If You Go Out In The Woods Today…

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I really don’t know why I do this to myself, but if you’ve been following along on this wee blog, you’ll see I have a tendency to do things that will scare the bejesus out of me.  Whether I’m climbing cliffs with no strings attached or splashing about in class 5 rapids in Uganda, it would seem I’m an adrenaline … Read More

Church for the Unholy – My Five Faves

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I am a heathen. I haven’t done the church thing since the days when my mom would haul my brother and I off to Sunday school so she could get a reprieve from lego wars and tinker toy battles. I’m not opposed to church going – I mean, who doesn’t love a good sing along while sitting on excruciatingly painful … 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

Taking a Dip in the Devil’s Pool

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“I’m going to murder you in your sleep,” growled Rhonda.  Normally, my travelling sidekick is a rather nice girl. Kind even. Apparently I had crossed a line. “Oh come on, it’ll be fun! What could possibly go wrong?”  She peered over the edge of the 100m high cliff, the bottom of the gorge shrouded in a mist of spray, and … 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

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

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