A Road Trip Left to Fate

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When I turned 37, I challenged myself with a list of 37 tasks to complete during the year. You can catch up over here. This was an easy little adventure as I’m always game for a road trip: throw a dart at a map of Ontario and go there. Originally this item declared I had to go to both sides … Read More

Photo Friday – Give Peace a Chance

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Wow, it’s been a bonkers week, hasn’t it? Between a mayor who’s gone crackers and the plain old fact that it somehow turned into November, I managed to polish off a giant year-long to do list and pet a shark. And, according to my big fat liar of a driver’s license, I aged an entire year. Time for a bit … Read More

Ditch the Guidebook, Follow Your Heart Instead

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Years before I made it to Scotland, I bought a giant guidebook hoping that it would inspire me to get there someday. I read that sucker cover to cover, highlighting, dog-earing, studying and memorizing every last detail. I knew which pub to haunt, which castle would haunt me, the creepiest graveyards to tiptoe through and the most frightening of catacombs … Read More

Photo Friday – Mtae, Tanzania

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Anyone who has sat next to me for more than four minutes knows that this is one of my favourite places on the planet. Mtae is a teeny village high up in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania. I can’t quite explain what it is about Mtae that captures me, but I suspect it’s a combination of things rather than one … Read More

Getting Summerfolked

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Thousands of people, arm in arm, singing, swaying, and exuding an aura of peace. Every other person is wearing tie-dye, braids and Birkenstocks are high fashion. Musicians mingle with the audience in the beer tent, colourful people dance as though possessed by fairies. Old friends embrace; new ones greet each other with a warm smile. Nope, I haven’t morphed back … Read More

Running Away From Home

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Ever have one of those days/weeks/months where you just need to run away from home? I did, and it was wonderful.

Photo Friday – Haunted Carbisdale Castle, Scotland

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So a word about my mom.  Ok, maybe a few words. My mom is not a traveler – which is entirely fine. Except when you try to travel with her, and you are like me, a well-seasoned traveler. (Some might say I’m a little impulsive, impatient and keep going until I collapse in exhaustion. They might be correct.)  Our little … Read More

Stranded – My Road Trip With Complete Strangers

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I sure wish I had a proper photo of this one, but I was already pressing my luck. After a full day of travel that wrapped up a whirlwind adventure through western Colorado, I was keen to get home. For as much I love being on the road, there’s something to be said for being homeward bound.  Do you ever … Read More

Photo Friday – What happens in Amsterdam…

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One of the things I like best about travel is that you leave everything behind when you venture beyond the comfort of your home. No one to watch and judge you, none of the everyday life worries, and a whole different set of consequences if you screw up – the forgotten phone bill vs. drinking the local water.  It allows … Read More

Photo Friday – Zanzibar Attitude

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I can’t explain it – I simply fell in love with this kid. Generally kids make me uneasy for I fear I will break them, or devastate them with the truth about Santa, or worse yet they might expect me to be a responsible adult. I was swarmed by kids as I traveled through Africa and I promise you, they … Read More

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