It is true I have spent a decade Loooong Summer around the globe and loved it, but the chilly Winter also presents many cool -weather adventures from A to Z even when I have to bundle up and get my mufflers, scarves, hoodies, booties and coats to work!
Whether it is playing with snow, shoveling it, making snow angels or snow man or simply enjoying the cool temperatures while sightseeing around new destinations or sitting down,WINTER is ADVENTURE for a warm -bloodied me in these places, during celebrations...around the globe.
My first ever taste of this WINTER is ADVENTURE was in Arizona, USA when my mission friend Dana Cummings drove me around Las Vegas-Utah-Arizona checking sites like Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam.
B - Beijing Winter (China)
My very first trip in Beijing was in New Year of 2008 when temperatures was below zero in this capital city of China. Although it was surprisingly cold for me, WINTER is ADVENTURE with array of great places to visit for photo ops with ice berg. It was so much fun walking on frozen lakes and crossing paths which in the summer can only be reached by boat. Since then I knew that even some Asian countries can have cold months.
C - Christmas Celebration (New Jersey,USA)
If you are like me who long for White Christmas, then WINTER is ADVENTURE since this well - celebrated holiday coincides with the cold months! I checked this off my list only last December 25, 2011 while in New Jersey,USA. Although it was fairly dry on the actual Christmas Day, the snow flakes came in January, letting me experience the white thingy snow while still there.
D - Digging snow in Alton (Utah, USA)
Because Alton,Utah in the USA, gets a lot of snow in November to February, WINTER is ADVENTURE there for a snow bunny like me! Not only I can practice Digging snow to make a pathway at the lovely mountain chalet of my former boss Jim and Bonnie Pollock, but also I can make nice -looking snow angels with the soft velvety snow! The whole place is such a huge winter playground for snow bunnies!!
Everybody wants to go to Harvard, the oldest and most reputable institution of higher learning located in Boston, Massachusetts in the US and I am no exception. But since it is hard to get in (because of the admission requirements and the cost which is one of the highest in the US among private institutions), I grabbed the chance to be in Harvard without actually
F- Father Duffy Square & Sightseeing in Big Apple (NY, USA)
Since Autum of 2008, WINTER is ADVENTURE in Father Duffy Square, an expansive public plaza welcoming visitors from around the globe located at northern triangle of Times Square between 45th & 47th streets, Broadway in New York City. But don't just sit down. Head to the TKTS glassed-in sales center and buy a greatly -reduced theater tickets for your favorite Broadway shows. I assure you, the freezing temperature outside will not be felt inside the theater. But not only that! The Big Apple is a place for that WINTER to remember with all the sightseeing options around - Manhattan Circle Line Tour, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Central Park, etc.!
G - Great Wall in Beijing (China)
Seeing Hobbiton, a village in the fictional Middle Earth described in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, in a sheep farm in Matamata proves that WINTER is ADVENTURE in New Zealand. I was so mesmerized with the "party tree" (large pine tree where Frodo would disappear when he touches the Ring perfectly placed in front of the lake), decorated hobbit holes, gardens, bridge, The Mill and The Green Dragon, to be exactly how they appeared in the LOTR trilogy.
WINTER is ADVENTURE in Tasmania (Australia), the so - called Island State with the kick off of its Antarctic Midwinter Festival in Hobart around June 19 to June 28. This annual event celebrates the unique connections the Island State has with Antarctica, the world's last great wilderness. For those with sweet tooth like me, a taste of the Chocolate Winterfest in Latrobe, Northwest Tasmania is a true WINTER treat!
As the 2012 Olympic Games' host, WINTER is ADVENTURE in London, England with opportunity to visit not only the sites for the Olympic games, but doing a jumpshot at the must - visit tourist attractions which can be enjoyed even when temperature goes below zero like the Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Palace of Westminster, Tower of London, etc.
K - Kiwiland Adventures (New Zealand)
WINTER is ADVENTURE in Kiwiland or in other words, New Zealand as I conquered my dream destination in June 2012.
L - Loving Lincoln (England)
M - Melbourne Fun (Australia)
WINTER is ADVENTURE in Melbourne, Australia.
N - New Year's Day (USA)
Another holiday that makes WINTER is ADVENTURE is New Year and there's no better way celebrating it than seeing the historic ball drop in Times Square.
O - Ocean Parks Adventures (Global)
WINTER is ADVENTURE inside the many Ocean Parks around the globe like this one in Hongkong.
Q - Queen it over in New Plymouth
Many times the cold winter will try to stop you from enjoying your destination. so those times is an opportunity to show whose the Queen (or king!). That's what I did in New Plymouth, so I was able to enjoy the highlights of the cleanest small city in the world cold for me, WINTER is ADVENTURE with array of great places to visit for photo ops with ice berg. It was so much fun walking on frozen lakes and crossing paths which in the summer can only be reached by boat. Since then I knew that even some Asian countries can have cold months.
Going on a road trip maybe a bit challenging (with possibility of snowfall) during the winter months. But with the right preparation Road Tripping Around East Coast in the United States will prove that WINTER is ADVENTURE since there are holiday festivities and winter sports to enjoy. Plus, a snow - covered forest is such a site to behold!
Although it was surprisingly cold for me, WINTER is ADVENTURE in Sydney, Australia as I embarked on my solo journey around this exciting city.
Although it was surprisingly cold for me, WINTER is ADVENTURE in Hershey, Pennsylvania as I travel around enjoying the yummy treats in this "sweetest place on earth".
U - Utah's Cool Surprises
As my kind of destination for all seasons,WINTER is ADVENTURE in Utah, USA, with so many great places to visit to be a snow bunnies and meet warm friends.
WINTER is ADVENTURE in Waitomo, New Zealand because of its various caves which any travelers - young or old, can enjoy even during the coldest months of June to August in that part of the globe. Yes, I was inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves last June 3, 2012, and was surprised to find a fully tiled cave that allows even children to appreciate and enjoy the thousands of magical glowworms during the tour itself and the boat ride, and "become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history".
X - Xiamen, Hongkong, Shanghai, Macau Deals
WINTER is ADVENTURE in Chinese cities like Xiamen, Shanghai, Macau and Hongkong.
Y - Your York (England)
For history buff like me, WINTER is ADVENTURE in the historic city of York in England (United Kingdom) a Roman - named city "EBORACUM"founded in 71 AD. Historic feel was at its best within its two-mile walls checking the iconic York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, the Undercroft, Treasury and Crypt where Constantine was proclaimed Emperor and at Clifford's Tower, a proud symbol of the power of England's medieval kings. Then I started sweating out by climbing the 275 steps of the Minster's Central Tower for the best panoramic view and then exploring the interiors at JORVIK Viking Centre, the very site of the 1,000 year old Viking city of Jorvik. For the finale, a ghost walk and tour for a spine - tingling experience that will haunt you forever is a must!
Taking the free - guided tour around the 35 acresTemple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah (the main gathering place of Zion) is an experience to claim that WINTER is ADVENTURE since the Temple Square is open to ALL visitors of all faiths from 9am to 9pm all-year round. You can start with the Salt Lake Temple, the centerpiece of the square and the sixth temple completed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after more than 40 years. Then go to the North Visitor's Center, where you can see a cross-sectioned model of the temple and an interactive touchscreen showing the rooms and the use of the rooms inside the temple. To see the beautiful Christus statue on display, head to the South Visitors Center. You can then proceed to the Conference Center, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Beehive House and other buildings.