Looking Back to Move Forward

The good thing about travel posts and blogs is that you can post about them all the time. One can write about future, current or past trips and it is viable; usable. It does not matter that I am not currently traveling.  It is still relevant as people like to know about places. I can tell my tales and share photos while at home. I can give my thoughts.  Time is not the always the factor in this blog. 

This particular post may be a bit of a re-hash of my last one but I need it to be. I need to say to all of you that it is okay for me to dwell a bit on my recent history to be able to look forward. To spur me on to future trips instead of moping that it is over. Although I am still in “mope mode” I know I can use my big trip to plan the smaller ones. And to learn to enjoy Vancouver once again, something that has been difficult since my return. So I will look back in order to move forward. I hope you will enjoy it. 

The Next Phase

Well, here I am back in Vancouver. I arrived back here the day before last. Needless to say I am sad that trip is over. I loved being on the road. Now I am not. So what’s a person to do? In my case there are a few things.  First and foremost is to still keep traveling – I will continue planning and taking trips. That is definitely in the front of my mind and my heart.  I have been fortunate enough to live my dream and it has served as a catalyst I did not know could exist – that my desire to see the world is greater now than ever before. 

Secondly, I am returning to work. I am happy and grateful that I will be returning to practice massage therapy at Turning Point Wellness. I start work in a couple weeks. For anyone in the Vancouver area that would like to make an appointment with me, you can do so at: http://turningpointwellnesscentre.fullslate.com/  

Finally, I will blog a bit more of the places I have visited and those which I wish to see in the future. I wish to share the beauty of travel and I hope you can see some of it here. I also will bring back “Sunday’s Special Spot” once I am settled. 

Thank you following me on my adventure and there will be more to come in the future. 


HELLO! Greetings from India. I’ve been here a month and leave soon for Dubai. Here are some pics of my time here. I have seen Punjab, Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal) and Goa. India has been a series of ups and downs. It truly is unlike any place I have ever visited and I have only touched the surface. I suppose a return visit is in order. The ups have been having Dempy (of Dempy Kaur Photography) as a travel companion (and interpreter), staying with her relatives in a Pubjab village, the home cooked meals, air conditioning and how inexpensive this country is. The downs have been both of us being sick (so horrible), heat that we are not used to and now the rains in Goa (this is the least “down” and I am going to enjoy it despite that). Also seeing such poverty amongst riches is trying and hard. I am not sure what to make of it. The poverty affects so much – the environment hurts, animals hurt and people hurt. They do what they have too. It is so different than what I know. Yet that is why I travel  – to see and hopefully learn.

Anyway, here is a bit of India:

Punjab town

The stunning Golden Temple, Amriitsar


Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib


Food at the Sikh temple

I am happy to count all the home cooked meals I had in India among the best food I have ever enjoyed.

Selfies at Wonderland Amusement Park

Display at Rangla Punjab Haveli

Traditional dancing show at Rangla Punjab Haveli

The yummy food at Rangla Punjab Haveli

Farming village in Punjab (animal foods are stored in these)

Farmland in the village I stayed in

Beautiful sunset in Punjab

Fresh cinnamon that is home grown. I had never seen such large cinnamon sticks before. They smelled amazing – so fresh.

This calf is so adorable.

The colours of India

A camel hanging around a parking lot in Chandigarh.

Display at the cool Nek Chand Rock Garden, Chandigarh

Mosaic statues, Nek Chand Rock Garden

Last sunset in Katana, Punjab

India Gate, New Delhi

India Gate Canopy

Chandni Chowk in Delhi. I didn’t spend too much time here as the rains came down hard.

The beautiful Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal from one of its many gardens

Rush hour in Delhi

Streets of Baja, Goa

Beach bar/restaurant in Baga

Baja Beach, Goa

Tourist shops and palm trees

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

Hello from India

Hello all. I am currently in India, in Punjab. It’s been great albeit very hot. Staying with Dempy’s relatives in a small village. We Have had a few outings including The Golden Temple in Amritsar. The Internet is spotty so no bit updates for a bit. After Punjab we will spend a day or two in Delhi & then off to Goa. I will update when I can.