A Quick Lap Around Cape Breton Island

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First of all, don’t do this. I am a lunatic and tend to push myself farther than any good sense allows. I am stubborn and I don’t know any better.  Do not do Cape Breton Island quickly. Allow yourself time to discover all the nooks and crannies of this beautiful isle, the easternmost section of Nova Scotia. Hike many trails, … Read More

Ethiopia?! Yes, Ethiopia. Right Now.

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Close your eyes for a second, and picture Ethiopia. What did you see?

I bet you three bucks you’re wrong. I’m willing to wage such high stakes given all the people that scrunched up their faces and went “Really, why would you want to go there?” as if I had blurted out that I wanted to visit downtown Baghdad. And I get it, I really had no idea what Ethiopia was either. I had the Bob Geldof songs in my head from the Live Aid efforts in the 80s, I’d seen the heartbreaking charity commercials that make you uncomfortably change channels. Dry, dusty, dismal.

Despite my impression of Ethiopia, I was still desperately curious and inexplicably smitten. Ethiopia had been whispering my name for years. I can’t explain it – my travel cravings have always been based on a gut feeling colliding with my insatiable curiosity. I just knew I had to see it.

Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation – Fun With Mucus

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A few months ago I got elephant snot on my arm.  Normally, any sort of mucus in my general vicinity is quite appalling. I can’t even stand to be around myself when I have a little sniffle. But in this case, I was pretty impressed about it all.  An elephant, in all her majestic elephant glory, had just chosen me to … Read More

Dancing the night away in Lalibela, Ethiopia

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I was doomed from the very first moment I saw him. So, I know. I’ve heard it plenty of times, from plenty of worried aunties and concerned friends. “You’ll end up in a snuff video” they say.  “We’re going to read about you in the news, and not in a good way,” they plead. But some things can’t be helped, … Read More

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

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.