In this article I discuss the best way to visit Newfoundland (spoiler alert: it’s by boat), along with insights into the history, language, and culture of Newfoundland.
I grew up in Toronto, which was where I sold everything I owned to embrace my dreams of long-term world travel. First, I took the train west across the country and explored Vancouver Island, before settling in Edmonton for seven months (much of which were spent in the Rocky Mountains near Jasper).
I have since gone back to Canada to visit family and friends, and also to do some further explorations.
Here’s a summary of where I went in 2018; although none of the 6 countries were new to me, the places I visited and experiences I had TOTALLY were! Enjoy.
2016 started off in one way, turned left, got flipped upside down, then messed up in the blender. Here’s how it all came out in the end:
Here are 18 of the world’s fastest, highest, longest, deepest, happiest, smelliest, most dangerous – and more – things I’ve done:
After living in Peru for a while and then returning to Canada for a visit, I was surprised by some of the differences in daily life. Check it out:
In 2014 I traveled through/lived in 7 countries, and traversed over 34,000 miles. Here’s a summary of what I did, and where.
Some pictures and stories of my visit to Muskoka Ontario and the lifetime of memories it holds for me. Included: a shot of me 12 years ago on a sportbike!
Amidst a sea of people buried in their iPhones and MP3 players, I see something on a Toronto subway that warms my heart and reminds me of the city I left five years ago.
Here are some impressions and colourful shots of the Toronto Pride Parade, attracting over a million people on a hot sunny Sunday afternoon.
Airport Musings: Thoughts that Happen During the Longest Trip on Earth This is the story of one girl’s determination to take a large trip without layovers, inexpensively, and somewhat stupidly. Please enjoy my antics. So. The longest trip on earth (or at least so it felt). I endured it recently, and lived to tell the […]
For those who missed it, here is a (poorly captured by yours truly – sorry for the mouse hand on the screen) rendition of my appearance on Canada AM this morning. The powers that be liked it enough that I think you’ll be seeing me a few more times on the show in the next […]
Here is a conversation I had with an Aussie mate the other day: Me: “Do you have a nickel?” Aussie Mate: “A what?” Me: “A nickel”. Aussie Mate: “A what?” Me: “Oh for god’s sake. A nickel! You know – a five-cent piece!” Aussie Mate: “OH! A five-cent piece!” (hands over said currency) Me: “Why? […]
Although my week in nature’s heaven of Muskoka was relaxing, the weather wasn’t exactly co-operative. We had one or two days warm and sunny enough to swim in the lake, and the rest was spent largely inside; avoiding the rain, mosquitoes (which are about twice the size of their Aussie cousins), and unseasonably chilly temperatures. […]
Okay, so we weren’t exactly sailing, nor did we go away per se. But we were on the Segwun, nonetheless. After arriving in Toronto, I was immediately whisked away to Muskoka to spend some quality time with my mum at a friend’s cottage. Muskoka, a world-famous cottage spot which is about two hours north of […]
Mums are the best, and mine is no exception. Upon hearing that I was going to travel up to Toronto from New York City via overnight bus, she kicked into full “mum mode”. “I really don’t like the idea of you having to take an overnight bus ride after a 30+ hour flight from Australia. […]
You may remember from my earlier post about Edmonton, I identified some of the many charming (and otherwise) new experiences I had when I came out here. Having spent the summer in Edmonton now, I have discovered yet more differences between Edmonton & Toronto, Alberta & Ontario, West & East. Here are a few more […]
My last post on The Ominous Disaster Point caving experience was a recount of the actual events of the weekend and our caving experience. But I have spoken to many people (both before and since I wrote the article) who have cited me as being just plain crazy for caving at all. Therefore, I’d like […]
A little over a year ago, I came out to Alberta for a visit. During that time, Kelly & I made a getaway to the mountains near Jasper. We hiked, climbed, and caved. Being my first caving experience, we decided to start by aiming high with Disaster Point: a very technical cave involving multiple rappels […]
It appears that we have nailed down the next step to our adventure; and it takes us to (of all places) Hawaii! You may recognize that Hawaii is out of left field for us, since our original initial destination was Costa Rica and Latin America in general. Well, dear reader, read on! One of our […]
When you are traversing a spiny ridge over 10,000 feet in the air, with an incredibly steep rocky scree slope on one side and cliffs overlooking thin air on the other side, and the wind is blowing fiercely, there is but one golden rule to live by: Don’t Look Down! At least, that became the […]
Note: Are you interested in the secrets of First Class? Check out this post to apply a science to get there: Financial Travel Tip #103: Frequent Flyer Mile Accumulation, Management, and Redemption. I’ve flown on a lot of planes. I mean a lot. Not only passenger planes, but I’ve also taken about 300 rides in various […]
