My DNA Goes Back to Finland by Shelley Robinson

Blood History:  For my birthday, my husband got me a DNA kit from CRI Genetics reputable for being accurate and headed by well-known geneticist Alexei Fedorov, PhD, being ranked number one by Genetics Digest (2017).  After fumbling about scraping stuff off of the inside of my mouth, I shakily put everything into the appropriate vials … More My DNA Goes Back to Finland by Shelley Robinson

Estonia and Finland: Finding Family Video: by Shelley Robinson and Chris Crawford, June and July, 2018

The following is a video that I made based on the photos, film and conversations that we had on our recent trip to Estonia and Finland to discover a family that my grandmother and aunt had been in correspondence for several decades.  It was a wonderful exploration of culture from the inside out.  We enjoyed … More Estonia and Finland: Finding Family Video: by Shelley Robinson and Chris Crawford, June and July, 2018

The Finnish Sauna 101 (Pronounced Sowna) by Shelley Robinson

Helsinki’s Savusauno (Smoke Sauna):  Kulttuurisauna:   In Helsinki along the Baltic Sea there is a cultural sauna run by a husband and wife team (Finnish and Japanese).  I walk to this little white building at the end of Hakaniemenranta Street.  From the outside, I see no chimneys and with my little bag of a towel … More The Finnish Sauna 101 (Pronounced Sowna) by Shelley Robinson

Panama 2018 Travel Vlog by Shelley Robinson and Chris Crawford

Panama Travel Video:  Chris and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Panama visiting Panama City, El Valle de Anton and Gamboa.  We had some incredible adventures in and around Panama City and then into the tropical jungles for which Panama is famous.  We had a lot of fun compiling some photos and video clips to … More Panama 2018 Travel Vlog by Shelley Robinson and Chris Crawford

Danger Zones: What We Learned in Casco Viejo by Shelley Robinson

  Making an Old City New:  Travelling reminds me that there is a very fine line between the safe little bubble that we create for ourselves and the danger that can lurk just around the corner of any destination.  When we were in Casco Viejo, the heritage community of Panama City, my husband and I … More Danger Zones: What We Learned in Casco Viejo by Shelley Robinson

When the West Visits the East: Visiting Hong Kong by Chris Crawford

Booking the Trip:  “You won’t believe how cheap it is to fly to Hong Kong right now.”  That is how the the plans to travel and explore Hong Kong started.  Shelley and I had been thinking about planning a new trip and had been batting around some ideas for a few weeks.  Hong Kong was … More When the West Visits the East: Visiting Hong Kong by Chris Crawford

My One-Week Observations in Kowloon and Hong Kong by Shelley Robinson

Realizations:  Every so often, when I travel, I realize that I know very little about a lot of things.  In fact, I am just pretty darn ignorant about the world as a whole.  I felt a bit like this when I was in Kowloon and Hong Kong for the first time in 2017.  From the … More My One-Week Observations in Kowloon and Hong Kong by Shelley Robinson

Quick Travel Tips for Two-Star Travellers by Shelley Robinson

Seek Advice:  Recently, my son’s girlfriend asked me about how to travel inexpensively to Norway as they had been invited to a wedding.  They were not sure exactly where to start.  I usually give people advice to be open to multiple opportunities on a trip that will afford them not only interesting experiences, but some … More Quick Travel Tips for Two-Star Travellers by Shelley Robinson