Love at First Sight – I Call Bullshit

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Mouddy, my trusty Tanzanian mountain guide, had just proclaimed his love for me.   I, of course, debated this with him. Love at first sight, it seems the stuff of fairy tales. Prince Charming catches your eye from across a crowded room, and suddenly both lives become inextricably combined, tied together with passion, joy and “where have you been all my … Read More

Shenanigans in a Tanzanian Convent

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The nun waited patiently while I considered her offer. I already knew the answer was going to be yes but I had to allow the question to roam around in my brain for a little while first, savouring the moment, absorbing this little nugget of absurdity. The room was lit with candles dropping shadows across the wooden plank table.  The … Read More

Rats, Bats, and Cockroaches that Just Won’t Die

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“Rhonda, beware of the giant spider on the sink. He’s in here somewhere,” read the little note I had posted on the bathroom mirror of our fancy digs in Zanzibar. He had vanished while I ran off to scribble out a warning, the behemoth could be anywhere. I had made a sleepy middle of the night visit to the washroom … Read More

Getting Lucky in Dubai

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As I stepped into the room, a man I hadn’t noticed slipped behind me and abruptly turned the deadbolt. Well, this is it, I thought. Lost in a tangled maze of alleyways in the heart of Dubai, locked in a room with two unknown men. No one would miss me for days. I had been warned about travelling alone in … Read More

Sneaking Out After Dark in Kenya

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It was my second night in Africa, and I was twitchy excited. We were nestled in our tents, a mere stone wall preventing wild animals from chewing our necks open while we slept. Critters rustled about, dogs barked. “This is ridiculous” I thought, why on earth are we bothering with sleep when there’s an entire Africa out there to be … Read More

Packing Essentials Every Girl Needs

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I glance over at the enormous stack of clean laundry, and my over-stuffed dresser. The task that lay before me is far too overwhelming. I should go for a bike ride instead, and it’ll sort itself out. I wish. I’m leaving in a few days for a cram packed road trip. I didn’t mean for my itinerary to get so … Read More

Running Through a Gator Infested Swamp – On Purpose

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“Where are you headed?” the customs officer asked. “I’m off to race through an alligator infested swamp in South Carolina.” He took a moment. I’m not sure it was quite what he expected from a girl in her VW bug, dashboard vase overflowing with daisies and sparkly, lime green birds, late into the night. “Is this one of those endurance … Read More

Third World Buses – First World Fear

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I held on tight. Closed my eyes and begged my brain to imagine one of my happy places, often invoked while at the dentist. My brain did not cooperate – it was too busy forming the words “holy crap, we’re going to die!” Looking back, I think my brain was over reacting. True, buses that wind through the twists and … Read More

The Trouble With Ignoring Your Travel Doc

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  Warning: this post is disgusting, likely falls under the ‘too much information’ heading, and diminishes any hope of me ever dating again. Not that I’d want to… boys have cooties. Read at your own risk.   The choice was clear  –  I would have to cut off my own foot.  I no longer had any desire to keep it, … Read More

It’s Not a Date in Niagara Falls

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“Hey, can you hold this for a sec?”  I turned around to find him down on one knee, smiling hopefully, holding a ring in his outstretched hand. The flashy lights of the arcade came to a stop, at the peak of their brilliance. The beeps and bops of the video games were silenced; the only sound was the whooshing of … Read More

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