Mischief Night

Mischief Night, October 2018


Twas’ the night before Halloween, and all through the house, mischief was stirring in and under the devils’ blouse. Her horns were growing with precision and care, in hopes that tricks, not treats would be there. The ghosts were ghoulish, the monsters tucked under the beds, while visions of horror danced around in their heads. By: Trisha McQuade

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than sharing a quick little Halloween poem I put together and reminiscing about last years trip to Mexico City for Dia de los Muertos?!

Last year, on this day, I was on a plane to Mexico City to indulge in the festivities of Dia de los Muertos!! To say I was excited, was an understatement. The atmosphere was ALIVE with horror, putting my right I to my element. Seeing all the babies, children and toddlers forgo the ‘cute’ costumes to embrace the terror brought me pure joy. Streets filled with baby ‘It’ clowns, Freddy Krueger’s, Jason’s, and of course, baby Chucky dolls was nothing but a pleasure to see. Not only were there horrific costumes, the streets were also filled with colorfully decorated ‘candy skulls,’ statues, unique decorations, makeup designs, and tradition.

My favorite part, wasn’t just the city coming alive, but the graveyards; full of life, light, memories and of course TEQUILA! Mariachi sounds enchanted the graves and loved ones honored their deceased with brightly colored ofrendas. Tequila, tequila, and more tequila flowed at every graveyard. It was a wonderful feeling to be welcomed by local families into their unique forms of celebration. To say it was special is an understatement. It’s an experience I will continue to treasure, until I make my way back to Mexico for another Dia de los Muertos celebration.

I’m currently kicking myself for not being emerged in the culture again, RIGHT NOW! So instead, I’ll plan for next year and take a look back into my first blog posts about one of my best trips to date.

Did I mention how much I LOVED being in Mexico for Dia De Los Muertos?! If you haven’t had a chance to read about my experiences, now is the perfect time!

Dia de los Muertos Festivities

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) A broken down bus and a gondola ride.

Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ” There is no life, except by death”

Into the artistic side of Mexico City

Turks and Caicos–Worth The High Prices?

March 2018–Turks and Caicos Islands


There’s no way to sugar coat it, Turks and Caicos is an expensive Caribbean Island. Actually, the most expensive Caribbean Island I’ve visited. So why choose Turks and Caicos? I’ll give you a five reasons, if you need some convincing.

  1. Fresh Conch. Straight out of the Caribbean Sea into my mouth…I mean your mouth. Or take me with and we can share. 🙂 I also had the BEST blackened grouper I’ve ever tasted, that was worth the trip right there!
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    Seafood Platter With Conch Fritters and Cracked Conch

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    Best Blackened Grouper I’ve Tasted
  2. TripAdvisor just named ‘Grace Bay Beach’ the #1 Beach in the World. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Words and photos don’t give it justice, you just have to experience it with your own eyes.

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    Grace Bay Beach
  3. Not only is Grace Bay Beach stunning, there are many of beaches around the island more private, and just as grand. My favorite was Long Bay Beach.

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    Long Bay Beach Sunrise
  4. There is an abandoned ship two miles from the shoreline of Long Bay Beach. This is my number one reason why I need to go back. I didn’t realize this could be visited by jet ski and explored, until my last day. I’m fascinated by it, and would make a second trip just to explore this.

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    Look Closely For The Abandoned Ship
  5. If you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet getaway, this is the island for you. It’s far from being a loud, party island. I was there during ‘high’ season, and found myself wondering just exactly where everyone was hiding.
Beach Tranquility

Expensive as the Turks and Caicos Islands may be, I would recommend a short visit if you’re looking to find some pure, clean, gorgeous beaches with white sand and turquoise waters.

The Romance of Hangzhou, China

‘Heaven on Earth’

January 2018–Hangzhou, China


Some call it ‘Heaven on Earth,’ some say ‘City of Romance,’ and others refer to it as ‘Honeymoon City.’ No matter which title you choose, each of them will accurately describe the city of Hangzhou. I mean, even Marco Polo fell in love with Hangzhou, so it must be true!

This ancient Chinese capital city is a scenic beauty in the Eastern corner of China. Life here is a bit more relaxed and easy, compared to most cities in China.  With a population of just nine million people, Hangzhou is considered a small city.  I know what you’re thinking…nine million, SMALL?!? Well, if you compare it to the one hundred and twenty Chinese cities with a population of over ten million people, yes, Hangzhou is small.

It’s a city filled with natural blossoms and gardens, tea fields, silk, mountain views, authentic cuisine, and the ever so famous, West Lake.  If you have only one day to discover this dreamy city, much like I did, spend it taking in the romantic views of West Lake. It is by far the top attraction in Hangzhou, as a World Heritage Sight and ‘symbol’ of the city.  So hop on a bullet train from Shanghai and forty five minutes later, you can enjoy some of the Chinese countryside.

Have a look and enjoy some of the beauty that is Hangzhou, China.

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Sunset Through The Trees
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West Lake Bridge
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Mountain Sunset
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Pink Blooms
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A Garden In A Garden
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Flowering Kale
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Sunset Over West Lake
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Garden View
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Gardens
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Flowers
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My Peaceful Place
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Ornamental Cabbages
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Chinese Writing
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Capturing West Lake
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West Lake Beauty