Entries by Caroline Cheng

CNSC and Rankin Inlet

I normally do not talk about places I stay; they are normally where I sleep and where I park my luggage.  CNSC, however, is different and deserve a mention.  CNSC stands for Churchill North Study Centre.  It is about 20 kM out of Churchill on the edge of boreal forest and the tundra.  They provides […]


Churchill is a small town on the shore of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba.  My only reason to go was to see the belugas. The polar bears are, however, the real tourist draw, especially in October and November.  Churchill is quirky and very different than Canadian towns further south. Churchill has an average population of […]


I am in Churchill, Manitoba. For most Canadians, Churchill is synoamous with polar bears.  However, I am here to see the beluga whales.  Yes, I could have saved myself a lot of money by going whale watching in the St Lawrence River; but that beluga population is small and is threatened.  There are lots of […]

Human Rights

I am in Churchill (Manitoba) to see the beluga whales.  You will hear more about that later.  The subject of human rights popped up several times lately.  I just want to put in my 2 cents worth. I make absolutely no effort to seek out human right abuses in my travels.  However, I do go […]

Christianity in the Holy Land

Finally, this is the last post from my Jordan/Israel trip.  It took a while because there are many significant ones in Israel and Jordan and I had to sort them out in my head.  They are not necessarily huge by North American standard.  Most are simple and dignified.  Best of all, I did not get […]

Hike May 8, 2019

It was a perfect day for a hike in Gatineau Park.  The sun was shinning, the temperature was perfect, and there was no bugs.  Eleven hikers started from Eardly-Macham road (as far as we can drive – just before the Churchill bridge).  Dave P lead the group using an alternate route behind the Churchill outhouse […]

Other Non-Church Sites in Israel and Jordan

It is not surprising that, with so much history and conflicts in the area, there are plenty other sites of interest to tourists.  Places of worship will be described in a separate blog. Masada (Israel) is an isolated desert mesa beside the Dead Sea.  It is synonymous with Jewish resistance and spirit.  It was built […]

Petra and Little Petra

I am sure that all of you have heard of Petra and have seen photos/movies of the spectacular city of stone.  It is one of the 7 wonders of the world and justifiably so.  It did not disappoint, even second time around.  I visited Petra in 1992 and had the honour to have the entire […]

A Tale of Two Cities

I am in Amman Jordan now.  Before I compare the cities of Jerusalem and Amman, I just want to say a few words about my last full day in Israel.  The day started with  a visit to Bethlehem in the West Bank.  Geographically, Bethlehem is not far from Jerusalem but it is so different.  West […]

Churches, Churches, Mosques, and more Churches

Yes, I saw plenty of places of worship in the last 5 days.  There are mostly churches with some other things throw in.  The chance that I could keep them straight is almost nil and many are very significant.  I would have to sit down and sort them out once I am home. This building […]