Neretva’s chilly 12C/53.6F waters.

Mostar’s Old Town is another popular area of the city. Admist the Medieval Ottoman style architecture that is prevalent you can find some pretty mosques and houses, such as the The Koski Mehmed pasa Mosque and The Biscevica House. And for something completely different and random, there is a Bruce Lee statue in the city as well.


Stari Most (The Old Bridge) in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Mark Ahsmann


Interior of Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, Mostar – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – Photo taken and owned by Stephen Hense