Part of the joy of mountaineering is the sense of accomplishment and elation you get when you get to the top….and then back down to the bottom again safely. Inevitable at some point during the often exhausting journey in mixed conditions is the sense of “Why the heck am I doing this????” But of course, […]
The last two weekends running, I have been in the mountains. Last weekend was at Hidden Valley near Jasper, where I accompanied a few members of the Alpine Club of Canada on a traditional multi-pitch rock climbing trip with an instructional bent. This weekend past was to “scramble” up Grotto Mountain and Middle Sister Mountain, […]
So we’ve already determined that I am a mountain person extraordinaire. But we weren’t so sure I was a camping person. My last experience camping was on the May 24th weekend some 6 or so years ago. Upon leaving the campground after 3 days of shivering in the cold and getting soaked by the rain, […]
Edmonton: It’s amazing what 3000 kms and 3 provinces will do for changing the landscape….. And I don’t mean just the physical landscape. Although if you’ve seen the Rocky Mountains you needn’t go any further to know that you’re in a drastically different place. What I’m talking about are the small subtle differences between Toronto […]
Travelling on public transportation with backpacks can be fun. No really. Laden with 50lb packs and a positive attitude, we boarded the bus-to-the-ferry-to-the-bus-to-the-bus to the Vancouver hostel. It was a 7 hour adventure in total, which we thought would be a good exercise in preparing us for navigating public transportation during future travels. All went […]
Okay. Maybe the pendulum has swung for us and we want nothing to do with cities after having lived the city life for a while. Maybe we’ve been spoiled by Toronto, the largest city in Canada, with (arguably) the most to offer. Or maybe Victoria just isn’t all it’s cracked (pardon the pun – sorry […]
Courtenay (on Vancouver Island) is actually a place we could call home. After a few rainy days in Tofino we decided to make our way back towards the eastern side of Vancouver Island and homeward bound. After spending a night at Gary & Michelle’s home (Gary being a friend we just met on the ferry […]
It started with a love-hate affair with KYC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). I so loved getting a big bucket of the greasy, deep-fried-with-southern-love chicken, the fries with peppery gravy that had an unidentifiable foreign taste to it; and the selection of plastic macaroni salad & bright (too bright if you know what I mean) green coleslaw. […]
Ucluelet (pronounced yoo-cloo-lit…say that five times fast) was yet another unplanned locale for us. Our efforts were originally directed towards Tofino, which is the popular northern town on the western peninsula of Vancouver Island. However we had trouble finding available accommodations there, and in the spirit of “rolling with the punches” we decided to capitalize […]
I’ve said it over and over to people, and now I’m truly seeing and realizing it: Canada has so much to offer. From one coast to the other, there is so much variety, and even great cultural differences everywhere. When we came to British Columbia, as a Torontonian I was actually a bit “put off” […]
If somebody tells you “It’s worth its weight in gold to pay the extra cash for a cabin” – listen to them. The ferry ride from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy (on Vancouver Island) is a 20 hour adventure, taking passengers through the beautiful inside passage. Lush mountains covered in trees with white snow caps […]
An impromptu stay for longer than expected in Prince Rupert certainly paid off in spades. “Jimmy The Janitor” was the first friendly face, stopping his busy rounds to chat with us about the town. “If you aren’t afraid of work, and you have a business you like, you’ll do well here,” he said in a […]
Kelly & I feel that the mountains call our names out. We are truly mountain people. There is something about being cradled by range after range of these majestic pieces of ancient history that ignites a feeling a true happiness in us, reminding us of how small we are in the general scheme of things […]
Wow. Is the train ever the way to travel! So many people dream of traveling across Canada by train. Yet so few seem to do it. Strong Travel Recommendation: If you have the time and ability to travel across the country, take the train! It’s the way to go in our eyes. DAY ONE OF […]
If you’re going on a big trip, the weight of such a venture rarely sinks in until you’re on your way. Most people going on a big vacation for example cite realizing the gravity of it only when they’re on the plane, or even once they’ve arrived. Similarly, I have found that various parts of […]
This is just a taste of the scenery we expect to drink in during our summer in Alberta. The photo was taken while trekking last May (2006) on Parker Ridge, near the Columbia Icefields. You can expect many more photos as we travel; as soon as Blogger works out some kinks in regards to hosting […]
We are sitting amidst makeshift furniture, boxes, piles of “stuff” scattered everywhere; we are moving! Well, not so much moving as liquidating. Currently we are working towards separating all our belongings into 4 piles: 1) Take with us 2) Store 3) Sell 4) Give Away Take With Us: Knowing that everything I need to survive […]