600km Walking Pilgrimage through Spain

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on September 2 2008

From the moment I discovered an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain in June last year, the attraction of walking hundreds of kilometres towards an assured destination grew on me daily. My eagerness to go on a month-long journey on foot across the steep slopes, lush valleys and forests of the Pyrenees, and through countless small towns and villages, was part of a subconscious quest to find depth and meaning in my life. At the age of 33, I was approaching – prematurely, perhaps – what seemed to be a mid-life crisis.

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Letter from Quebec: Preserving Heritage

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on November 8 2008

'TRAVEL is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,' wrote Miriam Beard. Life in Quebec is now my teacher, pointing out my knowledge gaps and honing my ideas of living - be it language, culture, life-skills, or the environment.

Denise Chng Lisan

My Gypsy Caravan

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Friday, August 08, 2008
It's finally here. I have been waiting for our three-week caravan trip to arrive.

Richard and I rented a small compact trailer, so that we can travel and camp along the coast of Gaspesie region in Northern Quebec during the summer month of August. The coastline is approximately 1000km, dotted with beautiful nature parks and beaches.

Being a known and well-established musician in the Gaspesie, Richard has been invited to sing and perform in various festivals along the coast. I would be a happy groupie, bringing along my cha-cha-cha instruments.

Up until now, I could only imagine what it would be like to be free as a bird, traveling, singing and stopping wherever we want. Who would have guessed that I would grow up to be a gypsy traveler.

The caravan is named "Charlie Bottine" by its owner. I must remember to ask the origins of the name. For now, I can't wait to go out with Charlie. With Richard and Charlie on the road with me, I'm a happy camper.

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2 Response to 'My Gypsy Caravan'

  1. Gina Said,'> 11 August 2008 at 08:08

    Hi, cousin :)
    Thank goodness for facebook and blogs! I was wondering what happened to you. Seems like you're on some great big adventure.

    Do take care and have plenty of fun.

    We're always here for u!



  2. Anonymous Said,'> 29 August 2008 at 08:56

    Hey! didn't know you could play the "cha cha cha" :O
    ~ shilly


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