Indian Heat

May 29, 2015 by

  It was just over a year ago that I was leaving India to travel to Nepal, Qatar and Europe. During that time, I felt the heat build. The temperatures went from hot during the day but comfortable for sleeping at night to atrociously hot during the day and unbearable for sleeping at night. Each night, I would wake up 4 or 5 times, completely soaking, and I would flip my pillow over, rotate myself to the other half of the bed and start anew. I can only imagine what the heat must feel like now, the heat that has resulted in a death toll of nearly 2000. My blog is typically not one that relays or discusses current events. I prefer to stick to the lighter side of life, to the stories that have...

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Explore The Elements

Feb 27, 2015 by

I have selected 4 photos for Thomas Cook’s Explore the Elements Travel Photoblogging Challenge. Rather than go on about each photo and what the content means to me, I will let the images speak for themselves, and I will allow you to be guided by the contest definitions of the elements: * Air “Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.” Water “Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.” Earth “Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity.” Fire “Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit.”   Now, as part of the...

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Map On My Wall

Jan 17, 2015 by

  I put a map on my wall this past week. It was going to cost $249 to have it framed, so I taped it. I then put little red stickers to mark off where I’ve been. Some cities and places weren’t listed so I had to guess. I stepped back and looked at those little dots. After more than ten years of travel and over 40 countries visited (some of them more than once), my map looked kind of empty. People always tell me I’ve travelled so much. It’s true, I have. Yet, it’s insatiable. This isn’t a glass/map half full or half empty scenario. It’s a fact – there is much of the world I’ve yet to see, so much I still crave. I looked at that map, at the little red...

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All The Liebe

Jan 14, 2015 by

Wow! If I’ve done my math correctly (and we should never trust my mental math), this is the third time I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. Last year, I was nominated twice and answered 22 questions in one go, and this year, Kristen from A Gypsy Breeze put me in her list of nominees. I’m going to break the rules here and not nominate anyone or come up with my own questions (only because I’ve done these relay type posts a number of times) but I will answer the questions! Just a little gratuitous rambling. Here are the 11 questions. 1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Lord have mercy on us all right now. I’ve lived in Canada (Winnipeg and Waterloo), and I’ve lived in...

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I Want To Have My Mountains & See Them Too...

Oct 29, 2014 by

  I learned the meaning of mountain in Nepal. Having grown up in one of the flattest parts of Canada, a mountain to me was always something off of which I could launch a toboggan. In Nepal, a mountain is not a mountain for its curved slopes and tobogganing potential but for the fact that its peaks break through the clouds, and its peaks are the first part of the earth that greet the sun every morning. In Nepal, the mountains are something to see. Earlier this year, I travelled through Nepal – Lumbini, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, Kathmandu. I had a flight booked the morning after my arrival in Kathmandu, direct to Qatar. I know myself well after almost 10 years of solo travel (and if it wasn’t solo, the travel was still dealing with myself...

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